IPL 2020: Kevin Pietersen says he loves IPL, as India has given him a lot
Cricket veteran Kevin Pietersen expresses his journey in India since 2002. He had also played IPL with a couple of franchises. With Delhi Daredevils (DD) as his first franchise, he still is hopeful that the re-branded Delhi Capitals (DC) will lift the IPL 2020 trophy.
Former England captain, Kevin Pietersen reiterates how this edition of the-IPL could be different owing to the raging pandemic. The former is quite famous in the cricketing fraternity and is currently a part of the commentary panel for IPL 2020, which is set to start on September 19, in the UAE.
"It's going to be different for sure. No fans, nothing. Everybody is in a bubble, and the team that copes with its bubble life the best is the team that's going to win. This is a new territory for everyone," Pietersen told IANS.
Pietersen recalls his IPL days, where he has played with franchises like Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), and later with Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS).
The former, however, is hopeful of Delhi lifting the trophy this time.
"I can't predict anything as of now, but, my heart really wants Delhi Capitals to win, because I love the team. However, I can't predict right now. It's totally a new and different season for everybody. So, I have to closely observe the teams for the first two weeks, and only then will I be able to put my professional brain on," Pietersen said, adding: "I love young players. I love exciting players. I love all sorts of players. I love players who take risks."
Revisiting his cricketing days, he expresses his gratitude to India and says that he has that has cherished everything ever since his first visit in 2002. "I love the IPL. I love what India has given to me. I love everything about the journey that I have had since 2002 -- the first time I came to India. I am so lucky that I got to experience Indian culture, friendships. I have been benefited financially, I have been benefited emotionally in India. I owe a lot to India," he said, while promoting Nationalpromoting the National Geographic's documentary, "Save This Rhino", which he called his "greatest gift to India".