Yuvraj hits back at KP
Yuvraj Singh has hit back at Kevin Pietersen's suggestion he is a "pie-chucker" who bowls "left-arm filth".
Last Updated: 22/12/08 3:41pm
Yuvraj Singh has hit back at Kevin Pietersen's suggestion he is a "pie chucker" by offering to help the England captain with his own bowling.
The India all-rounder was handed the label - first dreamt up by Rodney Marsh in the 1970s - on Sunday after he was brought into the attack in an effort to unsettle Pietersen.
Pietersen promptly put together an innings of 144 and was dismissive of Yuvraj's efforts, saying also that he bowled "left-arm filth".
Yuvraj hit an unbeaten 39 off 40 balls on Monday to help guide India into a 285-run lead on 134-4 on the fourth day of the final Test, and later took full advantage when offered the chance to respond to Pietersen's jibes.
He walked into the press conference announcing: "Relax, the pie-chucker is here", and said: "When I woke up this morning and saw the paper I asked what it meant.
"They told me it meant I was a useless kind of a bowler so it shows KP hates getting out to me - getting out to a useless bowler five times is quite useless batting, I would say.
"But he's a phenomenal player and batted like a champion. If you see his record he's got 15 hundreds in 48 Test matches and that's a phenomenal record.
"He tried to get under my skin in the last game and that brought out the best in me and I tried the same and I brought out the best in him.
"There's good competition on the field but I don't have a habit of washing dirty linen away from the field or in public, but I like that name!"
He stressed: "Sometimes it fires you up and sometimes it backfires. Whenever you hear all the chat it makes me stronger and more focused and really helps me.
"Myself and KP are good friends off the field but on the field I'm not there to make friends because we're playing for our countries. There's healthy competition out there, there's no bad-mouthing."
Yuvraj was equally happy to respond in kind when asked what he thought of Pietersen's off-spin bowling, which a rib injury has prevented him from demonstrating during the current series.
"I've got a better action," he claimed. "His action is useless, but if he works hard on his bowling he can be a good bowler - I'll give him some tips if he comes to me, I'll tell him how to bowl in the rough!"