Former England skipper David Gower feels that Kevin Pietersen had an extraordinary talent but needed a good captain to guide him. Indirectly Gower slams successive English skippers for failing to utilise the extraordinary talent into the international cricket.
Gower attended at the Jolly Rovers Cricket Club in Chennai on Saturday. He said, “Captains like Mike Brearley, Ray Illingworth or Ian Chappell maybe have taken him by neck little earlier. There was a chance to keep him under control. He is an extraordinary talent. People want to watch him (Pietersen) play. May be a strong leader would have told him to calm down saying you are a great player. Kevin was probably rude but he was not vengeful. He knows about people,”
Gower analysed his thought, “You talk about football, he knows the many in the game. There are people who make more money than him. If you play football in England, it is 20 million pounds a year. Kevin needed some sort of separation from the temptations. If you play well, everything falls into place. One should be separated from the ability to be a good team man and part of the team. I think Kevin was misled.”
Gower feels that English captains should have intimated earlier to ECB (English and Wales Cricket Board) when Pietersen was moving in the wrong direction.
Gower spoke out, “Sadly for him, whenever he did those text messages (to South African cricketers), he did them under a trust and whatever he did subsequently, he should have been told that Kevin you are a good player.
“When he went to Australia, he had never been a proper smoking gun. There was no one major incident. At no stage, Kevin asked for the nose from the baseball bat. If the captain (Alastair Cook) had said to Kevin: “Kevin play for me and if the Captain had said to the ECB that he will manage this man and he is a great player..the captain would have got his way.”