England batsman Kevin Pietersen does not trust his defensive technique against slow left arm spinners enough to play in orthodox fashion in India, and that is the reason behind Pragyan Ojha taking his wicket twice in the ongoing Ahmedabad Test, according to cricket correspondent and former spinner Vic Marks.
"Do not believe him if KP says he does not have a thing about left-arm spinners. In the second innings Pietersen faced four balls from Pragyan Ojha. That was enough. The first was blocked; the second was driven to mid-on, enabling him - as usual - to steal that first single. The third was hit to mid-off," Marks wrote in his column for the Guardian.
"So to Pietersen's fourth delivery from Ojha - and his last. Like Bell on Saturday he premeditated. He decided to play the sweep shot. The trouble was that the ball - rather inconveniently - was in the wrong place. It was too full," Marks added.
"Pietersen swept anyway since he was already committed. He missed and for the second time in the match Ojha had removed his off stump. Why should a man who has played 89 Tests, hit 21 centuries at an average close to 50 play such a shot?" he further wrote.
Marks added: "So why this? The answer must be that Pietersen does not believe that at the start of his innings in a Test he can survive against a good left-arm spinner on a slow-turning track by playing in orthodox fashion."
"He does not trust his defensive technique sufficiently (his final shot in the first innings gives a glimpse why). This is an amazing state of affairs for such a gifted, prolific batsman with 7,095 runs to his name. So there is a mental battle ahead to overcome this paranoia - and a technical one," he concluded.