Beneath Kohli’s captaincy, India misplaced two Assessments in New Zealand early final yr, suffered a humiliating defeat within the collection opener in opposition to Australia in Adelaide in December, earlier than taking place to England within the first match in Chennai earlier this week.
“I completely do not anticipate issues to vary, however it’s inconceivable to keep away from the persevering with debate across the Indian Check-match captaincy,” Pietersen wrote in his weblog put up for ‘Betway’.
“Virat Kohli has now misplaced 4 consecutive Check matches as skipper and has Ajinkya Rahane, who simply led India to a well-known collection win in Australia, in his aspect,” he added.
Within the absence of Kohli, vice-captain Rahane led an injury-ravaged Indian staff to a scintillating 2-1 collection win in Australia.
The unlikely win in Australia gave rise to the controversy if Kohli must be changed by Rahane as India’s Check captain.
Nonetheless, the previous England skipper threw his weight behind Kohli, saying he’s completely succesful to guide his aspect to victory.
“On social media, each radio station, each tv channel and each information channel, there are very deep discussions round what ought to occur. Captaining your nation could be very tough and sadly that is the character of the beast.
“It is another distraction that Kohli does not want however he’s, in fact, able to main his aspect to a victory within the second Check to quieten issues down a bit,” Pietersen mentioned.
The 40-year-old additionally feels the stress will likely be on veteran English pacer Stuart Broad to carry out within the second Check after James Anderson bowled a match-winning spell within the collection opener.
“Whereas Anderson has now conquered every nation he has performed in, the one factor that Stuart Broad hasn’t executed is carry out in India. His report – 10 wickets in six matches at a median of practically 54 – is not spectacular in any respect.
“Anderson and Broad are hailed as an unimaginable partnership, and naturally they’ve been, however that is the distinction between the 2,” Pietersen mentioned.
Broad, who was rested for the primary Check as a part of England’s rotation coverage, is about to play within the second sport and Pietersen feels this collection possibly the final likelihood for the pacer to create a legacy in India.
“If Broad needs to be globally recognised as a bowler that delivers in all situations, he is truly underneath various stress to carry out within the second Check.
“Not solely does changing an in-form Anderson within the staff deliver its personal calls for, however it should additionally most likely be his final likelihood to nail it in India. He’s an skilled and fantastic bowler, although, so he has each likelihood.”