February 11, 2014

England cricket

A talent whose ego was too big to let go

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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