''It's ridiculous, it's absolutely stupid. Reverse sweeps have been part of the game since however long and I'm just fortunate enough that I can hit it a bit further,'' Pietersen said. ''Everyone wants to see brand new inventions. Nobody has seen that before and that's a new shot played today and people should be saying it's the new way to go, not criticising everything that happens on a daily basis,'' he added. The 27-year-old informed that the shots were not an off-the-cuff reaction but were well thought out and planned in advance.
''It's something I practise, it's something I visualise, I go through routines in the nets,'' Pietersen stated.
When asked what prompted him to play such unconventional strokes Pietersen said,''It's a boundary option, and one boundary was huge so I chose the other one as it was closer and only had one fielder.
''You guys might give it a name. I guess it was a left-handed slog/sweep. This was a day when it worked, but it might well not work on other days.'' England are now 1-0 up in the five-match ODI series ahead of the second encounter at Edgbaston on June 18.
They had earlier claimed the Test series 2-0 and are on course to deny the Kiwis a victory in any major international during this tour.