Pietersen shares Dravid’s letter on how to play spin
Every cricketer is not perfect because he makes mistakes and the one who learns from it quickly would improve a lot. At times, even the best cricketers need some fruitful tips and suggestions to switch to next gear and former England batsman Kevin Pietersen shared one such incident.
He had highlighted the time when England were in Bangladesh for an important assignment- three-match ODI and two-match Test series in 2010. In three ODIs, Pietersen managed to score only 41 runs at an average of 13.66 and a strike rate of 60.29. Coming at No. 3, Pietersen fell prey to Bangladesh left-arm spinner in Shakib Al Hasan and Abdur Razzak in all the 3 matches.
In the practice match which was played before the opening Test in Chittagong, Kevin Pietersen flopped badly as he got out on low-scores- 2 and 20 in the first and second innings respectively. What was more really bothering too much for KP was that he was dismissed by spinners on both occasions.
It was then that Pietersen had finally turned to his RCB teammate Rahul Dravid seeking advice on how to effectively play and cope with the pressure of spinners, especially Shakib Al Hasan and Abdur Razzak.
After the query was raised, Rahul Dravid wrote a letter to the English cricketer. Kevin Pietersen has also mentioned this incident in his autobiography titled ‘KP: The Autobiography’. In a recent tweet which is going viral on social media has the screenshot of Dravid’s letter from the book.
“One good practice is to bat against Swann and Monty without pads or with just knee pads (maybe not a day before a game!). When you have no pads it will force you, sometimes painfully, to get the bat forward off the pads and will force you to watch the ball. Also, the leg will be less keen to push out without any protection.
Rahul Dravid's email to Kevin Pietersen when the latter asked 'The Wall' on how to play spin. pic.twitter.com/142wnaUDqo
— Khushboo Soni (@Khushboo_) September 15, 2019
“My coach would tell me you should never need pads to play spin!! Watch the ball and trust yourself. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t play spin, I have seen you and you can,” legendary Rahul Dravid wrote in his letter.
In the two Tests which England played in Bangladesh conditions, Kevin Pietersen brought the best out of himself as he scored 250 runs at an average of 83.33 and a strike rate of 74.18 including two half-centuries to his name.