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…)