Kevin Pietersen may have felt rejected when he was all but cast out by England selectors yet the big hitting batsman is likely to be feeling better this week after a huge transfer in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction.
KP will represent the Delhi Daredevils in the 2014 campaign after being bought for £880,000, despite being expected to fetch more at the official auction.
With the season set to begin in March, Pietersen will join up with his team for the full campaign as he no longer has international commitments, which had initially seen the Delhi side release him at the end of last season.
Writing on his official Twitter account following the draft, Pietersen wrote: “So happy to be back with the Delhi family! Lovely start to the day.” Adding in a tweet directly to the Delhi Daredevils: “So good to be back guys…see you soon!”
Pietersen has a credible record in the IPL format having played 21 matches in total, registering 634 runs at an average of 42.26.
The Englishman is just one of the big names expected to move during the auction this week with fellow, former and current internationals, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Jade Dernbach, Craig Kieswetter, Luke Wright, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Rikki Clarke and Simon Jones expected to go under the hammer in Bangalore.
India’s Yuvraj Singh was bought for the highest sum, moving to the Royal Challenger Bangalore for £1.37m.
Australia’s Mitchell Johnson moved for £640,000 to Kings XI Punjab at Wednesday’s auction whilst fellow Australian, David Warner was snapped up by Sunrisers Hyderabad for £540,000. Both players provided big problems for the English national team in the Winter tour down under, with Johnson regularly tearing apart the Three Lions batting order.
Elsewhere, other big names which moved on Wednesday were South Africa’s Jacques Kallis, who was signed for £540,000 by Kolkata Knight Riders; and India’s Virender Sehwag, who moved for £310,000 to Kings XI Punjab.