Indian Premier League 2012 January 8, 2012

Kevin Pietersen transfers to Delhi Daredevils

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England batsman Kevin Pietersen has transferred to Delhi Daredevils from Deccan Chargers for the 2012 season of the IPL, the IPL has confirmed. Pietersen is the third player to switch teams during the transfer window, after Dinesh Karthik and R Sathish.

"We are pleased to add Kevin to our line-up. He brings rich experience and an explosive quality to our batting and can be a more than handy offspinner as well," said TA Sekhar, GMR Sports' Head (Cricket). "We are sure that Kevin will help us to be very competitive this season and the Delhi Daredevils fans will enjoy this addition."

Pietersen was earlier part of Royal Challengers Bangalore and had captained the team for a few games in 2009. He was acquired by Deccan Chargers during the 2011 player auctions but could not play as he was recovering from a double hernia.

Pietersen, currently in the UAE for England's away series against Pakistan, said he was looking forward to the challenge of being part of a new setup. "I am looking forward to a wonderful time with the Delhi Daredevils," Pietersen said. "It will be a great experience to be playing in the same squad as Sehwag."

The first window for trading between IPL franchises closes on January 20. There will be another short window for trading after the February 4 auction in which the players of now terminated franchise Kochi Tuskers Kerala will be sold. The tournament will run from April 4 to May 27, 2012.

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  • Cpt.Meanster on January 10, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    @KavinDeven: Dude, I am not a fan of the IPL either but you cannot deny a vast majority of Indians enjoying the IPL for what it truly represents - FUN and ENTERTAINMENT. Serious cricket is always gonna be tests and ODIs. Besides.. Mumbai is NOT the whole India. It's only a microcosm. Move IPL games to the smaller townships like Pune and Cuttack and you will still get a full stadium most of the time.. even for an IPL game. That's the response to cricket in general in our crazy country. Obviously the bigger cities have numerous game fixtures in a calendar year... so the people there have the power of choice. The same can't be said about smaller towns.

  • RandyOZ on January 9, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    Great call on KP being a Freelance cricketer! Even England picked him up!

  • ccriccfan on January 9, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    wow, are these the same Indian team supporters who were criticizing India for their lackluster performance in Australia yesterday? What happened to them? I guess it isn't BCCI but the indian supporters who contribute to their team's shambolic performance overseas by continuing to support this mockery of a game termed IPL.

  • AlanHarrison on January 9, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    So KP's left Deccan Chargers. Does that constitute yet another team with which he's fallen out? :o) Maybe we can give him the benefit of the doubt about this one.

  • on January 9, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Too many eyes on jadeja now !! I wont be wondering if jadeja earns 10crores frm the auction !! Becoz he is the only worthy indian batsmen frm kochi team apart frm him mccullum,parthiv patel, owais shah and vinay kumar and klinger would be worthy to be picked up rest all are useless.

  • Khyber2012 on January 9, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    @ leftarmtweaker and Sakthiivel: thanks guys for your kind comments. Afgh. guys are indeed doing really well. Today Mohammad Shahzad became the first Afghan for completing 1000 runs. People in Afghanistan call him Afghan Sehwag. Unfortunately, Hamid Hassan's injury helped England to win today. But never mind. its their first steps. The only thing is giving them chances. So I kindly request indian cricket fans to make Indian national team and Indian cricket Board to play against Afghanistan like Pakistan is ready to play a one day game in Dubai on Feb 12. This will help us.

  • howzitt on January 9, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    this silly kir..kir..cket will die down once the stadiums are empty and money evaporates. until then have fun.

  • JG2704 on January 9, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    @jonesy2 on (January 09 2012, 05:20 AM GMT) I usually don't respond to your remarks these days as you and your alias's remarks are purely to try and get up our noses.However , although this one probably was , there is truth in it. Having said that the IPL teams have included England players in the past. KP,Morgan as test players and guys like Shah,Bopara,Lumb ... who are ex Eng players or fringe players.I admit there would likely be little clamour for Eng players in such a format although having said that , the last time I looked we were (rightly or wrongly) ranked 1 by the ICC in this format. Dernbach seems to have gone off the boil recently but I still believe he can bounce back. I notice that Eng discard Luke Wright has just scored the fastest 100 in the Aus competition so it proves that these players can do it on their day.The IPL would be good for someone like him who is never a test player and his 44 ball 100 might raise his profile sufficiently to gain interest from an IPL team

  • Romenevans on January 9, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    @ kimian - "Sehwag,Warner and Pieterson in the same XI.....Man,tats goin to be awesome !!!!" ...LOL Yeah, that too on a Flat Track of Kotla. Yawwwwwwwwwwwwwwn!

