Richards expects Pietersen to come out guns blazing in the first Test against India
West Indies batting legend Sir Viv Richards has labelled England batsman Kevin Pietersen as cricket’s Muhammad Ali after he was able to make his way back into the national team following a whole summer full of controversy.
Richards put his support behind Pietersen and noted that the South African-born batsman would prove all his critics wrong during England’s upcoming Test series against India.
England’s first Test against India at Ahmedabad on November 15 will mark the return of Pietersen after he was exiled from the national team in early August for sending derogatory text messages about former Test captain Andrew Strauss to South African players during the second Test at Headingley.
The Sun quoted Richards as saying: “Kevin is a good player but talks himself into some issues. In the old days we had Muhammad Ali – the way he spoke and acted, people wanted to see him knocked out. But he was a great boxer, now I’m not saying KP is exactly like Ali, that man was the greatest. But you can see through his behaviour that people want to take him down that little bit more. But because he has the X-factor he can respond to it, looking from afar, he’s his own worst enemy but you can’t deny how good he is to watch and how important he is to England.”