England v Australia, World Twenty20 final, Barbados May 16, 2010

Pietersen rewarded for hard slog

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Life for Kevin Pietersen is pretty good at the moment. He couldn't stop smiling as he sat with the World Twenty20 trophy, the Player-of-the-Series award, his form back to somewhere near its best and a small baby to return home to.

He had unfinished business against Australia after being forced to hobble out of the Ashes with his Achilles injury. His 47 in the final won't quite make up for it - that will have to wait until the Ashes in November - but it could well be another highly significant mark in his career.

"Incredible really," was how he summed the past week of his life. "It will only sink in in a few weeks' time or when I see my little boy to see and hold, everything will probably sink in. Right now in the dressing room we will celebrate as a team but things only seem to sink in a few days later or a week later. Hopefully the ash cloud will stay away and we can get back to our families on Tuesday because its one thing celebrating with the lads but you also want your families around you to celebrate such a successful time."

Even before being forced onto the operating table for surgery he has since revealed nearly ended his career, he wasn't the same man who burst onto the international stage six years as he struggled to accept the way his brief captaincy stint was ended. His batting at least is back to somewhere near a peak and now that he is content off the field, too, it is time for him to reach the levels he has always had the ability to attain.

But it has been a long, hard slog to get back to this point. Longer and harder than many people realise. Pietersen will always be a misunderstood cricketer for a variety of reasons, but no one works harder at their game. It tore him apart to not be able to contribute consistently towards the team cause.

The turnaround began in Bangladesh, where he worked on his weakness against left-arm spin, spending hours in the nets with Andy Flower and he also did some serious soul-searching in Dhaka and Chittagong. By the end of that tour he was batting more freely again, but the big stage is where Pietersen belongs and his success here - 248 runs at 62 - caps off the rehabilitation.

"It's humbling, for sure," he said. "You've got to savour things like this. If it wasn't for the help of all the dressing room in Bangladesh and the coaching staff and management, I probably wouldn't have been here - batting the way I did.

"The nights and the dinners I had with Colly, reassuring me of how to play when you lose sight of how you should be playing coming back from the injury I had, really helped. It's difficult to believe. But player-of-the-series is just something given to one person.

"The team is the most important. One bloke gets a lovely trophy, but if was not for the team I wouldn't be sitting here. The team have been absolutely incredible, in the journey - and so has the help I've had from 'the weed' [Collingwood] on my right and from Andy Flower and all the boys."

A firing, happy Pietersen makes England a much more dangerous side but while he has the statistics and trophy to prove how well he played he preferred to let others make the final judgment.

"I just worked really hard as I can because I was really disappointed in my winter and in the last 12 months," he said. "It is difficult for me to say how well I'm batting, I feel good and to contribute to this, there's no greater feeling. To do what we have done here in the past two weeks - priceless."

Michael Clarke, who was helpless to stop the 111-run stand between Pietersen and Craig Kieswetter which assured England's victory, was gracious enough to say that the sport is better for an in-form Pietersen.

"He's a matchwinner," he said. "He's one of those guys who can take the game away from you on his own. The performances in this tournament have been excellent and it's great for the game that he's back in form. He's in a good place off the field as well and is obviously a very happy man at the moment."

Andrew McGlashan is assistant editor of Cricinfo

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  • bilsim on May 20, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    periperi0000, what a ridiculous comment. Pietersen missed one game to return home, so whilst it's guess work, he could and probably would have scored another 50 odd in that game. His performances throughout the tournament were superb and for that, along with his attitude and dedication, he's not only the player of the tournament, but he's a fantastic role model.

  • reddy_rulz on May 19, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    u r the exceptional cricketer make me see feel & taste the modren cricket every time since 5-6 years...what a stylish man u r !what a hardest character u have !u r a real profetional cricketer & also real entertainer & real match winner.u r exceptional flickers & ur shots all over the ground are amazing..u r the real gladiator ..i beleive u will continue ur form and make us happy ...

