On 25th November 2012, Kevin Pietersen played one of the best innings ever by a visiting batsman in India, during his mammoth effort of 186 in Mumbai.
England entered into the 2nd test of the series having suffered a heavy defeat in the previous test in Ahmedabad. The pitch at Wankhede was a spinner’s dream – the ball turned square from Day 1! India were rescued by an exceptional Pujara hundred, which allowed them to get to 320 in the first innings. England were starting to crumble at 68 for 2, when Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen got together for a match-winning 206-run partnership. No prizes for guessing who the dominant player was in that stand.
Pietersen was at his best. From the lap sweep behind the keeper, to guiding the ball towards the third-man boundary with a reverse sweep, he covered all parts of the ground. As a packed crowd at the Wankhede Stadium were expecting a good bowling performance by India, they couldn’t help but be amazed and applaud the magic on display. He finished with a score of 186, which included 20 boundaries and four sixes. Pietersen’s batting bordered on being superhuman. On a rank-turner, KP’s relentless aggression towards the spinners on Day 3 of the Mumbai Test, changed the course of the match.
Monty Panesar and Grame Swann breezed through the Indian batting line-up in the second innings, bowling them out for just 142 runs, with only two batsmen reaching double figures! Alastair Cook and Nick Compton eased their way to the 58-run target on Day 4, giving England a dominant 10-wicket win over India.
The sheer quality and aggression by Kevin Pietersen paved the way for England to win the Mumbai Test and follow it up with excellent performances in the next two games. They notched up an excellent win in Kolkata and drew the Nagpur Test, registering a historic 2-1 series win.
Relive that incredible innings here!