Kevin Pietersen had scores of 3, 0 and 0 in his first few innings in the 2017 PSL before his blitz on Saturday.
News: Kevin Pietersen said he was unperturbed by a string of low scores at the start of the 2017 PSL, but was pleased that when he did strike big – with an unbeaten 42-ball 88 – it came in a winning cause. With his knock, Quetta Gladiators beat Lahore Qalandars by five wickets chasing 201 on Saturday.
Pietersen also said that he found chasing a big target preferable to smaller ones. “When you’re chasing 200, it’s a lot easier than 120 because you can set targets,” Pietersen said. “When you’re chasing 200 you’ve just got to keep going and going and going. I think understanding the game in terms of making sure you still get yourself in [matters] and that gives you a chance to go on.”
Pietersen’s PSL campaign began with 3, 0 and 0 but he wasn’t fussed, coming off a successful Big Bash League season with the Melbourne Stars, finishing eighth on the tournament’s run charts with 268. “I’ve come off a Big Bash where I’ve top-scored, so a couple of low scores don’t bother me,” Pietersen said. “It bothers a lot of other people talking about the game but it doesn’t bother me.
“I do the processes the way that I’ve always done my processes, and I think about the game the way I’ve always done it, and if I’m successful, I’m successful. No one deserves success in life, you have got to work for it. You have got to enjoy it and, in life and in sport, you have more bad days than you have good days, and I’ve just proved that. It doesn’t mean I’m going to get runs for the rest of the tournament but it’s nice that we’ve got a victory.
“First ball anyone can get out actually because you’re in there and it can happen so quickly. I get cross with myself if I get myself in and then I get out because then I don’t think I should get out.”