  • admshafi on May 19, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    I havn't any question about the ability and spirit of cricket of indians but extreme bussiness attitude by using cricket hurts me pathetically,so....u understand, i am happy if srilanka,pakistan or banladesh will win world cup but not india!

  • Kulaputra on May 19, 2010, 0:47 GMT

    To Mr. ADMSHAFI, When you talk about cricket being safe with any country other than India, just think once again. Did the white countries nominate Bangaldesh or was it India Pakistan and Sri Lanka who pulled the trigger. This is racism of the extreme sort and best avoided by anyone I have no problems if Bangladesh wins the next world but on current form, they will not. I will rejoice if any Asian country wins like we celebrated Pakistan's T20 win the last time around Dil badana Shafi Sab. Blood is always thicker than water!

  • KEVIN_DRAVID on May 18, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    Congratulations K P for world cup win and for the baby Boy. Truly KP is the instrumental in Englands success at the world T 20. Some of the shots he played against south africa were awesome. Against one of best bowling line ups in the world (south africa ) he played innings of the tournament (At least for England ). After the matches against pakistan and south africa England looked really good to win the world cup, in which K P won the MOM awards. He is no longer a Bunny against Left arm spin. On avg K P has won more matches for England than any body else. He is a perfect team man who enjoys a lot for others success as well. He may be a pre dominantly a leg side player but now a days he is playing all around ground very well. He is completely out of form against South africa but that tends to happen after a long break from game . But now K P is at his distruative Best . He is truly a legend of modern era. He is the right choice for Player Of The Tournament award. K P ROCKS.

  • Shaqiq1 on May 18, 2010, 21:18 GMT

    This is in response to a couple of comments by some members as to why Jayawardena wasn't awarded the "man of the series" award. Me being Sri Lankan would have loved to see a fellow Sri Lankan receive such an award but yet, look in terms of match winning performances. It is true Jayawardena did score the most no. of runs but his consistency took a turn when his batting was of utmost importance for Sri Lanka's success. Whereas, KP had been consistent right throughout the tournament and has been the key to England's success. I'm sure the selectors would have opted for KP for the award looking in this perspective which is undoubtedly the right way to select the "man of the series".

  • Shaqiq1 on May 18, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    Kevin Peterson is one remarkable player in today's format of the game. He clearly proved the critics wrong, by winning the "man of the series" award. I think the media should start respecting international player's privacy as that can be the one sole reason as to why KP was going through some "hard times" in life. He clearly depicted his strong will power and enthusiasm for the game by emerging successful in this tournament.

  • rohan024 on May 18, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    i have been watching cricket for more than 2 decades now and to me KP's attitude, his body language, the way he looks at the opposition team, the whole demeanor of KP resembles a lot to Viv Richards'. KP is THE biggest match winner in the world at the moment. The way he pulled Shaun Tait first delivery speaks a lot about his frame of mind. good luck KP.

  • funsuk on May 18, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    Definitely KP is on his best. He has proved once again after long poor form period that he is still match winning player. The shots he played were amazing same as he entered in to International cricket.

  • sachinvv on May 18, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    three cheers to KP :) he's near his best now :)

  • bilsim on May 20, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    periperi0000, what a ridiculous comment. Pietersen missed one game to return home, so whilst it's guess work, he could and probably would have scored another 50 odd in that game. His performances throughout the tournament were superb and for that, along with his attitude and dedication, he's not only the player of the tournament, but he's a fantastic role model.

  • reddy_rulz on May 19, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    u r the exceptional cricketer make me see feel & taste the modren cricket every time since 5-6 years...what a stylish man u r !what a hardest character u have !u r a real profetional cricketer & also real entertainer & real match winner.u r exceptional flickers & ur shots all over the ground are amazing..u r the real gladiator ..i beleive u will continue ur form and make us happy ...