  • Romenevans on January 9, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    @ - Cpt.Meanster - Indian public? Which indian public? I live in Mumbai (Yeah yeah cricket passionate Mumbai) people here have already lost hope in your hopeless IPL. CLT20's empty stadiums in Chennai and Mumbai shows...why!

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 10, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    @KavinDeven: Dude, I am not a fan of the IPL either but you cannot deny a vast majority of Indians enjoying the IPL for what it truly represents - FUN and ENTERTAINMENT. Serious cricket is always gonna be tests and ODIs. Besides.. Mumbai is NOT the whole India. It's only a microcosm. Move IPL games to the smaller townships like Pune and Cuttack and you will still get a full stadium most of the time.. even for an IPL game. That's the response to cricket in general in our crazy country. Obviously the bigger cities have numerous game fixtures in a calendar year... so the people there have the power of choice. The same can't be said about smaller towns.

  • RandyOZ on January 9, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    Great call on KP being a Freelance cricketer! Even England picked him up!

  • ccriccfan on January 9, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    wow, are these the same Indian team supporters who were criticizing India for their lackluster performance in Australia yesterday? What happened to them? I guess it isn't BCCI but the indian supporters who contribute to their team's shambolic performance overseas by continuing to support this mockery of a game termed IPL.

  • AlanHarrison on January 9, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    So KP's left Deccan Chargers. Does that constitute yet another team with which he's fallen out? :o) Maybe we can give him the benefit of the doubt about this one.

  • on January 9, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Too many eyes on jadeja now !! I wont be wondering if jadeja earns 10crores frm the auction !! Becoz he is the only worthy indian batsmen frm kochi team apart frm him mccullum,parthiv patel, owais shah and vinay kumar and klinger would be worthy to be picked up rest all are useless.

  • Khyber2012 on January 9, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    @ leftarmtweaker and Sakthiivel: thanks guys for your kind comments. Afgh. guys are indeed doing really well. Today Mohammad Shahzad became the first Afghan for completing 1000 runs. People in Afghanistan call him Afghan Sehwag. Unfortunately, Hamid Hassan's injury helped England to win today. But never mind. its their first steps. The only thing is giving them chances. So I kindly request indian cricket fans to make Indian national team and Indian cricket Board to play against Afghanistan like Pakistan is ready to play a one day game in Dubai on Feb 12. This will help us.

  • howzitt on January 9, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    this silly kir..kir..cket will die down once the stadiums are empty and money evaporates. until then have fun.

  • JG2704 on January 9, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    @jonesy2 on (January 09 2012, 05:20 AM GMT) I usually don't respond to your remarks these days as you and your alias's remarks are purely to try and get up our noses.However , although this one probably was , there is truth in it. Having said that the IPL teams have included England players in the past. KP,Morgan as test players and guys like Shah,Bopara,Lumb ... who are ex Eng players or fringe players.I admit there would likely be little clamour for Eng players in such a format although having said that , the last time I looked we were (rightly or wrongly) ranked 1 by the ICC in this format. Dernbach seems to have gone off the boil recently but I still believe he can bounce back. I notice that Eng discard Luke Wright has just scored the fastest 100 in the Aus competition so it proves that these players can do it on their day.The IPL would be good for someone like him who is never a test player and his 44 ball 100 might raise his profile sufficiently to gain interest from an IPL team

  • Romenevans on January 9, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    @ kimian - "Sehwag,Warner and Pieterson in the same XI.....Man,tats goin to be awesome !!!!" ...LOL Yeah, that too on a Flat Track of Kotla. Yawwwwwwwwwwwwwwn!

  • Romenevans on January 9, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    @ - Cpt.Meanster - Indian public? Which indian public? I live in Mumbai (Yeah yeah cricket passionate Mumbai) people here have already lost hope in your hopeless IPL. CLT20's empty stadiums in Chennai and Mumbai shows...why!

  • on January 9, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    Yipeee...!!

    finally , something to cheer about being a Delhi Daredevil Fan....!!

  • iftikhar93 on January 9, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    This is what value of money is all about? KP hasn't even played a single match for Deccan.. Just wait for a day when the condition of nationality will be waived off and the players would be able to switch from there international sides as well.

  • on January 9, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    Lol at dd kp has hardly played IPL. Waste of money dd need a gud spinner urgently..

