I am not good at Twenty20 cricket: PietersenMay 30th, 2009 - 3:46 pm ICT by IANS
London, May 30 (IANS) With just five days left for the start of the Twenty20 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 British tabloid 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.
Pietersen said that leading the side just four days after meeting the rest of the team was a huge challenge for him.
“I wasn’t as focused on my batting as I was on trying to learn guys’ names and what they did. The more you play T20 cricket the better you become and I haven’t played a lot of it, and I’m not very good at it.
“The more I play it though the more I’ll catch up with my records in Test and one-day cricket definitely. I just know that I will get much better at it. I’ve worked out some new theories about how to go about my batting in T20 and that will make a difference, hopefully starting next week!” he said.
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