England in India 2005-06 March 29, 2006

Pietersen feels after effects of defeat

Kevin Pietersen speaks to the media, sans breakfast © Getty Images

For professional sportsmen, failures can be hard to swallow. In Kevin Pietersen's case, it has made him skip his breakfast.

"I did not have my breakfast this morning. It is one of the worst mornings I have had after a match," said Pietersen this morning.

He has come under criticism for his shot selection, a slog sweep that ended up in the fielder's lap in the deep, triggering England's collapse in the first ODI against India at New Delhi on Tuesday.

He had the Indian bowling at his mercy in an intimidating knock of 46 before falling to part-time bowler Yuvraj Singh. England, cruising at 117 for 3, crumbled to 164 all out with almost 12 overs to spare.

"It is not nice to know that I started the collapse, particularly after being caught in deep boundary," Pietersen said. "I was disappointed. I should have been there to finish off the game, probably both of us (him and Andrew Flintoff)."

Pietersen, who plays for Hampshire where Shane Warne was his team-mate in the English County Championship last summer, defended employing the sweep shot against the spinners though.

"It is my favourite shot against the spinners. There is no spinner in the world that I would not like to sweep. It just messes up their line and length. I think it was a really productive shot against Shane Warne. It makes the bowler think differently and creates added pressure on him. And so it gives the batsman a lot more freedom to play his shots."