The Indian Premier League has been a successful tournament for the players around the World. But for English cricketer-in-exile Kevin Pietersen, it was the IPL which spoiled his career, feels former England captain Naseer Hussain. This comment comes from Hussain after the release of Kevin Pietersen’s Autobiography “KP: The Auto Biography”.
The South Africa-born Pietersen, England’s most successful ever, has had several fallouts with former skipper Andrew Strauss and the England and Wales Cricket Board in the past. Given his exceptional record and match-winning capabilities, his differences with the rest of the side especially Captain Cook grew on and after end of the Ashes debacle earlier this year, everything went out of hand and the English Cricket Board sacked Pietersen.
And now Hussain, who himself admitted to captaining a few egoistic players in his time, said “Flower would have managed Pietersen well enough for five years as he kept churning one match-winning knock after the other, before the Indian Premier League exploded with its riches.”
“Where everything clearly changed is with the advent of the Indian Premier League. It seemed to make Pietersen believe he was bigger than the team, and perhaps other players became jealous of the money he was making. The dynamics of one of the most successful of all England teams clearly changed,” Hussain wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.
“Flower had tired of repeatedly trying to manage Pietersen. When results started going against England and their star batsman was not quite looking like the player he once was, England decided enough was enough. As I have said, there are some valid points here but nearly everyone who has tried to manage him has found him incredibly hard work. Everybody can’t be wrong,” Hussain wrote.
Hussain, now one of the most-outspoken commentators in the world, said he hoped for Pietersen to one day stop blaming everyone else and see if he himself was at fault.