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Thursday, April 2, 2020

KP: The Autobiography by Kevin Pietersen
My Rating - 4 out of 5 stars
Publisher - Sphere
Genre - Non-Fiction/Sports
Publishing year - 2014
Language - English 
ISBN - 978-0-7515-5757-2
Pages - 324

My Review - 

I've changed. People change. Someday my caps might go back into my travel bag and it will all start again.

Being a huge cricket fan, this book was in my tbr for so long. Now I read it and thinking why I didn't pick it sooner? Kevin Pietersen is one of the best cricket players. He was born and brought up in South Africa and moved to England when he was nineteen years old. If he didn't make that choice, probably he will never become what he is today. 

This book gives a little insight into his personal life because it is full of his professional experiences within the English dressing room and with the professionals of other countries. He talks openly about his intense relationship with coach Andy Flower. His mates made a Twitter account to make fun of him, or to insult him. Whatever he says got twisted by journalists, even when he took the matter to ECB (English Cricket Board), they ignored him and leaked the details to media. 

The pressure is increasing day by day not only on Kevin, but on other players as well, but no one has guts to speak about it. People didn't even want to acknowledge it. KP also shares about his time playing IPL in India. For so long, everyone holds grudge against him for this.

Kevin cleared that he was in IPL for the money because the career of a player is short, and if you got injured, and never got a chance to play, then you need to be prepared financially. But this is not the only reason, for him, IPL was like a teaching school, where he met world-class players and learns from them. But the English team, management, and journalist bad-mouthed his every move. They thought that he doesn't care about his teammates at all. 

This book is loaded with the details of crushing schedules, intense disciplines, getting twisted every word by media, betrayal by his mates, selfish coach and management, harmful banter. KP overcame from each mortification, and tried to improve relations because he wanted to play for England, he wanted to win for England. This book gives an insight into messy English dressing room conversations, and how it influences the capacity to play. 

The book is an eye-opener, from outside it all seems normal, but when you brood over details, you realize how harsh people were with him. At some points, I felt like the novel is saddled with complaints, but on the other hand, I also sensed that he's just attempting to point out what he underwent in all those years. So, if you are into cricket, pick this book. It is recommendable. 

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