Pietersen fears 'hit man' Yuvraj

Published: Thursday, June 4, 2009, 14:49 [IST]
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KP impressed by Yuvi's hitting prowess

London: England"s star batsman Kevin Pietersen is impressed by the hitting prowess of Yuvraj Singh and Chris Gayle, whom he has nominated as some of his most feared opponents.

Pietersen reckons Windies captain Gayle is one of the most dangerous Twenty20 stars in the world, and adds Andrew Symonds and Brett Lee to that list, as well as fast bowlers Fidel Edwards and Dale Steyn.

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Pietersen, speaking in the official World Twenty20 programme, revealed: “There are a number of players taking T20 to the next level. I think all-rounders have the most to offer in T20 cricket."

“I"m impressed by the likes of Yuvraj Singh of India, Andrew Symonds and other guys who can hit sixes, take wickets and generally field well," The Sun quoted Symonds, as saying.

“I also rate Chris Gayle very highly - quite simply because his batting can tear apart even the best bowling. When he is in the groove, he is practically unstoppable. It"s scary to watch him in full flight.

“The likes of Lee, Edwards and Steyn are probably the toughest bowlers. They are world-class pace bowlers and are difficult to face across all forms of the game and certainly no easier in T20," he added.

Pietersen also has a high regard for his England teammates: “I think Stuart Broad and Ravi Bopara could really come to the fore in this tournament. They"re very exciting players on the rise in world cricket."

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