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Cricket

I had to beg coach to get T20 berth: Kevin Pietersen
PTI
Kolkata, October 30, 2011
First Published: 11:51 IST(30/10/2011)
Last Updated: 01:22 IST(1/11/2011)
England XI's Kevin Pietersen, right, walks back to the pavilion after being dismissed during a practice match against Hyderabad XI in Hyderabad, India.

The star of England's six-wicket win in the lone Twenty20 match against India, batsman Kevin Pietersen revealed that he had to beg the coach for a berth in the playing eleven at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

"I have grown up as a kid wanting to play in Kolkata (the Eden Gardens) and missed out on a one-day game. It was something that I was not really happy about...I begged the coach and said if I could stay and get onto the park tonight," said Pietersen at the post-match press conference Saturday night.

"I'd be lying if I said it wasn't sore. A broken finger is a broken finger," said the middle-order batsman, who scored a match-winning 39-ball 53 in England's 121 chase over India.

He said he was on painkillers to be in the starting line-up.

"I've been on some pretty good pain killers this evening trying to mask the pain. It's just one of those opportunities to play at this great stadium. Everybody wants to play at the Lord's, Sydney Cricket Ground and the Newlands... This is one of them.

"A broken finger is a broken finger. When you get an opportunity and you mask the pain, you try. I tried this evening and it worked," he said.

Pietersen further said his relationship with stand-in T20 skipper Graeme Swann was fine despite the off-spinner's harsh comments against him in his autobiography.

"It's not something that I agree with... That players writing books during their career. But at the end, our environment is happy.

"It's nothing to do with our relationship. It's something that you guys had fun with. Between us and the team environment is absolutely normal. There is absolutely no drama. It is what it is. Our environment is happy," he added.


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