Leeds, Aug 6: Former South African pacer and bowling coach Allan Donald lauded England's Kevin Pietersen and compared his batting to West Indies legend Brian Lara, as his innings came against South Africa's bowling attack which is considered to be the best in the world.
"He played seriously well," said Donald, South Africa's bowling coach after Pietersen was unbeaten on 149 as England reached 351/5 at close on Day 3 of the second Test in reply to South Africa's 149 in the first innings.
Donald went a step further in praising the South African-born English cricketer as he said his strokeplay on Saturday resembled the West Indies great Brian Lara as he played a knock that of a genius.
"It reminds me of when I ran into Brian Lara, something in the category of a bit of a genius to play knocks like that."
After scoring his 21st ton, Kevin Pietersen said "Today was against an unbelievable bowling attack that keeps coming at you and never gives in. To get runs against that attack is something I will always cherish."
Further, Pietersen was overwhelmed to hear the comments made by South Africa's bowling great Allan Donald as he said the legendary bowler was a role model during his childhood days.
"Allan Donald was one of my heroes growing up, so that's special," he said.
Pietersen also said that the innings was one of his best, and said "I've never batted better in my life."
He also added that the series against Pakistan was a wake up call for the batsman and that made him work hard to achieve success.
"I got a big wake up call against Pakistan (in January and February). I was a bit overweight, I wasn't physically in as good a nick as I should have been and I averaged twelve and a half which really hurt, because I set myself high standards.
"I took it on the chin and I went and spent hours and hours with (England bowling coach) Mushtaq (Ahmed)," said Pietersen.