  • on January 9, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    KP the fourth good batsman for DD. After Sehwag, Warner and Hopes.

  • Meety on January 9, 2012, 6:29 GMT

    @satish619chandar - name who the WIndies are currently playing in tests at the moment? Oh, that's right, because you can't. Your comment "...It is the Big Bash which killed cricket by making Pollard, Bravo and Gayle reject national contract.." is totally false. The WIndies played against Pakistan whilst the IPL was on & those players did not appear as they were in India. Get your facts straight, the IPL does harm International cricket on some levels. It affects your test team & it has affected other teams when their players have been injured because their Boards were too weak to stop them playing. You are right the BBL would not select Sudhindra because he would be useless in Oz. The only reason why any BBL team would select him is so he'd be eligible iChampions Trophy if in India!

  • maddy20 on January 9, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    Can't believe that people are still interested in this IPL thing. Our test cricket is going down the drain and the IPL committee seems like it doesn't give a damn!

  • on January 9, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    @satish619chandar: Is BCCI allowing Indian players to take part in BBL ? first get the full information before posting comments. You mentioned so called "Sudhindra or anyone", when the are not even eligible for an IPL contract how do you expect them to pick by a BBL team who dont allow more than 2 foreigners.

  • on January 9, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    Nice move and good for the Daredevils. In the last season, their middle order was brittle and that denied them some huge scores and also pushed them in bottom half. Daredevils relied on their top-order and Kevin's addition will strengthen the middle-order for them.

  • jonesy2 on January 9, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    JG2704 -- mate no team would take any of those people, dernbach has already cost the melbourne stars which i dont care about because it serves them right

  • on January 9, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    wow......great news for Delhi Daredevils......will surely prove to be an asset for the team if he is available for the greater part of the season!!

  • satish619chandar on January 9, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    @rana2000 : It is the Big Bash which killed cricket by making Pollard, Bravo and Gayle reject national contract.. @JG2704 : IPL does pay respect to good and younger talent too.. Mitch Marsh, Warner and there are too many names to list even from away players.. Of course, u need to be a bit famous to get noticed.. A bigbash team wont pick a Sudhindra or anyone young from India..

  • satish619chandar on January 9, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    @5wombats : 36 comments so far.. Actually it is more than what SA-SL tests got most days.. I know many comments were no attention comments but they did pay attention to this..

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 9, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    @5wombats: Well there ARE people who care about IPL... many Indian fans DO and so do the BCCI. That's enough to carry the tournament ahead; it's an Indian domestic tournament by the way. Plus.. the Indian test team were NEVER the best. They were an average team even before the advent of T20 cricket. So remarks that the IPL is messing up Indian cricket is trash talk. Besides.. the money is good isn't it ?! and the league has most of the world's best players to put up 'cricketainment'. I am ok with the IPL... it's just that it's seriously way too long.

  • kimian on January 9, 2012, 1:33 GMT

    Sehwag,Warner and Pieterson in the same XI.....Man,tats goin to be awesome !!!!

  • dsig3 on January 9, 2012, 1:25 GMT

    Well, his days of a freelance contractor started early. They started when he was 19 I believe. Since then he has sold his services to a variety of different domestic teams. A journeyman, if you have the money then you can have KP.

  • straight_drive4 on January 9, 2012, 0:58 GMT

    @yougander reddy - do you think jadeja is good enough to save india from this mauling they are receving??

  • JG2704 on January 8, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    Personally I'd be glad if KP didn't play IPL as I fear it may affect his test form. However I wouldn't be at all against some of our OD players who don't regularly play test cricket playing in the IPL. It might actually do some of these players good.Guys like Dernbach,Borthwick,Briggs,Bairstow,Roy,Hales,Maynard etc or even Morgan , Patel and Bopara. I would also include Joss Buttler and Kieswetter but as a selfish Somerset fan I don't want them to miss any of the CC season. Alf T missed the start through injury from IPL and when he was out at the start and Tres was out towards the end Somerset's form was worse. The unfortunate thing is that I doubt IPL would be interested in our younger non marquee players.

  • RandyOZ on January 8, 2012, 22:16 GMT

    Pietersen to me looks like he wants to head back to South Africa. With England on the slide it might be time to join the real #1 side, especially with that bowling attack!

