Kevin Pietersen, one of the greatest right-handed batsmen that world cricket has seen, talks about how energetic it’s been for the cricketers to be around the crowd again. The new IPL season brings the cheer back to the stadium, and as Pietersen explains, it certainly has made the players across all the franchises more passionate about the game.
This year BCCI is hosting the IPL, adding two new franchises to the league. As Kevin Pietersen says, it has surely enriched the quality of cricket with a much stiffer competition among the teams. While discussing the current scenario of the league, he talked about MI’s performance as a team and the RR’s wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler’s unmatched touch with the bat.
An IPL Not So Satisfying for MI Fans
The points table looks very different in this year of IPL for the Mumbai Indians fans. The five times IPL Champion still lags behind at the bottom of the table with a single win registered on their name.
As Pietersen was talking about the performance of MI, he questioned the team management’s decision to bank on an unavailable Jofre Archer. According to KP, the MI’s decision to release the relentless left-arm fast Trent Boult has weakened their bowling attack.
Not only the Kiwi pacer, but MI has also released the top order southpaw Quinton de Cock and the hard-hitting Pandya brothers. The team has thoroughly suffered the absence of these match-winners on their side.
Jos Buttler at the Form Of his Life
Jos Buttler, on the top of his game, has been a nightmare for the opponent bowlers. While praising his counterpart from the England team, Pietersen mentioned Joss as the best T20 batter currently in the world.
Also, he was all praise for KL Rahul and David Warner. Pitersen has rated both Buttler and KL highly for their calmness on the field and their strock making abilities.
Three Format Players Need a Break
With covid and bio bubble policy in effect, the last two years have not been easy for the cricketers on and off the field. While big guns such as Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Jhony Bairstow have failed to fire so far at this season of IPL, Pieterson feels their workload needs to be managed.
With a lot of cricket going around both in the international and domestic circuit, KP says the players participating in all three formats of the game can exclusively benefit from a break. In fact, Kapes says that staying out of cricket for some days is something that these batters desperately need to get in their best form before the T20 world cup approaches in October.
GT & LSG Has a Promising Impact on the Tournament
The new entrants Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants, have done pretty well. Hardik Pandya led GT, positioned at the top of the league table, looks very promising and most likely to secure a spot in the semis.
With a bunch of new faces on their teams, both these new franchises have performed really well, while many of the existing teams have struggled to adjust with their new recruitments and the retained players.
Pietersen even mentioned that he wouldn’t be surprised to see one of these two teams lifting the trophy in their debut season itself.