Cook believes Pietersen actually performs better when under pressure
England Test captain Alastair Cook is sick and tired of critics always looking for any reason they can find to attack South African-born batsman Kevin Pietersen.
Cook lashed out against the critics after Pietersen failed to have a big impact in England’s loss against India during the first Test at Ahmedabad.
However, during the second Test at Mumbai, Pietersen made an outstanding 186 and carried his excellent form with the bat into the third Test at Kolkata, where he scored a disciplined 54 in the first innings.
After the first Test, Pietersen was heavily criticised for his weakness to play left-arm spinners due to being clean bowled by Pragyan Ojha in both innings.
But, Cook noted that Pietersen actually welcomes criticism and deals with it extremely well and added that the South African-born batsman would prove all his critics wrong soon enough.
“Kevin held his hands up and admitted he didn’t perform very well last week,” The Sun quoted Pietersen as saying after the first Test. “You don’t need to tell him that – he knows it. But anyone who has ever written off KP has been proved very wrong, very quickly.
“He is a world-class player who has scored hundreds all around the world. Yes, he had a bad game, like we all can. But write him off at your peril.”
Cook also stated that his team-mates were able to handle all the harsh criticism they received from former England players.
“Players know that if they perform well, they are praised,” Cook added. “If they perform badly, there’s criticism. That is one of the challenges.
“It’s different for an international player to when you are a county player. You get far more scrutiny. It’s how you deal with that extra pressure that decides how you perform out in the middle. Everyone has a right to criticise when you play badly.”