Ever since the book by KP has hit the stands, he has become a target of sharp criticism throughout the media, especially the English press. They have been highlighting the statements given by the present and former English cricketers. Although recently KP budged a little and showed willingness to reunite, but by and large he has been left alone.
But in a very interesting development, legend Ricky Ponting has come up openly in support of Kevin Pietersen. As per a story running in The Guardian, Ponting has stated,”We saw them doing it – Anderson was always the same, and Swann. The pointing of fingers and you’d hear a few expletives if there was a misfield or a dropped catch. The guys who were doing it were the so-called leaders. That’s where the captain has got to come in, not wait and let little things turn into big things. That’s what it sounds like has happened in this England team. They had a lot of very good players that were able to achieve a lot of success as a team. But if you could just get inside of them and start pulling them apart, we always had a feeling they would implode pretty quickly and that’s what’s happened over the past 12 months. I wasn’t surprised with Trott, I wasn’t surprised with Swann retiring when he did. When the ship started to go down, he jumped off pretty quickly, and now all the Pietersen stuff.”
Former England spinner Ashley Giles also described Pietersen as “a million-pound asset” in January when naming him in a 30-man squad for the World Twenty20.