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KP hopes to play next tie

Kevin Pietersen

Calcutta: Decimated in their most recent IPL match, there is some good news for the beleaguered Delhi DareDevils with their injured captain Kevin Pietersen saying that he expects to be fit for the team’s next game in Dubai.

“I don’t know if they are missing me. This is a long tournament; we’ve played three matches and won one... As for me, I’m going to hopefully be back in the next game,” Pietersen, who had been nursing a finger injury, told the IPL’s official website.

DareDevils will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in their next match on Friday.

“I have trained a couple of days, but it hasn’t been an ideal start going into this tournament. I had good practice for a couple of weeks in London, but then hurt myself and have had three weeks off,” the attacking batsman said.

DareDevils were quite literally thrashed by Chennai Super Kings on Monday, losing by 93 runs in a lopsided game.

Even though he has not been able to play, Pietersen said he has tried to keep the team motivated in the dug-out.

“It’s imperative for me to play a significant role as a senior figure in the dressing room. You need to reach out to the players and help them out. Yes, I have handed the reigns of the team to DK (Dinesh Karthik) but I’ve also got to help him.

Asked if he has been playing a role in the on-field decision-making as well, Pietersen said, “Not really, that’s all DK. We can only talk about what might happen out there and put some ideas forward. When the team crosses the rope, it’s DK who takes it all out there and runs the show as he seems fit for the team.”

Pietersen also spoke about his experience of working under coach Gary Kirsten.

“Gary is people’s person. He’s fantastic to be around. He’s one of those guys with whom you want to hang around; he’s infectious. He’s got such a calming influence, it doesn’t matter whether you win or lose, you get the same positive vibes from him.”