London: Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen struggled to get along with coaches of his own team most of his playing career and his quest for a "genuine guru" ended in faraway India where, he says, former captain Rahul Dravid made a lasting impact on his technique.
In his autobiography 'KP', Pietersen refers to an e-mail the Indian batting legend wrote to him about playing spinners. "Rahul was a great and heroic Indian batsman in his day.
He is also a genius at dealing with spin bowlers. Our conversations and emails were a private masterclass from a genuine guru," Pietersen writes in the book.
"Rahul improved my cricket and helped me develop the way I think about the game. His generosity will stay with me always."