Pietersen used to scare Bangladesh’s left-arm spin
Because at that time Mohammad Rafique, Abdur Razzak and Shakib Al Hasan – Bangladesh used to come down with three left-arm spinners. Another left-arm spinner Manjural Islam Rana used to play before Shakib came. Overall, the main force of the Tigers’ bowling attack was left-arm spin.
That’s why Pietersen didn’t like to visit Bangladesh very much. He always found the Bangladesh tour difficult. He had so much fear of left-arm spinners in his mind that until he got on the plane, it seemed that the pilots were spinning left-arm in front of him.
Pietersen made the remarks in an interview with cricket-based website Cricbuzz. Host Pommie Mbangwa asked him about his memories of playing cricket in the subcontinent. Speaking of Bangladesh, Pietersen said everything with only left-arm spin.
“Bangladesh! It’s really hard to visit there. Especially when I was playing. I can’t play left-arm spin and every bowler in Bangladesh is like a left-arm spinner. After I got on the plane, the pilots also seemed to be spinning left-handed. People are walking on the runway, they are also spinning left-handed. To me, Bangladesh means left-arm spin.”
However, there is enough reason for Pietersen to be afraid of Bangladesh’s left-arm spin. Because he had been out 10 times against Bangladesh in Tests and ODIs. Every time a left-arm spinner showed him the way to the dressing room.
Pietersen has scored 74 runs in 7 matches against Bangladesh in ODIs and 342 runs in 7 innings of 4 matches in Tests. He had been out a total of 10 times. Shakib Al Hasan (5), Abdur Razzak (4) and the late Manjarul Islam Rana (1) got his wicket.