Wright was England’s leading run scorer in the tournament
England batsman Kevin Pietersen has given full credit to the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Australia’s Big Bash League for Luke Wright’s dazzling performances during the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20.
Pietersen, who was left out of the England squad for the World Twenty20 due to the incidents he was involved in this summer, worked as a cricket pundit for ESPN Star Sports for the entire duration of the tournament.
The Daily Star quoted Pietersen as saying: “I totally agree with his sentiments, saying he’s become a much better player because he’s played ‘Big Bash’ and IPL when he’s been out of the team. Batting at three gives you more opportunity but it also adds extra pressure. He’s come in and done a terrific job.”
Wright finished the tournament at sixth on the top-runs scorers list with 193 runs from five matches, which included two half centuries.
Before the tournament started, many cricket pundits believed Wright would be an X-factor for England, but with scores of 99 not out against Afghanistan and 76 against New Zealand, Wright has proved his critics wrong and most likely may have booked a place for himself in England’s ODI and Twenty20 squad.