Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Finally Pietersen gets his due

Well yesterday I had written a post regarding the inclusion of England captain Andrew Strauss and hard hitting but temporarily out of form Kevin Pietersen in favor of them. As mentioned in the post, England's selection committee could not risk the place of the captain by passing over the reins to some inexperienced and unreliable person just because Strauss is not in good form as a batsman. However, that cannot be the case with Kevin Pietersen for, there are better batsmen right now whose form is consistent compared to Kevin Pietersen. However, it would be tough for England to find a batsman of the class of KP.

Reports suggest that this was the first time in his international career that Kevin Pietersen has been dropped from the international side since his entry into the international arena some 5 years back in the series against South Africa. In that particular series though England lost the 7 match one day series to the Proteas by a 5-1 margin, Kevin Pietersen was awarded the man of the series for his three centuries in the 6 games that he featured in. And among the three centuries he scored against the Proteas, the final one came in just 69 balls which earned him the man of the match award despite his team ending on the losing side.

However, the game of cricket is no modeling to go through the Guide to Fashion, Fashion Blog, Discover Fashion,looking for fashion trends or tips but is the game where consistency holds the key. But still, I'd rather go with Kevin Pietersen for, a replacement for the same will hardly do any good for the England team. Had England been able to find more of Andrew Flintoffs and Kevin Pietersens more frequently, then may be by this time England would not have lost atleast two out of the three world cup finals against Pakistan in 1992 and Australia in 1987.

This should not bother England for, even India have dropped Sourav Ganguly and Dravid off late and is still not repenting. However, as it goes in most cases, the replacement for an out of form batsman will always turn out to be greater failure than the dropped player and this time as well, the situation looks no different. Pietersen has been replaced by some Steve Davies who is just 2 ODIs old. Can this man do the job and prove to be the right substitute for England is an awaited question. In case this happens, then Pietersen's return will be delayed until another batsman loses form.

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