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Firoz Mirza, Hindustan Times
Nagpur, December 18, 2012
After England were defeated 0-2 by South Africa in the three-match series at home, they not only lost their numero uno status in Tests but also their star performer Kevin Pietersen.

That things don't go your way when you are passing through a tough phase, is something the English will vouch for.

However, with a series victory in India after 28 years, everything has started to fall in place for the visitors.

And how could Pietersen, who played a crucial role in England's turnaround after the opening Test loss, not be a part of the celebrations.

After the historic triumph, the explosive batsman reportedly took a stroll around the dressing room with the names of his teammates inscribed on his T-shirt.

The happy reintegration or in England wicketkeeper Matt Prior's words 'excessive reintegration' was there for everyone to see.

'Love this! @kevinpp24 is so reintegrated he's walking around with all our names on his shirt!' was the tweet posted by Matt Prior soon after the series victory.

Prior even took a jibe at former England skipper Michael Vaughan, who had announced on Twitter after Cook's side lost the first Test in Ahmedabad, that this team could not play spin.

Captain Cook, the architect of the famous victory, held it at par with winning in Australia.

"As an Englishman, winning in Australia meant a huge amount, but here the dressing room, especially in the last half hour so, knowing what we had achieved, was a very special place to be in," he reacted.

"It will stay in my memory. I'm going to enjoy it tonight," he said.

Meanwhile, Man-of-the-Match James Anderson too joined in the celebrations on Twitter and announced a long drinking session before their wee-hour flight. 

'A truly amazing all-round effort to win out here. Everyone has been brilliant. Lots of drinking to do now before 4am flight home!' was his tweet.