Kevin Pietersen has conducted his first press conference since the ECB revealed he would no longer play for his country and he admitted he had a good relationship with most of his former team mates.
The 33-year-old was speaking hours after arriving in Delhi, ahead of captaining the Daredevils in the Indian Premier League where he also discussed the pressure fellow batsman Jonathan Trott put himself under in the lead up to his early Ashes exit.
Pietersen is set to lead Delhi in their opening game of the 2014 IPL on April 17th where he will be the only Englishman in the entire tournament but questions were still aimed at the outspoken cricketer in regards to his departure from the international set-up.
Whilst the Surrey man didn’t speak about the termination of his central contract directly he did discuss the situation regarding his ex-teammate Trott who left the Australia tour in November after just one Test.
The Warwickshire top order batsman has already admitted that Pietersen was one of the first people to recognise his issues in the winter.
“I could see it,” Pietersen admitted. “I just went to help him and said to him, ‘You just need to calm down a little bit, you’re putting too much pressure on yourself. Let’s see if there’s anything we can do.’
"Look, I really like Trotty. Contrary to popular belief I actually have a really good relationship with most of the guys in the (England) dressing room.
"So for Trotty, I like to look after him and when I see him struggling – or I see anybody struggling – I’ll go and put an arm around them and see if they’re ok.
“I think the key to being successful is that the management, the captain certainly, understands each player and lets every single individual be themselves. I think it’s really important to do that – not set strict guidelines. It’s about enjoying the environment and getting the best out of each individual.”
With his record breaking international career behind him, he has already signed t20 deals with Surrey, St Lucia Zouks and the Daredevils as well as signing up for a
one-off game at Lord’s and he is excited to move on with the rest of his career.
“This is just a new chapter in my life where I just want to go out there and enjoy doing what I do.
“I love playing cricket. I’ve played 104 Test matches, over 100 ODIs, I’ve played everywhere over 10 years I don’t need to prove anything to anybody anymore.”