Champions League T20 2012

Pietersen often 'misread' - Simons

Andrew McGlashan and Firdose Moonda

October 8, 2012

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Kevin Pietersen brings out the switch hit, Delhi Daredevils v Mumbai Indians, IPL, Delhi, April 27, 2012
Kevin Pietersen has often looked happy in his Delhi Daredevils role © AFP
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Kevin Pietersen's coach at the Champions League T20 believes the batsman is often 'misread' and has said he brings many attributes to the Delhi Daredevils team.

Eric Simons, the former South Africa head coach, does not have any issues with Pietersen who will link up with his Delhi team-mates for the CLT20 following his stint as a TV expert during the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in wake of his omission from the England side.

Pietersen has made no secret of his enjoyment of the IPL, so it will come as little surprise that Simons only had positive words to say about him ahead of the CLT20.

"KP's strength is the way he is," Simons said. "He was a crucial part of our team at the IPL. What you don't see is what he contributes off the field to the side. You need to understand your players and be able to manage the various cultures and personalities.

"I don't think you need to keep KP in check. As long as all your players are focused on one objective, and that's what we were able to achieve in this team during then IPL, then people are allowed to be who they are. I think KP is misread many times in situations."

There will be some interesting reunions when Pietersen arrives in Johannesburg as Morne Morkel, the South Africa quick bowler, is also part of the Delhi squad. It will be the first time Pietersen has met any of the South Africans since he was dropped from the England team earlier this year after it was revealed he had exchanged messages with them during the Test series.

The relations between the ECB and Cricket South Africa have soured in recent days after David Collier, the ECB chief executive, claimed South African players had 'provoked' Pietersen into sending the messages. CSA has strongly rebuffed the claims.

The ECB has now started a process of bringing Pietersen back into the fold after he signed a four-month contract last week, with a view to him being available for the Test series in India, although the final decision rests with Andy Flower, the England team director.

One of the initial issues between Pietersen and the ECB was his desire to play the full IPL to maximise is $2million contract, but he has since said that he will be fully committed to all cricket for England - that would mean being available for the home series against New Zealand next year, which clashes with the IPL.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent, Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor

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Posted by devrockzz on (October 11, 2012, 6:53 GMT)

KP is the best player in the delhi daredevils squad.Without KP delhi daredevils will lose badly in the champions league t20.Remember the deccan chargers game how he smashed the DC bowlers?Look he will smash atleast one time in the champions league t20 i bet that.

Posted by ifrakurshid on (October 9, 2012, 5:33 GMT)

KP IS AN OUTSTANDING CRICKETER IN ALL FORMATS OF THE GAME THOUGH HE CAN BE TRAPPED EAISLY IN SUB-CONTINENT PITCHES AGAINST SPIN ONLY WITH A RATIO OF 40/60 IN HIS FAVOUR. IF HE IS GIVEN THE RESPONSIBILTY OF LEADING THE SIDE BY ANY TEAM WORLD WIDE ENGLAND, DAREDEVILS ETC ETC WILL GET THE BEST OUT OF HIM WHAT EVER CRICKET IS LEFT IN HIM. IN CHAMPION LEAGUE STARTING 9OCT 2012 HE MIGHT REQUIRE SOMETIME TO GET BACK IN HIS STRIDES BECAUSE MENTALLY WHAT HE HAS GONE RECEANTLY PLUS MISSING THE GAMES IN SRILANKA HE MIGHT TAKE SOME IGINATION TIME. HOPE HE DOES NOT FALLOW THE OUT PUT GIVEN BY BOOM BOOM AFRADI IN THE FIELD AT SRILANKA MENTALLY AND PHICIALLY DISTURBED NOT BROKEN. I WISH HIM GOOD LUCK. GO KP GO.

Posted by Meety on (October 8, 2012, 23:48 GMT)

Man he is in the news again!

Posted by Ulcer on (October 8, 2012, 23:14 GMT)

Stop provoking KP from now on

Posted by jackiethepen on (October 8, 2012, 21:40 GMT)

Much as KP enjoys the IPL, the Delhi Daredevils coach is talking about a few weeks out of KP's long career spent with England. The England dressing room I think would know him a whole lot more so why make a comment like that?

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 20:43 GMT)

KP will rocks under MJ on CLT2o...

Posted by vrn59 on (October 8, 2012, 19:52 GMT)

The ECB is creating a fuss for no reason. They are stirring up an unnecessary battle with CSA just to distract the press from the fact that they simple coudn't do without Kevin Pietersen, and that is the main reason why he's got his contract renewed. I think Simons is right about him, though ... KP seems to be ok is he's rubbed the right way ... On a different note, the Delhi IPL team looks good to go for gold this year. Sehwag will have to adapt to SA pitches, which is questionable given his recent struggles, but then again, he made his Test debut in Bloomfontein and scored a magnificent century there. They won't be affected quite as much by the lack of a quality spinner in SA as they would've been in India, so they could possibly just rely on Sehwag and KP's part-time offspin. My DD XI: Warner, Sehwag, Pietersen, Jayawardene (C) (who also might have problems in SA conditions), NV Ojha (wk), Y Venugopal Rao, Yogesh Nagar (weak link), IK Pathan, M Morkel, Yadav, Aaron.

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (October 8, 2012, 19:43 GMT)

One of those -'Ahha' moments;eureka in other words. Someone has come forward and said it straight. Thanks for clearing that one up, Mr Simons. It had long been flummoxing many people involved in trying to work out KP. One or two members of the ECB hierarchy had, I'm sure , been thinking more in terms of straightjackets, but i think this seems more harmonious with reality. The management team will hopefully proceed now, armed with the key, though I am not entirely confident in that one, having observed the events of the last few months.

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