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“I’m not out here to make any point and neither do I play cricket for that reason”
Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has announced that he doesn’t “need to prove anything to anyone” during the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season, which gets underway tomorrow.
Pietersen was recently axed from his national team after the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) decided to terminate his central contract.
“The break away from cricket has been fantastic and I’m really looking forward to playing in the IPL,” Pietersen said. “What transpired in March has nothing to do with what I’m about to do now. I’m not out here to make any point and neither do I play cricket for that reason.
“I find the opportunity of again playing in the IPL really nice especially because I missed the last season due to injury and also due to the fact that I absolutely love the competition. I’ve played in every part of the world and after playing for almost a decade, I don’t think I need to prove anything to anyone.”
Despite not having played international cricket since January, the Delhi Daredevils still paid $1.5 million to secure Pietersen’s services during this year’s IPL.
In addition to that, the Daredevils decided to promote the South African-born batsman to the position of captain.
“We’re bringing together a talented side,” Pietersen said. “It comprises a good blend of experience and youth – all international, Indian and domestic players. The most important task is to make everyone feel like it’s their own team.
“According to me, the key to success this time around would be to make sure that the management, the captain and the coach understands each player and let every single individual be themselves. Also, the idea will be to train well in whatever way we can and try to perform to the best of our abilities.”