KP stunned by England’s defeat to The Netherlands

June 7th, 2009 - 4:50 pm ICT by ANI  

London, June 7 (ANI): England’s best batsman Kevin Pietersen, who is warming the benches because he is saddled with an Achilles heel injury, has expressed his dismay over the team’s loss to The Netherlands in the opening match of the second edition of the Twenty20 World Cup.

Confessing to being hurt watching his teammates “lose to a team like that”, KP said: “Of course the fans have the right to be upset and frustrated. I’m a fan just as much as being a player and it hurts. Everyone in the England camp is bitterly disappointed. The guys barely spoke when they came into the dressing room on Friday night. Nobody likes losing, especially to Holland.”

“I’m desperately, bitterly disappointed because we should never, ever lose to a team like that. We just have to spin ourselves around in 24 hours and make sure we are in the right frame of mind to beat Pakistan and stay in the tournament. We’ve got to show our quality and our character now,” The Sun quoted Pietersen, as saying.”If we beat Pakistan, then we can still go through to the next round. Anything is possible in Twenty20 cricket, as was proved on Friday night,” he added.

England must beat Pakistan well at Lord’s today to stand any chance of qualifying for the Super Eights stage of the competition.

Tom de Grooth, who smashed 49 off 30 balls to set-up the sensational last ball triumph, said: “A few months ago we set out to beat a big nation. Now we’ve done it.” (ANI)

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