Rahul Dravid and Kevin Pietersen at The Oval in 2011. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON: Former England captain Kevin Pietersen has hailed Rahul Dravid‘s affect on his batting, saying the legendary Indian’s advice on how to play spin opened up a “whole new world” for him.
Pietersen stated his Indian Premier League experiences, batting alongside world-class gamers resembling Dravid and Virender Sehwag, helped him develop his repertoire of photographs.
Pietersen performed for varied IPL groups like the erstwhile Deccan Chargers, Delhi Daredevils, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
“Dravid wrote me the most beautiful e-mail, explaining the art of playing spin and ever since then it was a whole new world,” the former England batting star stated.
“The key point was looking for the length as soon as the ball was delivered – wait for the spinner and make your decision,” the 40-year-old was quoted as saying by ‘Sky Sports’ throughout a dialogue on how one-day batting has developed over the years.
During his 10 years as an England participant, from 2004 to 2014, Pietersen was one in all the world’s most explosive batsmen — notably in limited-overs cricket.
He scored 8181 runs from 104 Tests at a mean of 47.28. From 136 ODIs, he hit 4440 at a mean of 40.73.
Pietersen stated his famed switch-hit was partly the product of hours spent taking part in squash as a teenager.