  • admshafi on May 19, 2010, 5:55 GMT

    I havn't any question about the ability and spirit of cricket of indians but extreme bussiness attitude by using cricket hurts me pathetically,so....u understand, i am happy if srilanka,pakistan or banladesh will win world cup but not india!

  • Kulaputra on May 19, 2010, 0:47 GMT

    To Mr. ADMSHAFI, When you talk about cricket being safe with any country other than India, just think once again. Did the white countries nominate Bangaldesh or was it India Pakistan and Sri Lanka who pulled the trigger. This is racism of the extreme sort and best avoided by anyone I have no problems if Bangladesh wins the next world but on current form, they will not. I will rejoice if any Asian country wins like we celebrated Pakistan's T20 win the last time around Dil badana Shafi Sab. Blood is always thicker than water!

  • KEVIN_DRAVID on May 18, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    Congratulations K P for world cup win and for the baby Boy. Truly KP is the instrumental in Englands success at the world T 20. Some of the shots he played against south africa were awesome. Against one of best bowling line ups in the world (south africa ) he played innings of the tournament (At least for England ). After the matches against pakistan and south africa England looked really good to win the world cup, in which K P won the MOM awards. He is no longer a Bunny against Left arm spin. On avg K P has won more matches for England than any body else. He is a perfect team man who enjoys a lot for others success as well. He may be a pre dominantly a leg side player but now a days he is playing all around ground very well. He is completely out of form against South africa but that tends to happen after a long break from game . But now K P is at his distruative Best . He is truly a legend of modern era. He is the right choice for Player Of The Tournament award. K P ROCKS.

  • Shaqiq1 on May 18, 2010, 21:18 GMT

    This is in response to a couple of comments by some members as to why Jayawardena wasn't awarded the "man of the series" award. Me being Sri Lankan would have loved to see a fellow Sri Lankan receive such an award but yet, look in terms of match winning performances. It is true Jayawardena did score the most no. of runs but his consistency took a turn when his batting was of utmost importance for Sri Lanka's success. Whereas, KP had been consistent right throughout the tournament and has been the key to England's success. I'm sure the selectors would have opted for KP for the award looking in this perspective which is undoubtedly the right way to select the "man of the series".

  • Shaqiq1 on May 18, 2010, 21:11 GMT

    Kevin Peterson is one remarkable player in today's format of the game. He clearly proved the critics wrong, by winning the "man of the series" award. I think the media should start respecting international player's privacy as that can be the one sole reason as to why KP was going through some "hard times" in life. He clearly depicted his strong will power and enthusiasm for the game by emerging successful in this tournament.

  • rohan024 on May 18, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    i have been watching cricket for more than 2 decades now and to me KP's attitude, his body language, the way he looks at the opposition team, the whole demeanor of KP resembles a lot to Viv Richards'. KP is THE biggest match winner in the world at the moment. The way he pulled Shaun Tait first delivery speaks a lot about his frame of mind. good luck KP.

  • funsuk on May 18, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    Definitely KP is on his best. He has proved once again after long poor form period that he is still match winning player. The shots he played were amazing same as he entered in to International cricket.

  • sachinvv on May 18, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    three cheers to KP :) he's near his best now :)

  • periperi0000 on May 18, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    This usual stuff. They did not give most runs scored Jayawardena the trophy but to some body who did not make most runs why he could not get more than Jaywardena he should have taken more runs then only he is eligible. This shows whoever toiling does not get the correct decisions but only shows politics

  • admshafi on May 18, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    Barath: i didn't any comment about the cricket ability of indians,it was just about out of cricket that harms cricket as a sport. And about bangladesh, you can see back india and england home test series recently, and bd vs zim, undoubtedly bd ahed by miles than zim,you can see back recent series bd won 10 out of 16.

  • bharath74 on May 18, 2010, 0:22 GMT

    admshafi : I think u shoul worry about bangladesh not winning inspite of being in the international cricket for more than a decade. Zimbabwe should be given the test status by removing Bangladesh from test format. Zim are really playing well despite the uncertain conditions in their country. I dont mean to offend BD ppl , but its their repeated inconsistent performance for years. I hope they win more than one good match a year .

