Eoin Morgan is in the midst of poor form in the Indian Premier League, with the England captain having only 17 points in four innings since the tournament resumed in the United Arab Emirates.
In the Kolkata Knight Riders’ last game against the Punjab Kings, a five-wicket loss, Morgan was out for a second duck after being pinned LBW by Mohammed Shami.
Across the tournament, Morgan has scored 109 points in 11 innings with an average of 10.90 and a hit rate of 100.92.
Over the summer, Morgan managed just 49 points in four innings for England in the T20I series against Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
His form raised concerns ahead of the T20 World Cup, with the tournament taking place at the same location as the current IPL.
However, Kevin Pietersen defended Morgan, declaring that no player is “a robot” and urging fans to “let the athletes slack off”.
Asked about Morgan’s form during a question-and-answer session on Twitter, Pietersen replied, “It does happen. No athlete is a robot that constantly performs. People need to relax athletes a bit!”
Kolkata coach Brendon McCullum admitted his side needed more Morgan but backed the England captain to get good.
He said: “He’s one of our senior players. He’s one of our international hitters and in his own head he would have loved to contribute more points.
“I think he led the team really well. But listen, you want more races from him, there’s no doubt about that.
“You need races from your foreign players and you especially need them in these key places as well. I have no doubts he will be fine. Some guys are doing really well.”
Morgan is hoping to regain form before the IPL is over, with the 35-year-old looking to lead England to glory in the T20 World Cup when their campaign kicks off on October 23.