  • hhillbumper on January 8, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    jonesey 2.bless you.Did you lose some money to the English as you seem a tad bitter. Did we not let you in or have you never been here yet? Good luck with the hositlity petal

  • on January 8, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    in return for whom did dc give away pietersen ?? any how dc did a gud job intellligently becoz k.p will be busy with eng vs wi test series i guess in april so not much of a loss . i hope dc buy ravindra jadeja that would be more than enough or go for a gud power hitting opener or even andre russel or kevin o brien will be wayy worthy than useless dan christian !!

  • 5wombats on January 8, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    @bharath74 (January 08 2012, 19:04 PM GMT); Oh - sure, ya - india are incredible alright! Not for the reasons you think though.

  • leftarmtweaker on January 8, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    @Khyber2012, exciting? Do elaborate.

  • JG2704 on January 8, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    Personally I'd be glad if KP didn't play IPL as I fear it may affect his test form. However I wouldn't be at all against some of our OD players who don't regularly play test cricket playing in the IPL. It might actually do some of these players good.Guys like Dernbach,Borthwick,Briggs,Bairstow,Roy,Hales,Maynard etc or even Morgan , Patel and Bopara. I would also include Joss Buttler and Kieswetter but as a selfish Somerset fan I don't want them to miss any of the CC season. Alf T missed the start through injury from IPL and when he was out at the start and Tres was out towards the end Somerset's form was worse. The unfortunate thing is that I doubt IPL would be interested in our younger non marquee players.

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 8, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    I doubt whether KP would be fully available for the entire tournament given England will be touring Sri Lanka. I don't understand why the IPL is hell bent on signing players who would hardly be around for the action ?!! isn't that a waste of Indian tax payer money ? the Deccan Chargers signed up KP but he never wore the jersey and now he's with the Daredevils. This is getting ridiculous. The IPL won't go anywhere unless these overseas stars show up and perform for their respective clubs.. especially when they happen to be from England. This year there is a clash of many series involving Australia, SL, WI and England. So I can't see star players from these countries playing for long.

  • AJ_Tiger86 on January 8, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    KP has been tweeting about this too. He needs to fully focus on the test series coming up and prepare as well as he can.

  • Sakthiivel on January 8, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    @ Khyber2012 : Your guys doing well against England today. Sure they will get an place in Future IPL... Best of luck...

  • bharath74 on January 8, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    IPL means Indian Premier League, and we Indians are proud of this league, if u cant digest the fact that it is Indian or your country players are not allowed to play this league or your country T20 league is not successful as IPL Dont be sad or jealous, may be u can learn something from INCREDIBLE INDIA

  • on January 8, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    Why not M.SAMMULS great allrounder.

  • yorkshire-86 on January 8, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    IPL will never be considered a serious competition when the board can just 'terminate' teams. In a real competition the 'board' is elected by the teams to purely serve the teams. Until this happens the IPL will be considered a 'novelty' competition, albiet one which gives great riches to the 2-3 best T20 cricketers in each country in addition to most professional cricketers in India.

  • spence1324 on January 8, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    @5wombats have you see @jonesy2s comment,needless to say I hope kp will not take tips off david warner because unlike Australia we dont what sloggers in our team!

  • Avi56 on January 8, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    the best choice of batsman at the number 3 position in DD batting line up...

  • 5wombats on January 8, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    @davidgjones - oh yeah! Guess that's just wombats being a little muddle-headed today! Of course English would always be front page news!

  • stalefresh on January 8, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    After what happened to Indian test team, I can't believe international test players still want to play ipl. Specially the poms who are very well played for tests. Ipl will not only injure them but will ruin their test skills.

  • Sakthiivel on January 8, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    Wow.. ALL Teams are getting better and better.. CSK take care guys... Need to retain cup for the this season too...

  • REH223 on January 8, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    WHO CARES about the IPL other than the IPL administrators and players participating in it???? We fans need real cricket. T20 is ok if played and watched occassionally. But IPL will be played for 1 month???? Thank you BCCI for considering the interest of cricket fans

  • Tweaky on January 8, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    DC already has a depleted batting line-up, this will make things worse. They really need to pick 2 solid indian batsmen this auction, maybe get back Laxman for one.

  • Khyber2012 on January 8, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    IPL is indeed a big and most exciting cricket tournament. It has many Afghan supporters not only in Afghanistan but all over the world where ever Afghans are living. I am a KKR supporter, however, one request from the IPL organizers to include Afghan players in the upcoming auction. This will not only increase the confidence of Afghan players in international level but will also give them the opportunity to make entry for upcoming young Afghan players. IPL is indeed a multinational competition, so why not some Afghan players too which will give me a cause to support such a team which includes Afghan players. A kind request from Shahrukhan of being Pathan to include Afghan players like Hamid Hassan, Mohammad Nabi, Mohammad Shahzad etc. Shahrukh Khan should not forget that once his father or grand parents belonged to Afghanistan. Thanks

  • davidgjones on January 8, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    @ 5wombats

    It's about an Englishman. We get priority treatment on the Cricinfo frontpage, it's well established.