  • soccerskater29 on May 17, 2010, 22:05 GMT

    K.P. DID REALLY GOOD TRUE JAYAWREDENE SCIRED MORE RUNS BUT IT WAS AGAINST THE WEAK TEAMS INDIA WILL NEVER WIN

  • robinn3 on May 17, 2010, 21:33 GMT

    its the same old story...people are jealous of india...the amount of money it has bought in the game is phenominal..and if foreign players dont want to play ,dont want the money just go away, y did the KP's the POntings even came to india...for money thats it...india no.-1 in test n 2nd in odi,, just because of the talent and hardwork this guys have put in..i personally dont like IPL too much , but INDIA as a team will bounce back in T20"s , otherwise as it is numero uno...

  • SnowSnake on May 17, 2010, 18:04 GMT

    @admshafi: you don't have to worry about India winning anything. Indians are not thinking beyound ipl. i think their laziness and partying will see them at the bottom of the ICC table in all formats of cricket.

  • emperor-de-cricketo on May 17, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    K.P. is an inspirational player to be watched out by young players......the ability to handle the pressure on big occasions is his best....yes its sure his best is still to come. and moreover he will be a man to watch out against the aussies in the ashes later this year...great applauds to K.P. for his reward........

  • admshafi on May 17, 2010, 16:26 GMT

    I am a bangladeshi, i am very happy because england won the trophy,its not india. Cricket is MUCH safe in the hand of australia or england than india AS A SPORT, unfortunately india became a destroyer of cricket,they use cricket as a medium of money and polytics, i don't mean general people of india. I ALSO HOPE NEXT WORLD WILL BE WON BY A COUNTRY OTHER THAN INDIA.

  • 9ST9 on May 17, 2010, 15:59 GMT

    At the end of the day you just feel happy for england finally winning a piece of silver ware. And deservedly the inventors of the T20 format deserve a win don't they? Hope this creates renewed passion for the game in it's birthplace and hope the Domesitc season in the UK thrives, bringing with it much needed revenue for the dear old counties.

  • asiba on May 17, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    big -up and buff respect to England . I was there and I enjoyed the match. I wore my ENGLAND SHIRT. The result was the one I desired even though I am West Indian.. The football world-cup is next-go England go !

  • SAUMYAALOYSIUS on May 17, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    yep Kevi Pietersen deserves it since he has been outstanding throughout the tournament. He did it exceptionally well against Australians, the rulers of world cricket. Well done KP.

  • Trickstar on May 17, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    @ Hamulus When it came to the big games Jayawardene failed when it mattered that's why his runs early on are not deserving,he got all his run in 3 games 1 of which was Zimbabwe and NZ and WI and didn't show up when it mattered in the games against India,Australia and England.Whereas KP got all his runs when they mattered in the matches that mattered.

  • Indus11 on May 17, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    The best is yet to come ! - As this is the first big win for an English sporting team - they will be honoured in HM New Years or HM birthday next or this year ! Arise Sir Collingwood - you have deserved it.

  • neiljadman on May 17, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    True Jaywardene score more runs total then KP plundering the second rate bowling attacks....but he did it ONLY against the weaker attacks. In three innings against Australia, India and England he averaged a mighty 7 - hardly the stuff of a man of the series...

    Sounds like there's a few miffed Aussies out there too - suck it up!

  • Trickstar on May 17, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    @ jonesy2 If you think the likes of hussey, watson, warner, tait, nannes were ahead of KP you must be the most one eyed Aussie fan in the world.The fact that KP put all his match winning performances in the super eights,semis and final reinforced the fact that he deserved the MOTS,the only players who came close were Hussey and Tait but where were they in the final when it counted.KP hit 73* (52), 53 (33), 42* (26), 47 (31) in consecutive games and all the big games that mattered when his team needed him the most.Whether it's 20/20.ODI or Test KP is one of the worlds best in each format,not many players can say that.

