Kevin Pietersen is one of the most prolific batsman in the T-20 format. He has been a nightmare for many bowlers around the world with his flamboyant stroke play and aggressive approach. He is facing the downfall with this franchise Delhi Daredevils. However, he averaged 37.94 at the healthy strike rate of 141.52 in the international T-20 format. Let’s not forget his man of the series performance for England in the T-20 world cup 2010 that helped them to lift the trophy. Obviously, he is one of the best in this format of the game, when at his best.
Being an experienced player and captain of the side, what’s the problem he is facing in this IPL?
One can’t decline his batting ability. He is not good as a batsman while being a captain of a side but he is very good as a player while playing under a captain. As a captain he averaged around 18 and as a player he has an amazing average of over 40 in his IPL career.He never had a decent run with Royal Challengers Bangalore.
His vulnerability against spin bowling is the biggest drawback in this IPL especially under the Indian conditions, which suits more to the spinners. He has been a bunny of the left armers , and Yuvraj proved it. It’s be clear from his way of dismissals in this IPL, he thrown away his wicket to Chahal by coming down the track and getting stumped. Similarly, against Tambe caught at long on and suicidal run out against KKR where he was unable to tackle the spin.
This just sends a wrong signal and lowers down the morale of the team. A captain should lead from the front and not be a liability for the team. In IPL, it disturbs the balance of the team when a foreign captain do not perform.
Another aspect is his lack of match practice after being sacked from England Cricket. He is completely out of action since the Ashes series. Leader is the one who needs to lead from the front when the team is facing the downfall. Clearly, Kevin Pietersen’s form is a huge factor for Delhi Daredevils downfall.
The best thing can change the fortune for Delhi as well as KP is his shot selection against spin bowling which has to be improved. Though Delhi Daredevils is in bad patch in this year the team ,management and KP will come with different strategy for the next season to change their fortune.
I feel KP is a good captain, the way he leads the youngsters, but it causes his batting. He has not been at his best while captaining , neither for the English team and nor for the IPL franchises. He has to have match practice before he comes to play IPL, or will face tough time in the IPL.