Press Esc to close
Thursday 02 October 2014
News updated at 1:46 PM IST
Weather
Max: 29.9°C
Min : 20.7°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

Dhoni is a very clever captain, says Pietersen

New Delhi, May 3, 2013 (PTI):
Kevin Pietersen

Dashing England batsman Kevin Pietersen feels Mahendra Singh Dhoni's "clever" captaincy is the reason behind Chennai Super Kings' success in the ongoing IPL but downplayed the issue of his own absence being the cause of Delhi Daredevils' poor show.

"The reason why CSK are so successful is because MS (Dhoni) is such a clever skipper in Indian conditions," Pietersen replied when asked about his opinion on the secret of CSK's success in the cash-rich league.

"Besides him (Dhoni) making a huge impact with the bat, CSK have also got quality spinners for the tracks on which they are playing. Their overseas recruits including Mike Hussey and even coach Stephen Fleming, have made significant contributions," Pietersen told reporters during a whirlwind visit to the capital, where he was unveiled as the Brand Ambassador of Japanese watch giants Citizen.

"While I am surprised that KKR are doing so badly, I will be a fool to bet against CSK considering that one Qualifier and the final will be played at the Eden Gardens, which is so similar to Chennai. Hyderabad has also been good. Difficult call but I will go with Chennai."


Asked about his knee injury that dented Daredevils' chances, he answered, "It's flattering to hear that but I don't think that's the only reason. We also didn't have Viru (Sehwag) for the initial matches, Morne (Morkel) and Roelof (Van der Merwe) had domestic commitments. Also what happened to Jesse made us slow starters. But the boys are gaining confidence and mathematically, we can still make it."

"Daredevils is very close to my heart as I have so many friends over here. The coaching set-up is great and a fantastic owner. It's not that absence of one person would make a difference." 

Pietersen seemed hopeful of his DD colleagues Umesh Yadav and Irfan Pathan doing well in the upcoming Champions Trophy.

"Whatever I have seen, Umesh has developed a good slower delivery which will be helpful in limited overs cricket. Irfan, being a left-armer is a valuable asset with angles he can produce. It's an absolute necessity in T20s and ODIs.

"In England, the Indian bowlers will have a good time as the ball swings a bit more. The batsmen might have to face a little bit more testing but again if the sun shines brightly, you will have flat tracks and ball might not swing," KP assessed.

About his knee injury, Pietersen, who is now off the braces for the last 10 days is hopeful that he will be fit and ready by the time Ashes starts.

"I have been off braces for last 10 days. The body is healing well. I didn't want to take any risk (Champions Trophy) but I will be up and firing by the time Ashes starts. Whenever the England and the Australian players put their respective shirts on, it's different battle which is fascinating to watch."

Asked if Mushtaq Ahmed has passed on some "notes" to David Warner regarding how to tackle spin twins Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann, he laughed and said, "Mushy (Mushtaq's nickname) won't pass on anything to David. I am confident about that as he is on our side."

Quizzed about whether he has set any specific batting target in his Test career, pat came the reply, "I would like to score atleast 10,000 Test runs. I am 2500 runs away (7499 runs in 94 Tests) from it and hopefully I will get there." 

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Nokia India Sales Marketing Director Raghuvesh Swarup launches the new Nokia Lumia ...

Nokia India Sales Marketing Director Raghuvesh Swarup launches the new Nokia Lumia ...

India's Mary Kom is lifted by her coach after she won the gold in women's flyweight boxing ...

India's Mary Kom is lifted by her coach after she won the gold in women's flyweight boxing ...

Bollywood actress Sushmita Sen attends the Durga Puja celebrations in Mumbai ...

Bollywood actress Sushmita Sen attends the Durga Puja celebrations in Mumbai ...

A huge statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Bengaluru a day before its inauguration ...

A huge statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Bengaluru a day before its inauguration ...

Silver medal winner India's Tintu Luka poses at the podium during the medal ceremony ...

Silver medal winner India's Tintu Luka poses at the podium during the medal ceremony ...

Boxer Mary Kom kisses shares a moment with her kid after winning the gold medal ...

Boxer Mary Kom kisses shares a moment with her kid after winning the gold medal ...

Damaged coaches after Krishak Express and Barauni Express collided near Gorakhpur ...

Damaged coaches after Krishak Express and Barauni Express collided near Gorakhpur ...

India's boxer Sarita cries at the podium after refusing to accept the bronze medal ...

India's boxer Sarita cries at the podium after refusing to accept the bronze medal ...

People look at the damaged coaches after Krishak Express and Barauni Express collided ...

People look at the damaged coaches after Krishak Express and Barauni Express collided ...

Indian tennis legend and global ambassador of the sport, Vijay Amritraj addressing during ...

Indian tennis legend and global ambassador of the sport, Vijay Amritraj addressing during ...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523