  • nhtsng on May 17, 2010, 14:25 GMT

    wel done KP....u deserve to be awarded wid player of d tourney award....u played nd scored runs when it matterd most..aftr facing so many chalenges in last couple of yrs, KP is a new hero all over d world..i think he will go on to become one of d greatest batsman ever..hope to see u smashing all over d park at ashes nd nxt yr world cup

  • Gazzypops on May 17, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    Will people quit the everyone-in-the-England-team-is-South-African whining. It's old hat and completely misses a number of points, notably what KP says here: "If it wasn't for the help of all the [England] dressing room, I probably wouldn't have been here - batting the way I did." He is where he is because of the English set-up. This is a triumph for England, not for South Africa.

  • CricketPissek on May 17, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    he deserves it. i loved nannes' bowling so that would've been fair too. but as far as Mahela's concerned, he failed when it came to the last 2 super 8 games and the semis. harsh, but fair that he didn't get it. The fact that KP had to deal with Jetlag to score against the Lankans in the semis showed his absolute focus and class. You may want to hate him, but you HAVE to admire him. Well played England.

  • vinaykn on May 17, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    KP cannot be a great batsman, because he did not born in money-rich,media-rich cricketing nation. What are the things he is having in the first 5 years of international crickcet. Just 5000 runs at 50 in test matches, 16 centuries, 3000+in ODS with 7 centuries one world cup win, player of the series in that tournament, inventor of switch shot, instrumental in historical Ashes win etc.

    Nothing much to compare. Great means, within 5 years means, only should have 2000+ runs,with some 7 centuries,less than 3000 at 35 runs by playing less than KP played,should not have any world cup win, and must not have any major achievement for his team etc.

    Now cricket means money, if you have money you are great. You will hyped like anything.

  • ganeshraam on May 17, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    Its always been a pleasure to see Australia loose against England, India and Pakistan... Because these teams raise their bar to several notches when it comes to playing Australia... In a way, Australia adds more excitement to this world cricket! What a remarkable run they had... 1987 - Defeated England, 1999 - Defeated Pakistan, 2003 - Defeated India, 2007 - Defeated Sri Lanka

    I hope, at least there is a change of guard at the World Cup 2011 from the usual boring one sided matches that Aussies play...

  • ajiaa on May 17, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    KP IS AN AWSOME PLAYER, HE HITS ANY BALL AND HE IS VERY VERY COMFORTABLE ALWAYS MOVING HERE AND THERE WHILE PLAYING SUPER FAST DELIVERIES. HE IS AN EXCITING PLAYER TO WATCH

  • deepakgopinath on May 17, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    Mahela and KP seem to be dominating the forum here...but I dont understand how anyone can forget Eoin Morgan...the dude (along with a somewhat scratchy Luke Wright) bailed them out more than once...without KP...and I also believe he could have finished this particular game without KP as well. I think more credit is due to Morgan than is being given to him...

  • insightfulcricketer on May 17, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    I think why players like Pietersen, Sachin ,Shewag and Ponting are considered great is the effect they have on the opposition. Two emphatic pulls from Pietersen early on in his innings in the Final and the Australian bowlers were cowed to an exent that not one bouncer was bowled after that .Even to the Eng wk who was struggling with bouncers till then! Same like Sachin when on raging turners his inside out shots make the best of spinners go defensive and that changes the outlook for other bastmen too. That is the same effect Pietersen can cause and that in my opinion makes him so special . England need to keep him in a good space because he is a true game changer. He very well has to be the man who carries Ashes from Aussie shores home on his broad shoulders( or is it bat in cricket speak? :))

  • I_want_real_Cricket on May 17, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    I don't care if KP gets best Player's award or not - but I do mind if someone says KP is NOT an exceptionally good batsman. As Clark said an inform KP is good for sports. now he has worked on his weakness against left arm spin, it won't be long before he plays innings that put him in the ranks of the greats -Insha allah

  • popcorn on May 17, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    Dirk Nannes deserved the Man of the Series award.Or Mahela Jayawardene. Or Mike Hussey.Or Cameron White.Certainly not Kevin Pietersen. One more pointer to the partisan jury and the post-colonial effect of Barbados. Also,the Post match presentation should have been done by Ian Bishop,not Nasser Hussain,whose Indo-British leanings spilled on to his gushing.Sic.

