Broken heart KP skips breakfast

For professional sportsmen, failures can be hard to swallow. In Pietersen's case, it has made him skip breakfast.

india Updated: Mar 29, 2006 19:26 IST

For professional sportsmen, failures can be hard to swallow. In Kevin Pietersen's case, it has made him skip his breakfast.

"I did not have my breakfast this morning. It is one of the worst mornings I have had after a match," said Pietersenon Wednesdaymorning.

The South Africa-born player has come under criticism for his shot selection, a slog sweep that ended up in the fielder's lap in the deep, triggering England's collapse in the first one-dayer against India on Tuesday.

Pietersen had the Indian bowling at his mercy in an intimidating knock of 46 before falling to part-time bowler Yuvraj Singh.

England, cruising at 117/3, crumbled to 164 all out with only 40 more runs needed from more than 12 overs to win.

"It is not nice to know that I started the collapse, particularly after being caught in deep boundary," Pietersen said.

"I was disappointed. I should have been there to finish off the game, probably both of us (him and Andrew Flintoff)."

The 25-year old, who plays for Hampshire where Shane Warne was his team-mate in the County Championship last summer, defended employing the sweep shot against the spinners though.

"It is my favourite shot against spinners. There is no spinner in the world that I would not like to sweep. It just messes up their line and length," the hard-hitting batsman said.

"I think it was a really productive shot against Shane Warne. It makes the bowler think differently and creates added pressure on him. And so it gives the batsman a lot more freedom to play his shots."

First Published: Mar 29, 2006 16:55 IST