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. (more…)

Kevin Pietersen believes England is a confident unit at the moment having won against the arch rivals Australia, but, they must be wary of the fact that the conditions in the upcoming Pakistan series will be completely different to what they countered in the Ashes.

According to Pietersen, more than the batting, the worry for England is the spin bowling especially with the news coming in that the uncapped southpaw spinner Zafar Ansari will now not be able to play any part on the Emirates tour after sustaining an injury playing county Cricket.

Ansari was tipped to be handed his debut in the first test match.

He would probably have found himself batting at the top of the order alongside Alastair Cook and would also have performed the role of the third spinner.

But, with him ruled out now, it would be quite hard for England to play three spinners as in that scenario they would have to sacrifice a batsman which they would be reluctant to do.

However, Moeen Ali is someone whom the team management can consider putting at the top of the order, but, the thing to be noted is that he has never played as an opener in County Cricket. So, his credentials against the new ball are not proven.

In Emirates though, Moeen might not get challenged that much as the ball very rarely swings there.

With Moeen opening, England would find the space for an extra spinner, but, Pietersen is not quite sure that they would go for any such move. (more…)

The pitch for the second Ashes test match at Lord’s is believed to be going to have more pace and bounce than the one that had been dished out for the teams at the Sophia Gardens in the Capital of Wales.

If this is true, then the home advantage will get nullified as far as England is concerned.

The English bowling attack is Taylor-made for sluggish services where the ball holds a little bit, the bounce is not always the same and the ball gets roughened up for it to be made to reverse.

With more carry, the Aussie bowlers especially Mitchell Johnson will come into the picture.

Lord’s has been quite a flat and placid surface in the recent times, but, last year, for a game in the India series, quite a bit of grass was left and England had actually gone on to lose there.

So, it’s interesting that they are ready for that gamble again.

The news is coming through that Mitchell Starc is pulling up decently well too for Australia and if he is available for the Lord’s game, the green pitch might back fire big time for the hosts.

The Sophia Gardens’ curators had come up for a bit of flak for the surface that they had prepared.

There were calls that they did that on the directions of the England Cricket Board.

However, even if such instructions were passed on by the England bosses to the curators, there was nothing wrong in that as every team looks for home advantage.

England would actually be better off going for slow and low surfaces right through the series.

There’s no point really to produce a quick one or a sporting one as they say. Winning the series must be their first and foremost motive. (more…)

Kevin Pietersen was picked by the Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL auctions today. He had played for the Delhi Daredevils in 2014.

There has been a huge cut in his value though. He had earned a 1.5 million Dollar contract last year, but, he could not even get half millions this time around.

Pietersen is not playing at the international level at present and it does not seem as if he would be doing that in the near future. He has become a freelance cricketer now and at this point of time, he happens to play only in the T20 leagues.

He does not play domestic Cricket back home either. So, the regularity in his game is not there. And, batting is all about rhythm. You play a tournament here, a tournament there, it just does not do. (more…)

Kevin Pietersen scored a half century in his first appearance for the Melbourne Stars this year and once again, his team won, this time in Super over though.

However, if the Stars had lost the game, Pietersen would have blamed himself as he had thrown away his wicket at a crucial time.

His team was in control at that point and Pietersen just had to carry on for a few more minutes to kill the game.

But, because of the wrong shot selection, Pietersen went back to the hut leaving the inexperienced players behind him to finish the job.

The Stars should thank their lower order for somehow dragging the game to the super over. (more…)

Kevin Pietersen reckons that Phillip Hughes always entertained people when he was out there on the wicket batting. Hughes passed away last week after getting seriously injured playing first class cricket back in Australia and the whole cricket community has been taken aback by that.

Hughes was very popular among his opponents too. He always used to have a smile on his face and that’s why he was so much loved. He never got into any kind of sledging or controversy with anyone.

And, it’s not only Hughes’ attitude, his batting was pretty likeable too. He was not the most elegant batsman that ever played the game. He was awkward in his batting stance. He had his own technique. He never looked good while playing his shots, but, he was as effective as anyone else.

At the age of 20, the left hander was asked to play a test match against a destructive South African pace attack. He had just passed his teenage. He did not have too much first class appearance. He was back to the hut on duck in his first innings, but, his next three scores were 75, 115 and 160.

It tells certain things about his mentality. It’s never easy for a young man to face the kind of attack that South Africa had at that time. Steyn was fast and furious. He still is, but, at that time, he was express. However, Hughes just kept cutting him past gully for numerous boundaries.

The South Africans knew that Hughes had a weakness there, outside the off stump, but, the youngster from New South Wales just did not let them exploit that.

Speaking about Hughes, Pietersen said, “Phil always entertained people. Whenever he was at the crease, things happened. He was a superstar.”