Published: 2nd April, 2014
Kevin Pietersen has restated his commitment to playing for Surrey – labelling new Head Coach Graham Ford “an absolute superstar”.
KP, who has been netting alongside the squad at the Kia Oval for the last two weeks, spoke exclusively to Surrey TV about how it felt for him to pick up a bat again following an almost three month break from cricket.
“It’s special”, he admitted. “It’s the longest break I’ve had from playing cricket since I started playing for England in 2004 so it’s actually been a really refreshing break and something I’ve really enjoyed. Obviously it’s happened for other reasons but for me personally it’s been a fantastic break!”
Pietersen has been working with new Surrey Head Coach Ford since Primary School and clearly relished getting into the Vauxhall End nets this week as started to get his eye in ahead of his upcoming IPL stint with the Delhi Daredevils.
“I couldn’t see the first five balls but after my eyes adjusted and I got back into the swing of things it was good fun!” he continued. “I love hitting with Fordy. He is my mentor and he’s an absolute superstar. He gets me and understands my game so it’s not the worst point to start from!”
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Although his Surrey stint will not start until his return from the Indian Premier League, KP is already buzzing about the prospect of playing T20 Blast cricket in front a Friday night full house at the Kia Oval.
“I’ve always loved playing here and I love playing for Surrey”, he said. “The dressing room is such a good bunch of guys, the management structure and the whole structure of the club really interests me and excites me.
“Coming back here and hitting balls has excited me. I started last week and just coming to the ground and knowing I’m going to be hitting balls again has given me a big buzz.”
As the batsman comes to the end of his International career, he is now relishing a very different challenge at Surrey, working with the Club’s exciting crop of young players to help them make the most of their talents and make a name for themselves at all levels of the game.
“It’s good to be able to come to the end of my International career and then to be able to give and help and try and help other guys who want to start their International careers. It’s an exciting thing for me to grab a hold of”, he started.
“I won’t be forceful in my knowledge or in any help I offer – maybe some of them don’t want to follow my path! In terms of experience of playing cricket and how to go about practicing and training and preparing yourself – the mental preparation that goes into being successful – I think I nailed that pretty well and it’s just a case of handing over that knowledge if somebody wants it.
“I did a Spin Academy session with the guys a couple of months ago. A couple of them found that very useful and if they go onto to do great things then I’ll be absolutely thrilled.”