Rising Pune Supergiants star off-spinner R Ashwin sent out a warning to Mumbai Indians ahead of the opening game in the Indian Premier League-9: His teammate Kevin Pietersen is in fine fettle. “I think KP is hitting the ball really well. He is one of the finest players I have seen and do well in India from a foreign batsman’s perspective. He is a great striker of the ball. I am looking forward to see him bat,” said Ashwin.

Rising Pune Supergiants’ big-hitter  Kevin Pietersen bats in the nets at Wankhede yesterday. PIC/SURESH KARKERA  Pic/Suresh Karkera
Rising Pune Supergiants’ big-hitter  Kevin Pietersen bats in the nets at Wankhede yesterday. Pic/Suresh Karkera

India’s premier off-spinner sure knows what he is talking about. And the last time the controversial England batsman batted at Wankhede Stadium, he scored a match-winning 186 in the second Test of the 2012-13 series.