  • KingOwl on January 8, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    IPL is killing cricket. Given that killing the IPL is not an option due to the money it generates, it should at least be limited to 1 month. The current length is disastrous because players choose the IPL over national duties (due to the money).

  • usernames on January 8, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Sehwag, Warner, Kevin, Irfan, Yadav, Morkel, Aaron, et al make a good team for this version of the game. This year, I guess DD will be a good team to watch. They should try and snap a spin bowling allrounder, perhaps Ravindra Jadeja from Kochi which would make them a lot stronger. The good thing about them is they won't exceed their limit of 4 foreign players and will still field a very good team.

    I'm going to support them! :)

  • scorpionsXI on January 8, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    This makes sure that Jayawardena will be bought by DC in the auction of Kochi players. As Kumar Sangakkara is also in DC, he might have told the administration to sell KP and buy Mahela. Good trade as KP might not be playing many matches for IPL this season due to England's international matches.

  • 5wombats on January 8, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    @jonesy2 - that remark would be funny if anyone actually cared about IPL. I have no idea why this makes front page news. Nobody cares.

  • on January 8, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    Really Happy!! KP Will provide the much needed strength to our Middle Order!! Yayy!! Welcome Home KP!! :)

  • on January 8, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    now we hav..a gud batting lineup sehwag,warner,kp,nd hopes..

  • Rajeev129 on January 8, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    Even we(DC Fans) feel that this is a good move. KP is not suitable in our lineup, who is returning to DC from DD ? we want one of J.Hopes / T.Birt / C.Ingram from them.

  • on January 8, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    The turning point for delhi after their show in previous season maybe this time pitersen can switch(change) the results all the best kevin and equally to veru,warner,morkel.All the best delhi daredevills my best witches are wid u (please get ravindra jadeja frm the auction, delhi)

  • Rakim on January 8, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    LOL at ESPNCRICINFO. How can you post news about IPL at front page...

  • rahulcricket007 on January 8, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    he will hardly play any matches in ipl this year as eng will be touring sl at that time.

  • on January 8, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    now, just need to bolster the spinning line up, nd hav a strong middle order batsman, maybe jayawardene or even laxman????

  • jonesy2 on January 8, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    maybe he will learn to play from watching dave warner

  • jonesy2 on January 8, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    does he even get games? i doubt hes good enough

  • on January 8, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    much needed... the DD got royally screwed last season. can expect some competition or defense from their side now. By the way, its still CSK who look good and stronger than anyone else. Just wish we could get either Murali/ Jadeja from Kochi auction to CSK! that'l make them even stronger :)

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  • on January 8, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    much needed... the DD got royally screwed last season. can expect some competition or defense from their side now. By the way, its still CSK who look good and stronger than anyone else. Just wish we could get either Murali/ Jadeja from Kochi auction to CSK! that'l make them even stronger :)

  • jonesy2 on January 8, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    does he even get games? i doubt hes good enough

  • jonesy2 on January 8, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    maybe he will learn to play from watching dave warner

  • on January 8, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    now, just need to bolster the spinning line up, nd hav a strong middle order batsman, maybe jayawardene or even laxman????

  • rahulcricket007 on January 8, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    he will hardly play any matches in ipl this year as eng will be touring sl at that time.

  • Rakim on January 8, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    LOL at ESPNCRICINFO. How can you post news about IPL at front page...

  • on January 8, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    The turning point for delhi after their show in previous season maybe this time pitersen can switch(change) the results all the best kevin and equally to veru,warner,morkel.All the best delhi daredevills my best witches are wid u (please get ravindra jadeja frm the auction, delhi)

  • Rajeev129 on January 8, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    Even we(DC Fans) feel that this is a good move. KP is not suitable in our lineup, who is returning to DC from DD ? we want one of J.Hopes / T.Birt / C.Ingram from them.

  • on January 8, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    now we hav..a gud batting lineup sehwag,warner,kp,nd hopes..

  • on January 8, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    Really Happy!! KP Will provide the much needed strength to our Middle Order!! Yayy!! Welcome Home KP!! :)