  • mallik7 on May 17, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    congrats KP!!!!!!!! u deserved for MAN OF THE SERIES award..... ALL THE BEST FOR ASHES....

  • jonesy2 on May 17, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    what a complete joke to give him the player of the series award. hussey, watson, warner, tait, nannes all were ahead of him. what a joke

  • SettingSun on May 17, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    Seems to me people think Jayawardene should have got it just for top scoring in the tournament. KP's runs seemed to matter far more. Personally I would have given it to Nannes though.

  • dangerousdan on May 17, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    Huh? Its odd to give it him... I would have given it to Hussey...

  • emmwill on May 17, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    KP is not the batsman that many claim he is. It is a bit premature to apply the title "great" to him. I am not so sure he will end up being "great" anyway. Sure, he performed consistently here, but his recent record just before the T20 world cup was nothing to shout home about. He is still somewhat ordinary against top class spin. Whereas congratulations are in order, KP still has a long way to go to prove that he is the kind of batman that some make him out to be.

  • mrgupta on May 17, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    @Hamulus , Hi Mate, i am sorry but even though Jaya seems to have scored more runs i feel Pietersen deserved it just for the way he played in all the important matches for his team. Even though I am an Indian and so neutral here i loved the way KP batted in the tournament. Most innings were flawless, exceptional shot selection and he rarely looked like getting out. l felt though Jaya scored more it was just 2 innings and he failed when it mattered most and also against tough bowling. Why do you think Jayasurya got the award in 1996 WC even though Sachin Tendulkar had scored more than twice the number of runs? For his sheer audacity and the way he destroyed the opposition morale and induced fear, Same way KP did here.....

  • binkaf on May 17, 2010, 5:20 GMT

    The big man did even bigger deeds as KP inspired England to a much much needed global title win. So desereving of Pietersen to acknowledged as Man of the Series though there have been quite a few better batting display in the tournament but nothing matched the class and performance of Kevin. He delivered when it mattered and in style and that's the reason why he is on top and so is England after longing for a global success for so long. I have always beleive in KP being exceptional batsman, a legend for sure in the making and even cricinfo honoured his talent by including him in All time England XI. I hope for longer and influencier innings coming off from his blade in coming days, especially in the Ashes.

  • Dhoni_fan_from_a_dada_era on May 17, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    i think Mahela deserved it more...he has played some of the greatest T20 innings here...which will not ever be repeated...

  • Hamulus on May 17, 2010, 3:48 GMT

    Really? Nobody thinks this is a bogus award? He is a great player, exciting to watch with a real presence at the crease, but player of the series? Jayawardene 302runs Av 60.4 SR 159.78 KP 248runs Av 62.0 SR 137.77 M Hussey 188runs Av 94.0 SR 175.70 If runs scored is more important, Jayawardene is easily better with also a much better strike rate. If average and SR are more important, Hussey should be the clear winner. Match-winning innings? Again, Jayawardene or Hussey should win it. Greatest T20 innings to date? Hussey again. It is not so much of a crime as KP was definitely up there in terms of performance throughout the tournament, but I am just a little jaded that it seems it had to go to an english player and also had to go to a batsman. Swan was very deserving I thought - Nannes not so much since he failed in the final 2 matches. In my book, KP was maybe 3rd best player.

