KP thanks England teammates, fans following outstanding Mumbai Test win

Last Updated: Tue, Nov 27, 2012 05:50 hrs

England batsman Kevin Pietersen thanked his teammates and the travelling fans after he won the man of the match for his brilliant 186 in the first innings that helped England beat India in the Mumbai Test on Monday.

Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann took 19 wickets between them to ensure England only had to chase 57 on Monday, something they achieved with a minimum of fuss.

"Thanks to the guys in the dressing room and the management for sorting everything out. Every day you put on an England jersey is a special day," the Guardian quoted Pietersen, as saying.

"We are so privileged as England cricketers with the spectators that travel around the world with us, they are purely magnificent. Without their support we can't achieve things," he added.

Asked where he placed the ton among his record-equalling haul of 22, Pietersen 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."

"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," he added.

"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," he said. (ANI)

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