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Pie-chuker yuvraj ready to give bowling tips to Pietersen

Published: Tuesday, December 23, 2008, 11:25 [IST]
 
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Yuvraj: I'll Give KP Some Bowling Tips

Mohali: Pie-Chucker is here. Yuvraj Singh announced on his arrival at the media briefing on Monday.

The India all-rounder was given the label, which was first attached to England's attack in the 1970s by former Australia wicketkeeper Rod Marsh, by Pietersen yesterday after he was brought on to bowl as soon as he arrived at the crease in an attempt to unsettle the England skipper.

Pietersen won the battle by hitting 144 and dismissed Yuvraj as a "pie-chucker" and claimed he bowled "left-arm filth", to underline the success India have had in irritating him.

But offered the chance to respond today after Yuvraj hit an unbeaten 39 off 40 balls to guide India into a 285-run lead on 134 for four on the fourth day of the final Test, he decided to joke his way out of the situation.

Yuvraj walked into the press conference announcing: "Relax, the pie-chucker is here", and said: "When I woke up this morning and saw the paper I asked what it meant.

If I"m a useless bowler getting him out five times then he should be useless batsman I would say. But KP is phenomenal player at end of the day.

" If you see his record he's got 15 hundreds in 48 Test matches and that's a phenomenal record.

"He tried to get under my skin in the last game and that brought out the best in me and I tried the same and I brought out the best in him. There's good competition on the field but I don't have a habit of washing dirty linen away from the field or in public, but I like that name!"

Yuvraj stressed: "Sometimes it fires you up and sometimes it backfires. Whenever you hear all the chat it makes me stronger and more focused and really helps me.

"Myself and KP are good friends off the field but on the field I'm not there to make friends because we're playing for our countries. There's healthy competition out there, there's no bad-mouthing."

Asked what he thought of Pietersen's off-spin bowling, which he has been unable to demonstrate during this series because of a rib injury, Yuvraj was equally happy to taunt his big rival.

"I've got a better action," claimed Yuvraj. "His action is useless, but if he works hard on his bowling he can be a good bowler - I'll give him some tips if he comes to me, I'll tell him how to bowl in the rough!"

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