  • ElectronSmoke on May 17, 2010, 2:07 GMT

    Indeed .. Pietersen has been one genuine matchwinner in the ENG team. Goes to show how off-field stability keeps your on-field performance in place as well. He'd never be the crowd's darling.. the flawed hero as Freddy was (as much as he craves it!) - but as Clarke said - he's in a very very good place right now. Pleasing to see grace in defeat from Clarke as well :)

  • ZEUS00 on May 17, 2010, 1:47 GMT

    KP is a transformed human being now, you can tell from the on-field demeanour (minus the occasional petulance, which he should be entitled to!). Gone are the days of round-the-clock cockiness, premature celebrations and compulsive confrontations. Throughout the tournament one saw a calm air of invincibility around him, which when combined with the awesome cricketing talent he's blessed with, could take English cricket to even greater heights.

  • mxnmxn on May 17, 2010, 1:26 GMT

    Congratulations, KP! Well deserved award. Humble to give all credit to his team. Certainly everybody is happy for this happy man.

  • proteasfan99 on May 17, 2010, 0:12 GMT

    I have never been a KP fan untill now...The guy is special and we as S.A miss our own...that just shows that S.A produces great talent but never matures that champion spirit in them..well done KP...time to go home and teach your child how to hit the bowl...start a dynasty of Pietersens for England..

  • FreddyForPrimeMinister on May 17, 2010, 0:11 GMT

    I'm so pleased for KP and finally hope this proves all his critics wrong. As Andrew says in his article, he's both a very misunderstood cricketer and man: he takes risks which is what makes him so exciting and destructive, and so of course these don't always come off; when he charges down the track and hits the ball over the boundary for 6, he's the best batsmen in the world, yet when exactly the same shot two overs later falls two yards closer and is caught on the ropes, he's a mindless and selfish glory hunter!

    Above all, he's never once sounded arrogant to me, only supremely self-confident, something that is essential to succeed in all aspects of life. People have mis-interpreted this early in his career and set the "KP is arrogant" bandwagon rolling but listen to all his interviews (especially today) - he is always first to pay gratitude to his team mates and coaches and most importantly never fails to pay respect to his opponents. Top cricketer Kevin Pietersen - and a top man.

  • Hiteshdevilliers on May 17, 2010, 0:00 GMT

    Kevin Pitersen is my IDOL!!!

  • ZainHaq11 on May 16, 2010, 23:04 GMT

    Pietersen! you thoroughly deserve the Man of the Series Award. Your burst onto the international scene from the dark clouds of South Africa was rewarded today in the most fashionable manner. Hope that more victory comes to you and that you kick AUSTRALIA away in the Ashes later this year.

    Graeme Smith has already the best of you in a while and so has Shane Warne. The world would term you as the most charismatic cricketer playing today.

  • ZainHaq11 on May 16, 2010, 23:03 GMT

    Pietersen! you thoroughly deserve the Man of the Series Award. Your burst onto the international scene from the dark clouds of South Africa was rewarded today in the most fashionable manner. Hope that more victory comes to you and that you kick AUSTRALIA away in the Ashes later this year.

    Graeme Smith has already the best of you in a while and so has Shane Warne. The world would term you as the most charismatic cricketer playing today.

  • CricketRealist77 on May 16, 2010, 22:55 GMT

    Congratulations Pietersen has proved he is a world class player but my only problem is Pietersen, Lumb and Craig Kieswetter are South African Hired Guns-The real victim here is South African Cricket how r they ever going to win if all their talent goes to England?

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  • CricketRealist77 on May 16, 2010, 22:55 GMT

    Congratulations Pietersen has proved he is a world class player but my only problem is Pietersen, Lumb and Craig Kieswetter are South African Hired Guns-The real victim here is South African Cricket how r they ever going to win if all their talent goes to England?

  • ZainHaq11 on May 16, 2010, 23:03 GMT

    Pietersen! you thoroughly deserve the Man of the Series Award. Your burst onto the international scene from the dark clouds of South Africa was rewarded today in the most fashionable manner. Hope that more victory comes to you and that you kick AUSTRALIA away in the Ashes later this year.

