Kevin Pietersen’s stupid shot

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Not interested. Some say it was irresponsible. Some say it’s the way he plays. This is not the first time people have pored over a Pietersen dismissal.

Kevin Pietersen plays a lot of stupid shots. He gets away with almost all of them. His dismissals often look worse than those of other batsmen because he plays so many ludicrous shots. It’s the law of averages.

When he finds the boundary he’s a genius. When he sweeps an offside wide to a fielder, he’s a knobhead. Really, he’s somewhere between, or possibly both.


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  1. well said KC.

    the overreaction to pietersen’s dismissal today by commentators was ridiculous.

    boycott nearly lost his bananas.

  2. This was *extremely* stupid. He had a lot of time to stop what he was doing. It was not like the other stupid shots where he didn’t have time to think about what he was going to do.

  3. Yes, we’ve had a go at Twitter, but we’re bored already.

    We’re probably going to abandon it in much the same way as we did with:

    • Judo
    • Mobile phones
    • Electric toothbrushes
    • Interacting with society
  4. Krish, thinking time is lethal.

    In the game of squash, the slow, loopy mishit is king.

    “Should I leather it that way? Should I cream it the other way? Should I play a drop shot?

    “Oh shit. I’ve tried to do all three at once.”

  5. It was terrible in that it gave Nathan Hauritz a wicket. The one thing most Aussies (The Jrod Hint hint) did not want.

    But I agree with Harris Harrison. He is a knob-legend. Could do with more of those in cricket. Specially now that The Haydos has retired.

  6. Never tried Judo, KC, but Twitter comes way below the other three on your list in terms of my own perseverence.

    Does talking to people on here qualify as interacting with society or do I need to get out occasionally?

  7. I don’t mind the criticism of KP’s ridiculous shot, I just wish people would apply the same level of criticism to all the other players. Cook, for example – how bad was that? Can’t Strauss keep his eye on the damn ball? That Bopara, he’d been done by the slower ball the over before, why did he not see this one coming? What were Prior and Flintoff doing trying to score at a run a ball in a test match?

    You see, it all ends up looking a bit ridiculous. Each and every batsman is a hero until the moment they get out, at which point they are the most stupid player ever. Gooch would have scored more than 333 if only he had done some unspecified thing differently on the ball he got out to. The pillock.

    If the criticism is aimed at getting KP to improve his game, all well and good. But let’s face it, it isn’t. They HATE him. They want him to fail. They want him to fail in a stupid way.

    He top scored, by the way, which means BY DEFINITION that everyone else was not as good.

  8. We’re considering making that comment the article and making the article a comment.

    Wise words.

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