FUNNY CRICKET PICTURES
Michael Vaughan might be an outstanding cricketer. But captaincy of the team has taken its toll out of him. He averages an impressive 50.95 as a non-captain, and only 36.02 as captain of England. Scathing criticism, poor form and a series defeat against South Africa made him to make up his mind to hand over the reins. This opened the door for Kevin Pietersen. Many raised questions about his potential as a captaincy material when he was chosen as England captain. But this daring and destructive batsman as he was known in cricketing World has proven his critics wrong.
On becoming England captain, this is what Pietersen had to say:
“It’s a fantastic opportunity and a great honor for me to accept the England captaincy. I am looking forward to the immense challenges that brings and hopefully to be part of playing some winning cricket for England.”
After losing the first two tests and the series to South Africa, Pietersen began his new innings as England captain with a thumping century in the first innings which enabled a convincing 6 wickets win in the third test match.
Then it was a five matches ODI series against the Proteas. The new England captain brought about a cricketing script in the ODI series which made all cricket lovers in the country to cheer and smile. A dictating 4-0 white wash with thumping wins all around. That again against a side of the likes of South Africa.
It is said that cricket is more a mind game. A new leader brings a new mind set which goes down the line to all the players in his team. This is exactly what Pietersen has done. He promoted Flintoff to number five in the batting order in the fourth ODI at Lords and Flintoff gifted him with a blistering 31 not out followed by his half centuries at Headingley and Oval. To substantiate this, I quote what Andrew Flintoff says “One of the big thing which he has passed on to the side is confidence. He is a confident lad and I think that’s started to rub off on to quite a few of the players. When you see the way he goes about his business, especially towards his own game, no matter how good a player you are you can still watch and learn from that.”
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