    Graeme Smith has already the best of you in a while and so has Shane Warne. The world would term you as the most charismatic cricketer playing today.

  • ZainHaq11 on May 16, 2010, 23:04 GMT

    Pietersen! you thoroughly deserve the Man of the Series Award. Your burst onto the international scene from the dark clouds of South Africa was rewarded today in the most fashionable manner. Hope that more victory comes to you and that you kick AUSTRALIA away in the Ashes later this year.

    Graeme Smith has already the best of you in a while and so has Shane Warne. The world would term you as the most charismatic cricketer playing today.

  • Hiteshdevilliers on May 17, 2010, 0:00 GMT

    Kevin Pitersen is my IDOL!!!

  • FreddyForPrimeMinister on May 17, 2010, 0:11 GMT

    I'm so pleased for KP and finally hope this proves all his critics wrong. As Andrew says in his article, he's both a very misunderstood cricketer and man: he takes risks which is what makes him so exciting and destructive, and so of course these don't always come off; when he charges down the track and hits the ball over the boundary for 6, he's the best batsmen in the world, yet when exactly the same shot two overs later falls two yards closer and is caught on the ropes, he's a mindless and selfish glory hunter!

    Above all, he's never once sounded arrogant to me, only supremely self-confident, something that is essential to succeed in all aspects of life. People have mis-interpreted this early in his career and set the "KP is arrogant" bandwagon rolling but listen to all his interviews (especially today) - he is always first to pay gratitude to his team mates and coaches and most importantly never fails to pay respect to his opponents. Top cricketer Kevin Pietersen - and a top man.

  • proteasfan99 on May 17, 2010, 0:12 GMT

    I have never been a KP fan untill now...The guy is special and we as S.A miss our own...that just shows that S.A produces great talent but never matures that champion spirit in them..well done KP...time to go home and teach your child how to hit the bowl...start a dynasty of Pietersens for England..

  • mxnmxn on May 17, 2010, 1:26 GMT

    Congratulations, KP! Well deserved award. Humble to give all credit to his team. Certainly everybody is happy for this happy man.

  • ZEUS00 on May 17, 2010, 1:47 GMT

    KP is a transformed human being now, you can tell from the on-field demeanour (minus the occasional petulance, which he should be entitled to!). Gone are the days of round-the-clock cockiness, premature celebrations and compulsive confrontations. Throughout the tournament one saw a calm air of invincibility around him, which when combined with the awesome cricketing talent he's blessed with, could take English cricket to even greater heights.

  • ElectronSmoke on May 17, 2010, 2:07 GMT

    Indeed .. Pietersen has been one genuine matchwinner in the ENG team. Goes to show how off-field stability keeps your on-field performance in place as well. He'd never be the crowd's darling.. the flawed hero as Freddy was (as much as he craves it!) - but as Clarke said - he's in a very very good place right now. Pleasing to see grace in defeat from Clarke as well :)

  • Hamulus on May 17, 2010, 3:48 GMT

    Really? Nobody thinks this is a bogus award? He is a great player, exciting to watch with a real presence at the crease, but player of the series? Jayawardene 302runs Av 60.4 SR 159.78 KP 248runs Av 62.0 SR 137.77 M Hussey 188runs Av 94.0 SR 175.70 If runs scored is more important, Jayawardene is easily better with also a much better strike rate. If average and SR are more important, Hussey should be the clear winner. Match-winning innings? Again, Jayawardene or Hussey should win it. Greatest T20 innings to date? Hussey again. It is not so much of a crime as KP was definitely up there in terms of performance throughout the tournament, but I am just a little jaded that it seems it had to go to an english player and also had to go to a batsman. Swan was very deserving I thought - Nannes not so much since he failed in the final 2 matches. In my book, KP was maybe 3rd best player.