Don’t be a sheep: KP

Be yourself; be different, says Daredevil Pietersen

New Delhi 10 April 2012
Whether it’s with a colour-tinged Mohawk or the innovative ‘palti-hit’, KP has been a trendsetter both on and off the field. The charismatic batsman, who occupies the sporting stratosphere, would choose to be a pilot in a non-cricketing life. We take off on a flight of fancy with one of IPL’s most colourful personalities, Kevin Pietersen.

Excerpts from KP’s brunch-time chat with 

1. Nickname:

2. Idol:
My little boy, Dylan

3. Life’s mantra:
What will be, will be. I try as hard as I can to give myself the best opportunity to be successful 

4. Favourite cuisine:

5. Favourite beverage:
I’m not really a big drinker. I don’t have a favourite drink
6. I can’t do without:

7. Favourite movie:

8. Favourite band:
I listen to all sorts of different music. I don’t have a favourite band

9. Style statement:
Be yourself. Don’t be a sheep; don’t follow [others]. Be yourself; be different 

10. Favourite TV series:

11. Best pal in cricket:
I have lots of very good friends in cricket but I like to keep my best friends away from cricket.

12. Best bowler I’ve faced:
Mohammad Asif 

13. Worst bowler I’ve faced:
I wouldn’t like to say.

14. Favourite shot:
My favourite regulation shot is the drive down the ground because then I know that I am playing well. Then the switch-hit is something that I was lucky enough to bring into the game. It changed the game, which was cool. That’s what I am known for and it’s a pretty good shot. The palti hit!

15. Best bowler in the world:
Saeed Ajmal

16. Best batsman in the world:
Jacques Kallis

17. Favourite stadium in the world: Adelaide Oval

18. Best innings: I have had a few enjoyable ones. I think the toughest one is the 151 in Colombo. It’s been the toughest innings I have ever played because of the pure heat.

19. If I weren’t a cricketer I’d be a: Pilot

20. Bowler I wouldn’t want to face right now: Mohammad Asif
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