Former England captain Kevin Pietersen on Tuesday suggested sledging should not totally vanish but it must continue in the right manner. Speaking at the 6th MAK Pataudi Memorial Lecture, the 37-year-old, Pietersen became the first non-Indian cricketer to deliver the lecture, after the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, VVS Laxman, Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid and Farukh Engineer. Pietersen expressed his delight on being chosen to deliver the speech, making him the first non-Indian to do so.
Pietersen’s selection came after Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara was unavailable due to his commentary commitments. Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly and former England captain Nasser Hussain were the other two candidates in the shortlisting panel.
Favouring his point on sledging during the lecture, Pietersen said, “Allow sledging — as long as it remains the right side of the line. Communicate better with the fans.”