KEVIN PIETERSEN RETURNS TO DOLPHINS
Written by: Siphiwe Gabayi
Kevin Pietersen has made a comeback in Ram Slam T20 competition for Sunfoil Dolphins in the 2016/17 seasons.
According to a statement from the franchise, the South African born English batsman signed a five-match deal that will see him represent the Dolphins in the second half of the round robin stage.
The globe-trotting batsman said that he was as excited as anything to have signed with the Dolphins again.
“I had such a wonderful season with them last season and I really enjoyed the team, the camaraderie and the competition so it was a very easy decision to sign again,” said Pietersen.
Dolphins reached the final in the 2015 edition of Ram Slam and Pietersen played a key role, scoring two centuries as he smashed 401 runs at an average of 80.20 and a strike of 172.84 in seven innings.
“It will be great to getting back onto the cricket field again and I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone in Durban again as well,” added Pietersen.
Ntuzuma cricket club coach Zamani Mfusi said, the inclusion of KP will do Dolphins a great deal in the competition.
“Pietersen played well last year and entertained the crowds with his world class inventive shots and helped Dolphins do well,” said Mfusi.
The KZN franchise parted ways some of most experienced campaigners during the off season including the hard hitting David Miller and Proteas opening bowler Kyle Abbott.
“Miller and Abbott were one of the best players Dolphins had to offer which leaves inexperienced academy newcomers to fend off for themselves,” added Mfusi.
African Warriors batsman Wandile Nciweni said that he looks up to Pietersen as he is one of the most decorated batters in the modern game.
“I am expecting fireworks from Pietersen and I hope he can replicate his performance from the previous season,” said Nciweni.
Dolphins also saw former Proteas all-rounder Lance Klusner sacked earlier this year without an explanation given.
Grant Morgan will take over from Klusner in the 2016/17 seasons.
*Caption: Cricket players getting ready before a match