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Nishant Joshi, writing for All Out Cricket, recalls an early meeting with Kevin Pietersen which gave him in an insight into the batsman's attitude and ego.
There is a consistent theme of hubris in Pietersen's actions. His ego is overwhelming, both to others and himself. After DoosGate his international career seemed to be over before he released a video on his 'OfficialKP24′ YouTube channel that was meant to serve as a public apology. It was posted seconds after Mo Farah had won gold in the 5,000m at London 2012 though, and public euphoria was momentarily pierced by Pietersen's stage-managed attempt at ingratiation. It was a coincidence that the timing of the video's release was so off the mark, but at a time when it was perceived that he was out of touch with his teammates and reality, it added some comic juxtaposition to reinforce the notion.
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