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Kevin Pietersen involved in Twitter fracas over controversial joke on air

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by Wisden Staff 2-minute read

Kevin Pietersen was invovled in a Twitter disagreement with Joy Bhattacharya, the former KKR team director and prominent Indian media figure, over comments the former England batsman made on-air about Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer Khaleel Ahmed.

Pietersen, while on commentary, jokingly suggested that Ahmed, the 22-year-old India quick, had faked cramps to avoid bowling his last over in their clash against CSK, which SRH eventually won by 7 runs.

Pietersen seemed to have made those comments in jest, but it didn’t go down well with Bhattacharya. Ahmed ended with figures of 0-34 in 3.5 overs, having bowled five deliveries of the penultimate over after taking over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who pulled up.

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“No KP. No matter what happens, Khaleel was not faking a cramp to avoid bowling his last over,” Bhattacharya said on Twitter. “That’s unfair!

“I have worked years as a television producer. Trained to understand tone. I stand by my words. At best clumsy, at worst, not in good taste.”

Pietersen, who was not tagged in the post, replied to Bhattacharya, suggesting he was blowing things out of proportion. “With the greatest respect, Joy, this you have gotten horribly wrong,’ said Pietersen. “It was light hearted banter with absolutely no negative intent whatsoever.

“Please if you’re going to make such a silly comment, at least tag me. That’s what people who aren’t clumsy & have good taste do!”

Bhattacharya stood by his assessment. “I apologize. I would have tagged you had I known it would be such a big deal,” he responded. “I stand by what I say, even if it was intended as humour, implying that a young Indian kid was dodging an important over as he was scared did not work for me. And absolutely, that is a personal call.”

The duo left things at that.

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