IPL 2017 : Kevin Pietersen Thanks IPL and Rahul Dravid prior to leaving the league
Pietersen made his IPL debut in 2009 when he was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for $1.55 million. The same year, he was named captain of RCB, replacing Dravid. “The Wall” played under Pietersen’s leadership for Bangalore franchise.
After his stint with RCB, Pietersen played for Deccan Chargers (DC), Delhi Daredevils (DD), Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and finally Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS).
New commentators were introduced in the box and they provide a different vision towards the game as well. This year, Pietersen has made his debut as an IPL commentator.
We definitely loved the former England Captain with a mic. So far, he has impressed with his insights into the Twenty20 league. He was a big hit with fans recently for his banter with Mahendra Singh Dhoni during a match.
KP’s stint was for a short period and he will come back after few weeks. Before leaving the team he shared his message with his fans and viewers on the official website of IPL.Last night (April 11), after Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) and Delhi Daredevils (DD) match, in an interview with IPL’s official website,he heaped praise on the league.
“I have enjoyed my time. I thought it would be different purely on the basis of travel I find talking about the game that I love so much fairly easy, I think I have got a pretty good cricket brains so I try and give over the modern way to having played recently and continue to play for the next few years. I think that enlightens people and modern way of thinking and how individuals are approaching the game now. The boundaries are not big enough, how the bat size has are and bowlers are finding ways to hit targets too,” he said.
And it never ended there, he also spoke how the Indian legend Rahul Dravid had helped him during his bad phase in career. Pietersen thanked him and said,
“Indian Premier League has helped different players come together because you are all teammates. Basically, when the players are together for six-seven weeks possibly eight weeks if you make that final you are together, you are a unit because the players don’t travel too much outside the hotels. You generally spend lots of time in the team room. You are always traveling with each other so the groups are tightly knitted.”
“I think that’s really good because you can learn from other people. Speaking from personal experiences Rahul Dravid and how much he helped me in my career. I owe it to the Indian Premier League that I build an ability to tap in with a genius like that which helped me in my career overcome a shortfall. And then just go from strength to strength and that is thanks to the IPL,”he added.
The South African born right-handed batsman said Dravid’s inputs not only helped him but also English cricket.
In an email (as printed in his autobiography) to Pietersen, Dravid wrote,
“KP, you are a really good player, you need to watch the ball and trust yourself… Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t play spin, I have seen you and you can!”
“In my autobiography I printed that email from Rahul Dravid. The kindness, the generosity, the time he took to write that email and as simple as he made it sound, was so beneficial for me. It was beneficial for English cricket too because I managed to sort out a little bit of deficiency in my technique which assisted England because it helped me perform a lot better for my country,” he said. In his autobiography “KP”, Pietersen has written, “Rahul (Dravid) was a great and heroic Indian batsman in his day. He is also a genius at dealing with spin bowlers. Our conversations and emails were a private master class from a genuine guru. “Rahul improved my cricket and helped me develop the way I think about the game. His generosity will stay with me always.”
KP seemed to play it safe when it came down to asking about his favourite commentator but was pretty vocal when asked about who plays the Flamingo Shot and Switch Hit better.
“Who’s my favourite commentator? I would be doing this service to everybody with whom I will be working. It’s same as asking who’s my favourite player in the team. All the guys that I have worked so far have been for my side and for me being newbie and fresher to the commentary box have been magnificent. There is no ego, no-nonsense there’s no bravado. They have all been friendly, they have all been generous with their time, they have all been helpful. They have all helped me learn the job”, hailed Pietersen. “Flamingo Shot and Switch hit NO ONE”, said the Englishman.
Pietersen played 104 Tests, 136 One Day Internationals and 37 Twenty20 Internationals for England. He scored over 13,000 runs in international cricket. Dravid is now the mentor of Delhi franchise in IPL. He is also the coach of India’s ‘A’ and Under-19 teams
Earlier he was seen in doing commentary during Big Bash League, where he plays for Melbourne Stars!
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