KP ridicules Dhoni's 'pie-chucker' ploy, Kirsten defends

Dhoni sprang a surprise by introducing Yuvraj Singh, apparently prompted by the fact that Yuvraj had trapped Kevin in the 2nd innings of the Chennai Test.

updated: December 21, 2008 14:47 IST
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England captain Kevin Pietersen on Sunday ridiculed his opposite number Mahendra Singh Dhoni's ploy to bowl the day's third over with "pie-chucker" Yuvraj Singh even though India coach Gary Kirsten found it a smart move by the Indian captain.

Pietersen walked out to bat at a time when England had lost two wickets for just one run in misty conditions. Zaheer Khan had removed Andrew Strauss for a duck in his first over and was expected to return for his second over.

But Dhoni sprang a surprise by introducing Yuvraj Singh, a ploy apparently prompted by the fact that Yuvraj had trapped Pietersen in the second innings of the Chennai Test.

Pietersen, who went on to score a masterly 144, said he was pleasantly surprised to see a "pie-chucker" like Yuvraj replacing Zaheer, arguably the best bowler around.

"I wasn't surprised," said an amused Pietersen. "When the ball was swinging around, a guy like Zaheer Khan, one of the best bowlers I have ever faced, not bowling and (instead) a pie-chucker like Yuvraj bowling is something you don't mind," said the right-hander.

"Zaheer is a fantastic bowler but suddenly you see some left-arm spinner, it makes you feel really good," Pietersen said.

Kirsten was amused when told about Pietersen's "pie-chucker" remark but felt it was out-of-the-box thinking by Dhoni.

"Trust MS (Dhoni) to come up with something unique. Sometimes some bowlers do get you out a couple of times. I think it was a nice bit of thinking (by Dhoni)," Kirsten said.

"He (Pietersen) may call him a pie-chucker but Yuvi got him out a couple of times. He is an interesting bowler. One can now see in international cricket how slider has become an important delivery. It often hits you on the line," Kirsten said.

Pietersen was not completely convincing in that over of Yuvraj and later both were seen getting involved in a bit of chit-chat in the 28th over, after which Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf intervened.

Asked by British journalists about the "drama" and if he felt Yuvraj's "antics" insulting, Pietersen said, "There was no drama and it was not insulting. Everyone is entitled to do what he wants to do."