How Rahul Dravid’s advice to play spin changed the world for Kevin Pietersen | Cricket News
Rahul Dravid and Kevin Pietersen at The Oval in 2011. (Photo by Shaun Botterill / Getty Images)
LONDON: former England captain Kevin Pietersen has acclaimed Rahul DravidThe influence of his hitting, saying the advice of the legendary Indian on how to play spin opened up a “whole new world” for him.
Pietersen said that his Indian Premier League experiences, hitting alongside world class players like Dravid and Virender Sehwag, helped him expand his repertoire of shots.
Pietersen played for several IPL teams like the old Deccan chargers, Delhi Daredevils, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Hyderabad Sunrises.
“Dravid wrote me the most beautiful email, explaining the art of spinning and since then it was a whole new world,” said the former England hitting star.
“The key point was to look up the length as soon as the ball was delivered: wait for the roulette wheel and make your decision,” said the 40-year-old man, quoted by ‘Sky Sports’ during a discussion about how one day the batting had developed over the years.
During his 10 years as an England player, from 2004 to 2014, Pietersen was one of the world’s most explosive hitters, particularly in the limited Cricket.
He scored 8,181 runs from 104 Tests to an average of 47.28. From 136 ODI, it reached 4440 at an average of 40.73.
Pietersen said his famous switch hit was in part a product of the hours he spent playing squash when he was young.