Former England batter Kevin Pietersen was a bit surprised with the way Indian batter Shreyas Iyer approached his innings during Day 1 of the ongoing Test in Visakhapatnam on Friday (February 2) as well. However, Iyer got out for 27 runs off 59 balls, failing to convert yet another start in the Test as well. Pietersen also feels that the talented batter didn’t show any confidence while he was in the middle and used the word ‘sloppy’ to describe his knock as well.
Speaking to Jio Cinema during the tea break on Day 1, Kevin Pietersen said: “You got to really grab the game by the scruff of its neck and say I am not letting go here. I am afraid to say with Shreyas it all seems a bit too sloppy. Sloppy is the word. Today’s innings didn’t impress me at all. Because I want people in my dressing room that are more hungry than that.”
Meanwhile, Shreyas Iyer tried to cut a delivery from Tom Hartley, but he got an under edge to wicketkeeper Ben Foakes, who grabbed a fantastic catch. He was distraught after the dismissal also. However, Kevin Pietersen was also a bit irritated with the way Shreyas Iyer player and he felt Iyer was just doing himself a disservice.
“If you really want to make a go and put pressure on the bowler, this (gestures the leg-side shuffling movement) doesn’t put the pressure on the bowler. It does nothing to the bowler. You got to show more intent. On this wicket, why are you doing that? That’s my question: what’s the point in doing that? What you are doing is you are messing yourself up, losing where your stumps are as a batter . I am more comfortable if you are coming towards the bowler, this here does nothing for me,” Kevin Pietersen concluded.