Kevin Pietersen is a busy man with much to perform. He is contracted with Surrey, where he takes part in the club’s Twenty20 commitments. Late last month, he signed up for two years with Melbourne Stars for the Big Bash League. He is the Delhi Daredevils captain in the Indian Premier League. And, at the moment, he is away in the West Indies to play the last few games for St Lucia Zouks in the Caribbean Premier League.
That aside, he is a columnist with the Daily Telegraph, and his articles are evidence that the estrangement with the England and Wales Cricket Board hasn’t let down the man at all. He is trying to engage himself as much as he can playing twenty20 matches.
He feels he is very lucky for the last ten years, in which he saw highs and lows and his retirement. He learnt about cricket as well as life and learnt various important things of life. Now its time for the young generation to learn
It would be easy to dismiss these words as those of a man marked as undesirable by his bosses, be cynical and say that KP has lost the urge to fight. But conversations with Gary Kirsten during IPL 2014 KP is a natural leader and with some of the Daredevils youngsters, show you that Pietersen is a team man through and through much as some people in England would want us to believe otherwise.
However, in India, language must be a big barrier. Especially for the Daredevils captain. The team has, as regular members of the playing XI, many non-English speaking players – including Mohammed Shami, the frontline seamer. But still he had fantastic time managing them.
While there is little point returning to the events that led to his ostracism from the England team, it was important to ask Pietersen one question: have things panned out okay since? He is extremely happy. He is away here in the Caribbean playing T20 cricket, He is playing highly competitive cricket … he is a very, very happy person, he still wants to play and score runs.
What’s happened has happened and KP the Freelancer has taken flight now. Melbourne, Delhi, St Lucia and Surrey – it must be hectic but he is up for the challenge. In IPL he was with broken finger and missed much of the cricket but now he wants to perform.
Being in the Caribbean must work for him then. After all, Pietersen has often been compared to Sir Viv Richards and if one has watched enough English or South African batting, Pietersen is hardly the norm – give or take an AB de Villiers – in that somewhat dour world.
Before wrapping up the conversation, there’s just about enough time to throw in a question about player behaviour, or misbehaviour, on the cricket field, an issue highlighted by a spate of recent occurrences. For once, Pietersen wants to present a dead bat. He thinks player’s behaviour needs to be according to the cricket norms. Kevin Pietersen is one of the greatest cricketer of the world, he might not be needed by England anymore but he has glorious past and he might show in this T20s that how much cricket is left within him.