New Delhi: South African Robin Peterson became an overnight sensation in IPL 5 after leading Mumbai Indians to victory with a stunning batting display. Peterson, 32, adopted the switch-hit made famous by his former countryman Kevin Pietersen after his team needed 32 off the last two overs against Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday night.
The left-hander, who said he had not even practised the shot, switch-hit the first two deliveries of the penultimate
over from leg-spinner Piyush Chawla for boundaries and then pulled the third for a six.
Peterson hit two successive switch-hits off Piyush Chawla and took 27 runs from the 19th over.
"I had not practised them. But I am happy my innings helped the team win. It is nice to get over the line in such
close games. The switch hit was played by instinct" said Peterson.
The over produced 27 runs as batting partner Ambati Rayadu smashed the last two balls for sixes, leaving
Mumbai Indians needing just five runs off the final over. It was Peterson's first game for Mumbai Indians, who secured his services for a relatively modest $100,000 this season, but kept him on the bench for the first six matches.