Tuesday, 16 February 2016

MS Dhoni put his weight behind Kevin Pietersen ahead of IPL 2016


Indian skipper MS Dhoni has backed his Rising Pune Supergiants (RPSG) teammate and mercurial batsman Kevin Pietersen to perform in the upcoming Indian Premier League, calling him a "fantastic player", saying that he does not expect any disciplinary problems from the ex-England captain.

Pietersen was bought by the Pune Supergiants for $514,500 at the recent player auction for the next edition of the tournament set to start in April. Dhoni is confident that the 35-year-old would be a great asset to a team making their debut in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

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Pietersen was suspended from the England team after the Ashes tour disaster in 2014, over several discipline issues. In 2009, Pietersen was forced to resign as captain after a fallout with coach Peter Moores, who was later sacked.

"Again, you know people are often judged by what comes in the media, but when you actually meet them they are totally different. I don't think there will be any issue with discipline," Dhoni said at an IPL promotional event in Delhi.

"As I said, KP is a fantastic player, someone who is very aggressive and at the same time very expressive on the field. It is good to have him in the side," he said.

The 35-year-old cricketer has played IPL earlier and his big-hitting exploits very well known in the tournament. Dhoni said that experience of Pietersen will help the young fellow in the team.

Rising Pune Supergiants Squad

Baba Aparajith, Murugan Ashwin, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ankush Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Scott Boland, Deepak Chahar, MS Dhoni, Ashoke Dinda, Faf du Plessis, Peter Handscomb, Mitchell Marsh, Albie Morkel, Ishwar Pandey, Irfan Pathan, Thisara Perera, Kevin Pietersen, Ajinkya Rahane, Ankit Sharma, Ishant Sharma, Jaskaran Singh, RP Singh, Steven Smith, Saurabh Tiwary, Adam Zampa.

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