Who is the greatest? Kevin Pietersen v Yuvraj Singh

Last Updated: 02/07/14 6:58pm

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Kevin Pietersen: Ashes-clinching hundred at The Oval in 2005

Kevin Pietersen: Ashes-clinching hundred at The Oval in 2005

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Kevin Pietersen and Yuvraj Singh have been among the most exciting batsmen to watch in recent years.

Pietersen Test stats

Matches: 104
Runs: 8,181
Average: 47.28

They are both probably best described as flawed geniuses; Pietersen's inability - or unwillingness - to compromise often caused problems both on and off the field, while Yuvraj has never been able to translate his excellent one-day performances into the Test arena, where he averages 33.92 in 40 matches and has regularly been troubled by the short ball.

Pietersen, in contrast, has a good record across all formats and played some of the finest Test innings by an England batsman, including an Ashes-clinching century at The Oval in his debut series in 2005.

Yuvraj Test stats

Matches: 40
Runs: 1,900
Average: 33.92

Yuvraj's best performances have been against the white ball. After recovering from cancer, he returned to international cricket to earn man-of-the-tournament honours in India's World Cup victory on home soil and hit Stuart Broad for six sixes in an over at the inaugural World T20 in 2007.

He is also a useful left-arm spinner and counts Pietersen among his nine Test wickets, trapping him lbw in 2008 in Chennai.

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