Kevin Pietersen believes his 186 was his best Test innings for England
Last Updated: 26/11/12 8:06am
Kevin Pietersen: Delighted with victory over India
Kevin Pietersen said his 186 could now be considered the best Test innings of his career after England completed a 10-wicket victory over India in the second Test in Mumbai.
Pietersen's knock was his first major contribution since being re-integrated into the side and allowed the tourists to establish a first-innings lead - and they cruised to their second-innings target of 57 to level the four-match series at 1-1.
Asked where he placed the ton among his record-equalling haul of 22, he said: "Now that we've won, probably at the top.
"Yesterday I said we needed to win the match and Test hundreds feel a lot better when you win."
Pietersen also paid tribute to spinners Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann - who took 19 of India's 20 wickets in the match - and skipper Alastair Cook, who has now hit centuries in his first four matches as captain.
"Panesar, Swann were outstanding in that second innings. Cookie is a magnificent cricketer - he'll break every England record for Test hundreds and career runs.
"What a difference a week makes. The boys came to Mumbai, they worked hard, they trained hard, they backed themselves and there's a good united spirit in that dressing room which is magnificent."
"Thanks to the guys in the dressing room and the management for sorting everything out," he said. "Every day you put on an England jersey is a special day."
"We are so privileged as England cricketers with the spectators that travel around the world with us, they are purely magnificent."