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Beating India in India is difficult: Pietersen


Posted: Nov 07, 2008 at 1942 hrs IST

Mumbai, November 7:: England captain Kevin Pietersen on Friday admitted that beating India at home is a difficult proposition but insisted that with talismanic all-rounder Andrew Flintoff back in the fold, his team was capable of stunning M S Dhoni’s men in the upcoming ODI series.

“The series is going to be difficult. The Indian cricket team led by M S Dhoni is looking fantastic. It is going to be a hard game for us,” Peitersen said at a press conference in Mumbai after the English team arrived for the seven-match series starting November 14.

“Beating India is going to be tough....The wickets are flat, the ball swings, the ground conditions are different..

We drew the Test series and got smashed in the one-dayers last time. But we are looking to improve,” he added.

The English skipper also lauded the performances of senior Indian team members like Sourav Ganguly and V V S Laxman in the ongoing Test series against Australia.

“Players like Sourav Ganguly and V V S Laxman are doing well for India, I wish them well,” he said.

On Flintoff’s inspired return, Pietersen said, “He was injured and when he came he was firing. When you miss something you love for 18 months, it is very hard to come back. You want to perform and you have the newness and energy.” “It is not fair to say that I did anything in terms of Flintoff coming back, he is a marvelous player and did well before as a captain,” Pietersen said.

“We are trying to get fast bowler Steve Harmison back in the squad,” Pietersen added.

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