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Pietersen takes Iyer’s knock to task with a sharp critique


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Visakhapatnam, Feb 2: Former England batter Kevin Pietersen was scathing in his assessment of India batter Shreyas Iyer’s knock of 27 on Day One of the second Test at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium on Friday, saying he isn’t impressed when someone falls in a sloppy manner.
Iyer made 27 off 59 balls, before under-edging a cut shot to wicketkeeper Ben Foakes off left-arm spinner Tom Hartley in the 51st over, the dismissal coming out of nowhere. It was an odd innings from Iyer, where he was constantly shuffling around his crease, including when facing the spinners.
“Listen, when Kohli comes back and other guys come back (KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja) and these are the days these boys are going to look back and go, ‘Oh why did I not get a hundred? I had the opportunity to get the hundred’.”
“And when you are sloppy like that, getting out doesn’t impress me at all. You got to really grab the game by the scruff of its neck and say I am not letting go here. I am afraid to say with Shreyas it all seems a bit too sloppy. Sloppy is the word,” said Pietersen in a chat with the broadcasters.
Pietersen was also left irked by Iyer shuffling outside leg before coming to his original position while playing against spinners. “When he is facing up to the bowler, he is jogging his leg out to leg side and then comes back to just defend the ball. You go to show some more intent than leg out there.” (IANS)


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