KP can flourish if allowed to be footloose and fancy free

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London, Mar. 7 (ANI): Star England batsman Kevin Pietersen can flourish if allowed to be footloose and fancy free.

In his past eight Tests, Pietersen has scored 379 runs at an average of 28.9.

On Friday, England and Bangladesh lock horns in Chittagong for the first Test in their two-match series.

Pietersen is one England cricketer universally regarded as their best player, which is until recently. There is no doubt in any one's mind that he needs some runs under his belt.

According to The Guardian, 30-year-old Pietersen should be approaching his peak as a Test batsman, and adds that for the moment he is stuck in a trough.

So for him Chittagong, possibly the least glamorous Test venue in the world, presents an unusual challenge.

The notion that Pietersen does not care much, that he is indifferent to another seemingly wanton, infuriating dismissal, is wide of the mark.

Pietersen is very ambitious; he hates failing and trains diligently, far more so than Flintoff ever did. He is desperate to succeed. He does not really laugh off another skied catch in the 90s because such aberrations hurt his record. He just walks off very quickly, somehow giving the impression that he is not really to blame.

Pietersen simply puts his blip down to the injury to his Achilles, which took an age to heal.

Pietersen is an instinctive cricketer, fuelled by adrenaline, who is at his best when there is a whiff of irresponsibility about his play. That is when he frightens opponents (and occasionally his own team).

Technically, he is far from perfect; temperamentally, he is no accumulator. He is not good at churning out runs. His character demands that he plays with a touch of derring-do. He thrives when life is dangerous, when there is tension in the air, as at The Oval in 2005. (ANI)

Story first published: Sunday, March 7, 2010, 13:01 [IST]
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