“We realise you guys have got a job to do, and if I give you ammunition you’re going to fire the gun.”
Kevin Pietersen concedes it is the press’ prerogative to criticise if he does not perform as expected. He, however, challenges the perception that he is vulnerable to left-arm spin.
What he really meant:
“The sporting press feeds off the players. If the players achieve, they’re demi-gods, virtually untouchable. If they do not, they’re worse than pariahs, to be torn down.”
What he definitely didn’t:
“You—the press—were firing blanks at me. It didn’t hurt—at all.”