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February 5, 2014

Were England right to leave Kevin Pietersen out of their future plans?


A maverick like him could have been disruptive in a team that is looking to rebuild from scratch.


He is their best player, and teams should find ways to accommodate such special talents.


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February 5, 2014, 6:39 GMT


Cricket is exceptional in the way that it is a team game that yet unfolds through individual performances and contests. Part of the fascination of cricket is its dramatic structure: individuals foregrounded amidst ensemble casts. Often enough, however, this contrast has given rise to tensions and controversies. Bradman had an uneasy relationship with his team mates as did Hammond, Lara and quite a few others.

Pieterson's actions over the course of his career make a nonsense of the contention that he should have been managed better. He has a consistent pattern of alienating himself from the teams for which he has played. In this regard, he is incorrigible. It is he who should have managed himself better. No amount of 'management' can benefit someone who refuses to be responsible for themselves.

Divisions within a team are more often than not the cause of poor performance. Unhappy teams rarely play well. I had suspected all along that England were a divided team because of Pieterson.

March 12, 2014, 7:22 GMT


when Kevin Pietersen play in 50% match ENGLAND have won.

April 9, 2014, 13:27 GMT


We all know what KP is capable of. The journey from a flamboyant stroke -maker to one of the legends of the modern game is never too easy; though his career was cut short to controversies than injuries. ECB on the other side, has been too severe on him; with the reasons for his "exile", yet to revealed.Even when his co-players backed off from the recent ashes due to "mental stress" and "lack of confidence", he took up his responsibility and motivated the younger players. ECB as always, prefers to fit in the current & "short-run" players in their domestic circuit.

April 4, 2014, 17:22 GMT


he was the top-scorer in last ashes among all Englishmen...

March 26, 2014, 3:12 GMT


ECB made a wrong decision.

March 25, 2014, 22:15 GMT


He was the Player of Tournament in only ICC world cup won by England. His personality bit like Shoiab Akhter who always on news due to his controversies but he should be drop in any case.

March 25, 2014, 18:50 GMT


I think they England cricket board rushed in to make the decision against him...

March 25, 2014, 16:54 GMT


No. He is their best player, and teams should find ways to accommodate such special talents.

March 25, 2014, 14:34 GMT


Quip is right - team is above the player and it is every individual's own responsibility to 'fit' themselves. Imagine what pressures Dravids and Sachins have to deal with externally and internally! But playing devil's advocate - what question are we trying to answer ? - are we answering the question that would England be better off DESPITE Pietersen's quirks and whims? Overwhelming YES. Yes - if managed well by the coach and captain even though they shouldn't have to put through this nonsense. But the team is above the player - didn't we say that? If the players around him make some adjustments in dealing with him, the team would ultimately be better off and would be a better performer is my opinion. Isn't what we want ultimately?

March 12, 2014, 14:46 GMT


no look at them young players are not playing upto the expectations