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  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 19, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    KP is such a wonderful talent and it would be a great misfortune not to see him playing for England. You want to see best players competing against each other. What KP may need are lessons on leadership, which he can gain aplenty in this stint with DD. All the best and hope he gains a lot and let's hope England sees the change to see him back.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on | April 12, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    The ECB sack KP and Kirsten has him as captain. The ECB couldn't attract any top coaches for the England job. KP might not play for England again but that doesn't change the fact he is their best player by a mile and the decision to sack him while retaining talentless chumps like Prior, Root, Bairstow, Bresnan etc was a terrible one. Normal service has resumed.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | April 12, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    @Arrow011: It's up to each cricket board to properly respect and look after their star players. There was a time when the WICB mistreated Gayle. Hence, Gayle lost interest and had a fallout with the WICB. For a while it seemed he would cut short his international career. Thankfully, that didn't happen and he still wears the maroon jersey of the WI. The ECB should have handled KP better. Sure, he's an egotist but the ECB have bigger egos too along with their captain Cook and others in that side. So it was a two way war and KP sadly was alone. Now, he's a free agent and has gleefully accepted the captaincy of DD under Kirsten's watch. Contrary to what some KP naysayers say, they will all be glued to their TVs come the 16th of April.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | April 12, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    Gary is known to be a Gentleman and KP is a guy who respects good people. KP is a no nonsense guy who doesn't like it when people go throwing their weight around. I love this combination of Kevin and Gary. Being one of the millions of KP fans in India, I wish him the very best. I would love for KP to become an Indian Citizen and settle down here. Lovely guy. Way to go KP. Though RR is my favourite team, my second favourite team is yours. Cheers....Come on Kevin, rub it in. The dinosaurs at ECB are watching anxiously for you to fail.....They all should fall flat on their faces by the time this IPL ends....

  • POSTED BY FlatTrakBully on | April 11, 2014, 23:07 GMT

    Whether you play for England or not, you still represent your country. I like that No 1 coach punch. It will alert lower ranked coaches.

  • POSTED BY on | April 11, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    Sure, Kevin Pietersen.... Kirsten is great until he does something you don't like. Good thing the IPL is short. The other Delhi players might have enough patience to put up with him for just long enough. I think if Warner had stayed with DD, we might have seen some quick fireworks between these two.

  • POSTED BY Arrow011 on | April 11, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    Hope KP's precious career does not go Pollard's way, the west indian has become a freelancer taking part in all T20 leagues the world over, same as Hodge & Gayle. Cricket will lose big time if world's best present day batsman also joins the mercenary cricketers list.

  • POSTED BY CricStaah on | April 11, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    DD are looking as strong as ever - but then they have always had an awsome batting line up which for some strange reason has ever achieved anything! Money is a powerful tool and will keep even the likes of KP in check I am sure he won't be tweeting or texting secrets to any of the opposition with 6 figure salary atrisk. He is an extremely talented player and it is a shame that we will not get to see him participating in any international cricket anytime soon! But on a positive note the England dressing room looked so much more relaxed without him - esp during the final match in the WT20 against netherlands! I could feel the Harmony amoungst the team all the way from the UK

  • POSTED BY mshyder on | April 11, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    We should be able to see some tight games and unexpected results at this year's IPL as a clean, uncorrupted IPL will have more than CSK and Daredevils with KP and GK are right there at the top.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | April 11, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    I like this vibe from KP. It shows how much he adores a professional, yet free minded environment. Unlike, the dreaded ECB and England dressing room where he was treated poorly. I am sure Delhi will taste success under his leadership and Kirsten's watch. The dark days for DD are over. I strongly feel DD look good to make the playffs this year. Don't get fooled that they have no key Indian international players in their squad. The Rajasthan Royals didn't have anybody back in 2008, yet they won the championship.

  • POSTED BY A.Ak on | April 11, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    KP is one of those players who were born to play big stage games. Looking forward to see him play in IPL. Hope other teams are upto CSK standards.

  • POSTED BY steve48 on | April 11, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    I think the KP/GK relationship will be fascinating to watch unfold. KP by all accounts likes playing the mentor / technical advice role; he was even reported to be helping Broad and Anderson with their batting in Australia! His problems can arise when he and GK clash on selection and strategy, this appears to be his Achilles Heel. If they manage to work well together it will say a lot about how things have been with KP in the past, because he will be desperate for personal and team success, as no doubt will Kirsten. Is my main point of interest in this years IPL.

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | April 11, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    I believe freelancer KP is gonna do something special in this year's IPL edition !!!! Kirsten & KP combination is surely will work this time for DD..... wish DD will be the new winner in IPL 2014 !!!!

  • POSTED BY YogifromNY on | April 11, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    Delhi Daredevils have a real chance this year of at least advancing to the semis, I feel. I never liked their team in years past (though ethnically from Pune/ Mumbai, I have been a Rajasthan Royals supporter from the IPL's inception). This year, though, DD have a real chance, primarily because of the following - 1) they got rid of the underperformers, esp Sehwag and Jayawardene; 2) they have an exciting stable of batsmen led by Pietersen, Dinesh Karthik, and Ross Taylor; 3) decent bowling; and above all 4) the talismanic Gary Kirsten as the coach. Delhi fans can hopefully look forward to some positive results this year.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | April 11, 2014, 4:20 GMT

    How can you be so certain that they are not interested in managing people? If anything, KP strives for attention. He is at his best when people worship him. If he is the captain, he is going to be looked up at and that will make him bring his A-game. On top of that, KP is one of the most charismatic players today and his heart is what got him axed from England. DK is a quiet experienced Vice Captain. He just has to support KP. Captaining greats also takes skill btw. All those strong personalities, thinking they are the best cannot be easy to handle. Plus, cricket is a team game. So regardless of how many good players you have, if you don't play well as a team, you will lose. That is where good captains and coaches come in.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | April 11, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    @Alex Again, your argument has no basis. Yes I agree that leadership is mostly something people are born with and not every player will be good at it. Sehwag is not a good captain, he admits it himself. However, Pietersen has barely captained any side, so assuming that he will be bad is uncalled for, especially on the basis that he can't be a good player and captain. In fact, his qualities: aggression, hate of loss, good cricketing brain, would make him an ideal candidate for captaincy. How do you know Pietersen doesn't like managing people? He stated himself that he'd love the opportunity to captain. Don't get me wrong, he could still fail, but we don't know yet since we have no prior proof of his leadership skills. So wait for evidence before you make claims. Btw, Sanga and Mahela weren't the only exceptions. There have been numerous captains who were great. Amulya Pandit mentioned just a few. Thus, your "rule" is not really a rule.

  • POSTED BY on | April 11, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    @Alex: I am not sure whether you know any thing about cricket or not. According to your theory, Great captains or not great players. But What about Imran Khan, Ganguly, Clarke. Are they not great players? What is the basis of your theory. Just don't write what ever you want to write. Think once before commenting.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | April 11, 2014, 3:51 GMT

    I think you all misunderstood my point. In one context , you hide things where you lack. But there are people who do not lack in key areas. Its very easy to captain a team when team overloaded with great players. Imran khan and viv richards were overhyped captain whose team were super talented. Some are great captain but with no luck. Stephen fleming was one. Mahela jayawardene was another. Kapil dev was great captain in moulding weak team to world beater. You can manufacture a captain with good players around him. But you can not make a leader if their heart is not in it. I am fan of KP batting and DK multi skilled ability. But both are interested in showing off skills than managing people. Kirsten may make other players understand their roles but you still you need a leader to get inspired. I think DD lacks that heart. Can KP can do it ? I think for DD to be fun team , they should keep hands off KP to just play his game. KP should hand off most work to DK to do it.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | April 11, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    Every rule has exceptions. Ofcourse sanga , mahela were brilliant captains. Everyone born with different energy balance equations. if someone lack something , they gained something else. Thats how balance achieved. i do not think everyone can be leaders. You have to have natural obsession of control. Why need for control? its security blanket. When you lack something , you will hide it by controlling people who have that something. Kevin pieterson rather hit sparkling 100 than tough it out for a win. Sehwag and Pieterson are same type. Kp is better talker than sehwag who is kinda clueless person. Anyone who do not change with time is a clueless person. When you age you lose your flexibility , you have to adapt new situation or perish. For me leaders are born, you can't make them. Can sehwag , KP win IPL ? they can if they have right people around them. Do they like managing people ? not a chance. In their mind its waste of time. Too much energy consumed.

  • POSTED BY on | April 11, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    Gary was the best coach for India. What Wright-Ganguly did was amazing - then for a while under Greg Chappel India could have returned to its old bad ways. This was when gary took over and with Dhoni he took India to greater heights. He has also done very well with SA. He will help DD for sure.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | April 11, 2014, 2:10 GMT

    @Alexk400 I can't even begin to tell you how wrong you are. Ok, firstly what do you mean lacking soul? Players? It has a healthy mix of new and experienced players. Secondly, Kirsten could very well be the best coach in the world and if you really think that the coach has no impact on a team, you don't understand the game at all. Just take India for example. Under Kirsten, the went to the top of the test rankings and won the world cup. When he left, we hit a slump and still haven't won abroad. Australia lost the Ashes under Arthur, but within a few months of his appointment, Lehman turned the team around and they dominated the summer. I agree, you do need a good captain to compliment a good coach, but your argument that Pietersen will not be a good captain because he is a good player is just ridiculous. Clarke, Sanga/Jayawardene/Ponting, Misbah, AB have all been/are some of the best players in their teams and are also great captains. You really need a better basis for your argument.

  • POSTED BY GHemrajani on | April 10, 2014, 21:05 GMT

    I would like to hear more about winning the tournament than about having fun. All the best KP. I will be supporting you from the US.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 10, 2014, 20:27 GMT

    Gary Kirsten is the best coach available right now in cricketing world. Kev is right about that. Hope DD will bloom under his coaching..

  • POSTED BY BigINDFan on | April 10, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    KP needs this captaincy stint more than Kirsten needs the coaching gig but I suppose both of them need to sing from the same hymn sheet for their careers to move on. DD will benefit from a character like KP to get them revved up. Gary will put KP in his place for sure since Gary was a terrific batsman and has good cricketing brain. As for KP playing for Eng again, not happening. KP should have stayed with SA and played for them or moved to NZ. Eng and KP do not gel well as they are poles apart. KP cannot handle structure and processes which Eng is rooted in. For now he can go around the world playing T20 and eventually becoming a coach or commentator. He could have played for NZ and would have had a great career, he chose the wrong ship to sail from SA several years ago :-) Now let us hope we see his best form in IPL. He is a fantastic player and Eng will never get a player like that again.

  • POSTED BY on | April 10, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    @Alex:So you mean Imran Khan, Steve Waugh, Sourav Ganguly and Micheal Clarke were average cricketers ?

  • POSTED BY on | April 10, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    Fantastic! Gary Kirsten experience surely will help DD. he is very logical and he keeps things simple. DD could not have asked better coach then him. KP you are just awesome! best of luck and love to see you firing in this IPL.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | April 10, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    I do not think DD will do good at all. It lacks soul. KP & DK is ok but the team lacks something. Kirsten is overhyped coach. I think sometime we give too much value to coach. What we want from coach is stay in sideline and not create mess. Kirsten is that type of coach. In cricket coach may or may not play active role. You still needs to have great captain to have great coach. If captain is bad , coach will also look bad. Kevin pieterson will never be good captain because he has better cricketing skills. You always offset with what you do not have. Better captain always have average cricketing skills which makes him concentrate on other stuff more to balance things.

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  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 19, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    KP is such a wonderful talent and it would be a great misfortune not to see him playing for England. You want to see best players competing against each other. What KP may need are lessons on leadership, which he can gain aplenty in this stint with DD. All the best and hope he gains a lot and let's hope England sees the change to see him back.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on | April 12, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    The ECB sack KP and Kirsten has him as captain. The ECB couldn't attract any top coaches for the England job. KP might not play for England again but that doesn't change the fact he is their best player by a mile and the decision to sack him while retaining talentless chumps like Prior, Root, Bairstow, Bresnan etc was a terrible one. Normal service has resumed.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | April 12, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    @Arrow011: It's up to each cricket board to properly respect and look after their star players. There was a time when the WICB mistreated Gayle. Hence, Gayle lost interest and had a fallout with the WICB. For a while it seemed he would cut short his international career. Thankfully, that didn't happen and he still wears the maroon jersey of the WI. The ECB should have handled KP better. Sure, he's an egotist but the ECB have bigger egos too along with their captain Cook and others in that side. So it was a two way war and KP sadly was alone. Now, he's a free agent and has gleefully accepted the captaincy of DD under Kirsten's watch. Contrary to what some KP naysayers say, they will all be glued to their TVs come the 16th of April.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | April 12, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    Gary is known to be a Gentleman and KP is a guy who respects good people. KP is a no nonsense guy who doesn't like it when people go throwing their weight around. I love this combination of Kevin and Gary. Being one of the millions of KP fans in India, I wish him the very best. I would love for KP to become an Indian Citizen and settle down here. Lovely guy. Way to go KP. Though RR is my favourite team, my second favourite team is yours. Cheers....Come on Kevin, rub it in. The dinosaurs at ECB are watching anxiously for you to fail.....They all should fall flat on their faces by the time this IPL ends....

  • POSTED BY FlatTrakBully on | April 11, 2014, 23:07 GMT

    Whether you play for England or not, you still represent your country. I like that No 1 coach punch. It will alert lower ranked coaches.

  • POSTED BY on | April 11, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    Sure, Kevin Pietersen.... Kirsten is great until he does something you don't like. Good thing the IPL is short. The other Delhi players might have enough patience to put up with him for just long enough. I think if Warner had stayed with DD, we might have seen some quick fireworks between these two.

  • POSTED BY Arrow011 on | April 11, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    Hope KP's precious career does not go Pollard's way, the west indian has become a freelancer taking part in all T20 leagues the world over, same as Hodge & Gayle. Cricket will lose big time if world's best present day batsman also joins the mercenary cricketers list.

  • POSTED BY CricStaah on | April 11, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    DD are looking as strong as ever - but then they have always had an awsome batting line up which for some strange reason has ever achieved anything! Money is a powerful tool and will keep even the likes of KP in check I am sure he won't be tweeting or texting secrets to any of the opposition with 6 figure salary atrisk. He is an extremely talented player and it is a shame that we will not get to see him participating in any international cricket anytime soon! But on a positive note the England dressing room looked so much more relaxed without him - esp during the final match in the WT20 against netherlands! I could feel the Harmony amoungst the team all the way from the UK

  • POSTED BY mshyder on | April 11, 2014, 14:03 GMT

    We should be able to see some tight games and unexpected results at this year's IPL as a clean, uncorrupted IPL will have more than CSK and Daredevils with KP and GK are right there at the top.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | April 11, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    I like this vibe from KP. It shows how much he adores a professional, yet free minded environment. Unlike, the dreaded ECB and England dressing room where he was treated poorly. I am sure Delhi will taste success under his leadership and Kirsten's watch. The dark days for DD are over. I strongly feel DD look good to make the playffs this year. Don't get fooled that they have no key Indian international players in their squad. The Rajasthan Royals didn't have anybody back in 2008, yet they won the championship.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | April 10, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    I do not think DD will do good at all. It lacks soul. KP & DK is ok but the team lacks something. Kirsten is overhyped coach. I think sometime we give too much value to coach. What we want from coach is stay in sideline and not create mess. Kirsten is that type of coach. In cricket coach may or may not play active role. You still needs to have great captain to have great coach. If captain is bad , coach will also look bad. Kevin pieterson will never be good captain because he has better cricketing skills. You always offset with what you do not have. Better captain always have average cricketing skills which makes him concentrate on other stuff more to balance things.

  • POSTED BY on | April 10, 2014, 18:40 GMT

    Fantastic! Gary Kirsten experience surely will help DD. he is very logical and he keeps things simple. DD could not have asked better coach then him. KP you are just awesome! best of luck and love to see you firing in this IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | April 10, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    @Alex:So you mean Imran Khan, Steve Waugh, Sourav Ganguly and Micheal Clarke were average cricketers ?

  • POSTED BY BigINDFan on | April 10, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    KP needs this captaincy stint more than Kirsten needs the coaching gig but I suppose both of them need to sing from the same hymn sheet for their careers to move on. DD will benefit from a character like KP to get them revved up. Gary will put KP in his place for sure since Gary was a terrific batsman and has good cricketing brain. As for KP playing for Eng again, not happening. KP should have stayed with SA and played for them or moved to NZ. Eng and KP do not gel well as they are poles apart. KP cannot handle structure and processes which Eng is rooted in. For now he can go around the world playing T20 and eventually becoming a coach or commentator. He could have played for NZ and would have had a great career, he chose the wrong ship to sail from SA several years ago :-) Now let us hope we see his best form in IPL. He is a fantastic player and Eng will never get a player like that again.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 10, 2014, 20:27 GMT

    Gary Kirsten is the best coach available right now in cricketing world. Kev is right about that. Hope DD will bloom under his coaching..

  • POSTED BY GHemrajani on | April 10, 2014, 21:05 GMT

    I would like to hear more about winning the tournament than about having fun. All the best KP. I will be supporting you from the US.

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | April 11, 2014, 2:10 GMT

    @Alexk400 I can't even begin to tell you how wrong you are. Ok, firstly what do you mean lacking soul? Players? It has a healthy mix of new and experienced players. Secondly, Kirsten could very well be the best coach in the world and if you really think that the coach has no impact on a team, you don't understand the game at all. Just take India for example. Under Kirsten, the went to the top of the test rankings and won the world cup. When he left, we hit a slump and still haven't won abroad. Australia lost the Ashes under Arthur, but within a few months of his appointment, Lehman turned the team around and they dominated the summer. I agree, you do need a good captain to compliment a good coach, but your argument that Pietersen will not be a good captain because he is a good player is just ridiculous. Clarke, Sanga/Jayawardene/Ponting, Misbah, AB have all been/are some of the best players in their teams and are also great captains. You really need a better basis for your argument.

  • POSTED BY on | April 11, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    Gary was the best coach for India. What Wright-Ganguly did was amazing - then for a while under Greg Chappel India could have returned to its old bad ways. This was when gary took over and with Dhoni he took India to greater heights. He has also done very well with SA. He will help DD for sure.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | April 11, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    Every rule has exceptions. Ofcourse sanga , mahela were brilliant captains. Everyone born with different energy balance equations. if someone lack something , they gained something else. Thats how balance achieved. i do not think everyone can be leaders. You have to have natural obsession of control. Why need for control? its security blanket. When you lack something , you will hide it by controlling people who have that something. Kevin pieterson rather hit sparkling 100 than tough it out for a win. Sehwag and Pieterson are same type. Kp is better talker than sehwag who is kinda clueless person. Anyone who do not change with time is a clueless person. When you age you lose your flexibility , you have to adapt new situation or perish. For me leaders are born, you can't make them. Can sehwag , KP win IPL ? they can if they have right people around them. Do they like managing people ? not a chance. In their mind its waste of time. Too much energy consumed.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | April 11, 2014, 3:51 GMT

    I think you all misunderstood my point. In one context , you hide things where you lack. But there are people who do not lack in key areas. Its very easy to captain a team when team overloaded with great players. Imran khan and viv richards were overhyped captain whose team were super talented. Some are great captain but with no luck. Stephen fleming was one. Mahela jayawardene was another. Kapil dev was great captain in moulding weak team to world beater. You can manufacture a captain with good players around him. But you can not make a leader if their heart is not in it. I am fan of KP batting and DK multi skilled ability. But both are interested in showing off skills than managing people. Kirsten may make other players understand their roles but you still you need a leader to get inspired. I think DD lacks that heart. Can KP can do it ? I think for DD to be fun team , they should keep hands off KP to just play his game. KP should hand off most work to DK to do it.

IPL 2014 April 10, 2014

'A privilege to work with Kirsten' - Pietersen

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'Still hopeful of playing for England' - Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen, the new captain of Delhi Daredevils, has rated Gary Kirsten as the No.1 coach at the moment, and said the franchise is lucky to have the South African in its coaching staff, as it looks to rebuild after a poor 2013 season. Pietersen was speaking to ESPNcricinfo during a live video chat on Thursday where he took questions from fans via Twitter.

Kirsten, who had earlier coached India and his native South Africa, was appointed Daredevils' head coach for 2014 last September. Pietersen, who had represented Daredevils in previous seasons, was named captain last month. Pietersen said his interactions with Kirsten over the last few days, with the squad assembling ahead of the start of IPL 2014, have been "fantastic."

"Gary and I sing off a similar hymn sheet. It's an absolute privilege to work with Gary," Pietersen said. "He is probably rated the No.1 coach at the moment. Delhi are very fortunate to have Gary. He's got the personality that makes you want to really be successful for him and the franchise. He makes you feel happy about yourself.

"When he talks he means it and everything that comes out of his mouth makes sense. It has been fantastic working with him so far. We will do whatever we can to prepare ourselves the right way so we can have a fun competition."

Pietersen had had a shortlived stint as England captain and also had a brief period at the helm of Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2009. Now in his second time leading an IPL franchise, Pietersen said his outlook towards the job has changed since his early days, by drawing on his experiences in dealing with different people.

"I think my mindset has changed a hell of a lot. When I was thrust into the England captaincy, it was very difficult at that stage as I hadn't been through a load of processes and I've had a load of ups and downs since then," Pietersen said. "Only when you reach good heights and reasonably low lows do you understand everybody and everything. When you have a family you understand families, when you have kids you understand kids.

"When I took over the England captaincy I hadn't experienced a lot of those things. For me, understanding people, managing people and getting to grips with how everybody's feeling over a 6-8 week period is vitally important in making sure we are all happy and everyone's fighting for one result. The last 24-48 hours with these guys has been fascinating, in terms of achieving the goal. We can all learn from each other."

With the IPL's credibility hit by last year's spot-fixing scandal, Pietersen said it was important for players to remember why they took to the game in the first place and not worry about off-field issues.

"I hope I can speak for all players that we play this game because we love this game. It gives incredible highs, and lows too. You have to expect that. You go out there and play to the best of your ability and you just hope that people aren't putting a black line through days that you spend enjoying and having fun. Anything that happens in terms of the nonsense away from the field, we can't go in to that. We just have to be honest with ourselves and each other."

Pietersen, whose international career was put to an abrupt end by the ECB, however, hasn't given up hope on playing for England again. "I thought my time was up when things happened in January," he said. "But I love playing cricket and I am still hopeful of playing cricket for England again one day so I'm going to do everything I can to play to the best of my ability."