With just five days left for the the T20 World Cup, Indian Premier League’s (IPL) most expensive player and former England captain Kevin Pietersen admitted that he is not a good at Twenty20 cricket.
In an interview to Mirror, Pietersen said: “I’m not very good at Twenty20 cricket, am I?”
Pietersen, who was bought by liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s Bangalore Royal Challengers for a record $1.55 million, failed to live up to his top billing in the IPL. He led Royal Challengers, who finished runners-up, to just two wins from six matches in the early part of the league. Then it was veteran Anil Kumble who took charge and led the team to the final.
“I made a great captain, didn’t I,” chuckled Pietersen. “We won two out of six when I was there and then Anil Kumble took over and they got to the final.”
“People are going to take pot shots at me over the IPL and the money I earned in two weeks, but it was such a great experience. I loved it,” he said.
Pak coach confident
Karachi: Pakistan are confident that a tough conditioning camp and psychological counseling will make up for a lack of playing time and prepare the team for a serious assault on the tournament.
The Pakistan squad departed for England on Saturday with coach Intikhab Alam advocating the strength of careful preparation going into the 12-nation event.
“No one can make any predictions about Twenty20 matches but I am backing my team to do very well because the preparations have been top class,” Alam said.
Bravo’s chance to do well
St John's, Antigua: While his colleagues shivered and slumped to an embarrassing Test series defeat in England, Dwayne Bravo was gaining crucial T20 experience in the IPL. “I learn about others. IPL has been great in that way. These are the players you are playing against, and now you get to know them better,” he said. The West Indian allrounder turned out for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL.