January 1, 2011

Cricket's biggest egos - Pietersen and Yuvraj

Kevin Pietersen has never been shy about, well, anything really

Kevin Pietersen has never been shy about, well, anything really. But when he took credit for England’s Ashes success Down Under by claiming it only happened because he got Peter Moore fired as coach and himself sacked as captain, and that he did it all for the good of English cricket, his ego had officially taken him three or four steps too far. So its no surprise he finds himself named in the Daily Telegraph's list of top 10 sporting egos, alongside other big-headed stars such as golfer Nick Faldo and NBA star Lebron James.

Pietersen is not the only cricketer to make the list either. Joining him is Yuvraj Singh, who was once hailed as the crown prince of Indian cricket and a future captain but today finds himself dropped from the Test team altogether. “Ego, bank balance and waistline have all swollen in recent years, but his performances have deserted him.” As the paper suggests, Yuvraj’s Twitter biography sums up his impression of himself best: "Cricketer, Celebrity, Entrepreneur, budding Philanthropist aka Yuvi." At least he mentions cricketer first.

Tariq Engineer is a former senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo