Legendary England cricketer Kevin Pietersen engaged in a fun banter with former India fast bowler Zaheer Khan during Day 4 of the second India vs England Test in Visakhapatnam. During lunchtime discussion, Pietersen recalled the wickets he took in his international career which included the legendary India captain MS Dhoni.
Notably, the off-spin bowler dismissed Dhoni during the third Test at the Oval in 2007. Recalling the incident on the live discussion, Pietersen amusingly remarked, “You know who else I’ve got in my pocket here? The great Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Right there, there he is next to Kamran Akmal,” said the England batter on JioCinema.
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Listening to Pietersen’s claims, Zaheer immediately reminded him of his battles with Yuvraj Singh who got him out on a few occasions and quipped, “You know I met Yuvraj Singh recently and he was talking about Kevin Pietersen being there. I remember him (KP) giving him (Yuvraj) a special nickname as well.”
Further speaking ahead, Pietersen compared his rivalry with Yuvraj to that of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ben Stokes.
“Yeah, and he used it as his e-mail ID too for a while. We’ve had some great battles, some beautiful battles on the field and that’s what happens when you play for such a long time. Yuvraj got me a few times (with a laugh). It’s the same thing a guy like Ashwin would do with Ben Stokes when their careers are finished. They will be having a laugh, having a joke like this,” he added.
MS Dhoni almost dismissed Pietersen at Lord’s 2011
Notably, Pietersen scalped 18 wickets in his international career (10 in Tests, 7 in ODIs, 1 in T20Is). He was famously taunted by MS Dhoni for being the former India captain’s first Test wicket back in IPL 2016. However, he has denied that claim time and again with proof as he reviewed the LBW decision during the Lord’s Test in 2011 and survived.
The evidence is CLEAR! I was NOT Dhoni’s first Test wicket.
Nice ball though, MS! 😂😂😂
Thanks for sending this through, @SkyCricket 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/XFxJOZG4me
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) May 16, 2023
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Meanwhile, India and England will lock horns in the third Test from Thursday, February 15 at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot. India are yet to announce their squad for the remaining three Tests which is likely to be done on Wednesday, February 07.