Kevin Pietersen was bought by the new IPL franchise, the Rising Pune Super Giants in the recent players’ auction.
The Super Giants did not have to spend much for the audacious English batsman as they managed to seal his services for just five hundred thousand Dollars.
Pietersen had fetched an amount three times more than this in the auction a couple of years ago, but, as he has stopped playing international Cricket and is getting a bit older too, his brand value has decreased.
Pietersen has although been in superb nick for the last 3-4 months and has played a number of impact knocks in different Leagues for different Clubs. But, playing international Cricket is something which gives a player the maximum exposure and that’s what the big Englishman is away from at the moment.
Pietersen is a player who has got the game for the power-play. He has opened in limited-over Cricket with distinction in the past. So, Pune might think of slotting him right at the top of the order.
Although his preferred batting position in the other leagues is no. 3 as that is the position where he feels the most comfortable at and has scored the most number of runs at as far as Twenty 20 Cricket is concerned. But, he would not mind opening the batting either if asked to do so as in that case he would get a lot of deliveries to pace his innings at his own speed.
The Rising Pune Super Giants will be skippered by the Indian limited-over captain MS Dhoni.
Dhoni, for the first time, will feature for a team other than Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.
For the last 9 editions, he had been featuring for CSK only.