At the peak of his skills, Kevin Pietersen was one of the most destructive batsmen in world cricket. The sight of the flamboyant Englishman sending fast bowlers on a leather hunt was pleasing to the eye.
It came as no surprise when Royal Challengers Bangalore picked up the right-arm pacer for the 2009 edition of the Indian Premier League for £1.1 million, a record figure at the time.
Pietersen also broke the taboo of England not doing well in the IPL and resumed his career as a Twenty20 franchise specialist.
Overall in the cash-rich T20 tournament, he made 36 appearances, scoring 1001 runs at an average of over 35 and a strike-rate of 134.72.
KP, as he is fondly known among his teammates, has worked with other IPL clubs like Delhi Daredevils and Rising Pune Supergiants. He also led RCB and DD for a while.
The former England captain took time out to share the wisdom he gained from playing at the highest level and fondly recalled his IPL stint, especially his camaraderie with current Indian skipper Virat Kohli as well as Delhi stalwart Virender Sehwag. acquaintances with whom she created a good chemistry.
Pietersen said, ‘Sitting on the bus and batting with Virat, I knew he was destined for greatness because of the way he learned the game and the way he asked questions.
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‘He was a chubby little boy at the time and I still take the mickey out for him. But his determination to be the best player was clear. ‘I remember I was winning the match against Rajasthan Royals and he got me run out. I served him perfectly while going off the field. “But you could see this was a young player determined to get his team over the line,” he added
Both Pietersen and Sehwag were similar in their style of batting as his ‘no holds-barred’ attitude was a real nightmare for bowlers around the world and Pietersen was candid in appreciating Sehwag’s carefree approach while waving the willow.
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Pietersen also highlights the pressures involved while playing in a money-spinning tournament like the IPL, the challenge of leading club franchises as well as his disagreements with the English Cricket Board.