When Kevin Pietersen met Sachin Tendulkar at Wankhede
Doing commentary in this year's IPL, Kevin Pietersen have had friendly banter with fellow cricketers during live interviews
Published - Apr 11, 2017 3:02 am | Updated - Apr 11, 2017 12:49 pm
Kevin Pietersen, the former England batsman, is not taking a part in this year’s IPL as he opted out of the tournament citing personal issues. He is, though, a part of the commentary team for a few weeks and is enjoying his new role.
Pietersen posted a picture with India’s most revered cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar, on Instagram. The star batsman was seen having his left leg in the air whilst Sachin was pointing out something to him. The photo was asked to caption by Pietersen for his millions of followers on his account.
Pieteren, 36, was a part of Rising Pune Supergiant last year but his campaign ended prematurely due to an injury. The Englishmen has been a fan of the IPL ever since its first season.
In 2009, he became the most expensive international player when he was bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 7.5 crore. Since then he went on to represent as many as 5 franchises: Royal Challengers Bangalore, Deccan Chargers, Delhi Daredevils, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rising Pune Supergiant.
He has decent numbers in the tournament averaging 37 in 36 games where he has made 1,001 runs. His strike rate is an impressive 134.72 and he has 1 century and 4 half-centuries to his name.
His fans were disappointed that he opted out for this year’s tournament. Pietersen had tweeted: “I won’t be going into the IPL auction. My winter has been too busy with all my travel & I don’t want to spend April/May away too!”
Due to his run-ins with the ECB, Pietersen’s international was cut short. He was one of the best cricketers to have represented his country as he amassed 8181 runs at an average 47.28 with 23 centuries. He played a leading role in winning the only silverware for England till date: ICC World T20 2010. The right-hander was awarded the ‘Man-of-The-Series’ award as he ended the tournament with 248 runs which included two half-centuries and a match winning 47 against Australia in the finals.
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