London:Former captain Nasser Hussain hailed Kevin Pietersen and his teammates for not taking the easy option of running away and said they have done the right thing by agreeing to tour India even despite the recent terror attacks in Mumbai.
Writing in 'Daily Mail', the Chennai-born former England captain said, "This is an excellent statement from the England team - the players standing shoulder to shoulder with the Indian people rather than running away from a difficult situation.
"It would have been easy for them to take the soft option and say they were not returning to India after what happened in Mumbai but they have emphasised their togetherness as a team," he said.
Hussain said the English team would go into the series 'undercooked' but asserted result would be irrelevant now.
"I hope there will be a minute's silence before the first Test and the players wear armbands because, really, that is what this Test series will be all about now. I hope the cricket will be hard fought but, to be honest, it will be incidental.
"It will not matter if Andrew Strauss doesn't get too many runs or Monty Panesar is spanked because, after the events of the last week, they will surely be undercooked going into the series. It is about playing the game in a part of the world where it is crucial to everyday lives," he said.
"Full credit to Kevin Pietersen for taking a lead. Results will be irrelevant from now on. The right thing has been done," he added.