Despite Kevin Pietersen still nursing a finger injury, and being unable to captain the Delhi Daredevils in their opening game against Bangalore in Sharjah, he will be eager to prove to the England hierarchy that they were wrong to ditch him when he finally take ps to the field.
Pietersen's sacking by England, after The Ashes tour debacle, shocked the cricketing world and raised many questions as to why England were happy to let their star player go when in so much turmoil.
Pietersen is England's all-time leading run scorer in all forms of cricket.
His availability for Surrey this season, and his commitment to the Indian and Caribbean Premier Leagues, has shown that Pietersen still has a desire to play cricket and play at the highest level he now can.
Despite his insistence that he is not out to prove people wrong I am sure he will have the desire, deep down, to punish those who have affectively ended his international career.
The IPL will be the biggest platform to do this. He is adored in the sub continent for his great batting displays and pure entertainment value and will be treated like a cricketing god by the supporters.
The Daredevils clearly recognised this. They made Pietersen the third most expensive player in this years's IPL when they paid £880,000 to re-sign him. If Pietersen can perform anything like we know he can then England supporters may well question the reasons for his International exclusion.
England themselves are in turmoil after a terrible winter. Currently they have no coach and look to be embarking on a new era with many of the established stars under pressure for their places. They are also lacking a player who can capture the imagination of the public like Pietersen can. They will miss the aura he possesses and his pure box office appeal. It says a lot that Pietersen is the only Englishman to be bought in the IPL this year.
The IPL will certainly benefit from Pietersen's omission from the England set-up. He will be available for all of the tournament once his finger injury heals and will hope to build on his previous impressive stats in the competition. He has scored a total of 634 runs at an average of over 42 and this is despite him missing last year's tournament through injury. He also
scored a century for Delhi in the competition in 2012.
Hopefully KP can light up the IPL because he deserves to play at the highest level and supporters deserve to be exposed to talents such as his. Unfortunately we may never again see him in an England shirt but he still has a lot to offer the game and is clearly keen to continue his career. Good luck to him.
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