Pietersen's knock, one of the best: Jayawardene

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Published: Saturday, April 21, 2012, 13:37 [IST]
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Pietersen's T20 ton, the best: Mahela

New Delhi, Apr 21: Delhi Daredevils vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene has rated Kevin Pietersen's maiden century in IPL as one of the best T20 innings he has ever seen.

Pietersen's 64-ball 103 helped Daredevils clinch their fourth consecutive victory on Thursday at the Ferozshah Kotla stadium in New Delhi.

"KP (Pietersen) played exceptionally well. Last night's knock from KP is one of the best I have seen. It was a very good game yesterday," Jayawardene said during a promotional event on Friday.

Jayawardene backed his skipper Virender Sehwag who hasn't played an impressive innings so far in the tournament, but was all praise for captain's aggressive approach.

"Sehwag is batting really well. He has given us very good starts. He is like that. You can't expect him to play this way every day," said Jayawardene.

"Viru (Sehwag) is a good leader, very aggressive. He expects us to play aggressively. We have had a good start to the tournament. It is a long tournament hence we need to keep the consistency going," he added.

The Sri Lankan captain said Daredevils strong bench allows them the option of rotating players in a tight IPL schedule.

"I think every team is going through it. Some times we a few days off. If a player has a good game and he is tired we can rotate him," said Jayawardene.

Daredevils will miss the services of Kevin Pietersen, who will leave for England at the end of this month to prepare for a home series against the West Indies.

Though Pietersen will be missed, he will be replaced Australian opener David Warner who is currently away on national duty in the West Indies.

"KP (Pietersen) is leaving end of the month for his season so Warner will come and join the team. Plus we got many players sitting on the bench. So it's all about rotation. If we feel we need to give a player a couple of days off then we give a break and utilize the bench strength. We have Andre on the bench and couple of others. So if Morne (Morkel) requires a break we will give him," he said.

Jayawardene said Twenty20 forces every player to learn new techniques and players also rely on the surprise element. "I think everyone has done different things to stay on the top of the game. I think in Twenty20 cricket scoring runs is important. To add the surprise element to their scoring quickly batsmen have come with new techniques. Dilshan's Dilscoop, KP switch-hit and many more. Bowlers have also evolved different version, to slow balls, slow bouncers and many more. It is great for the game," he said.


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