England players need to work on their technique, feels Pietersen

England players need to work on their technique, feels Pietersen

By CricketCountry Staff

Kolkata: Oct 30, 2011

England middle-order batsman Kevin Pietersen said he rode his luck during their one-off Twenty20 international against India, which the tourists won by six wickets.

Despite having a fractured thumb, Pietersen cruised to a 39-ball 53 runs studded with three sixes and five boundaries to help England register a consolation win on the tour”

Pietersen said, “It was a tricky wicket, the kind on which you need to take a risk or two in the first six overs. Fortunately, I was dropped a couple of times and just rode my luck this evening.”

Talking about his side s poor show on the tour, Pietersen said, “India is a good place to play as a batsman and all of us have underperformed this time. We d have loved to do a lot better but believe me, we tried our hardest. I ve come to India for tours before and I think this is only the second game I ve won against India, so it s particularly pleasing to win this.”

“But we have a lot to work on technique-wise here on the subcontinent. The good thing about these lads is that we strive really hard to improve and we ll continue to do that,” he added.

Pietersen praised his teammates for showing good spirit, “Every single guy in this team wakes up in the morning wanting to improve and that s the best part about playing with this England team. We have a management structure that drives and pushes us to challenge ourselves each day.”

“We tried really hard on this trip and got outperformed in the ODIs but we showed courage and determination to come out and beat India this evening,” he added.