Former England captain Kevin Pietersen has said that he will get retired Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh in the IPL commentary panel. Both the cricketers were talking on a an Instagram Live session, where in they talked on various topics.
Kevin Pietersen said Yuvraj had retired recently and he knows how exactly is a modern-day player thinking. In his response, Yuvraj Singh said that he would explore the opportunity someday but for now he was happy spending the time away from cricket.
“Come and join me in the studios, come and join us in the IPL. Come and sit with us, it’s fun. You will be watching the game anyway. You are recently retired, why can’t you come and sit with us and have a laugh. It’s not like playing. I’m going to get you into the commentary box,” Kevin Pietersen told Yuvraj.
“Key to commentary is what you say. Yes it about the articulation about how you say but what you say is also important. Your relevance to the game being recently retired, knowing exactly like Mumbai Indians for instance, you can bring so much experience and knowledge to the viewers. I am 2 years retired now and many of them are retired for 20 years now. Your freshness will let people know what players are exactly thinking these days,” Pietersen added.
Yuvraj Singh on the contrary didn’t look much interested in Pietersen’s proposal. He said coaching is the career he wants to explore. Yuvraj added that he would like to start with mentoring young cricketers.
“I’ll look forward to that. I’ve played for so many years so just want to take a break for a year. Probably do certain tournaments where it makes sense to do it, join with great players like you and Brian Lara and learn about commentating as well. But I am not really sure how I will do as a commentator.”
“Its gonna take some time to get into the mindset of talking about cricket. I understand what you saying but I just thought of taking some time off the game and hopefully become a father. I’m not gonna hurry myself and talk about cricket.”
“I’ll start on that (coaching), because I’m more keen on coaching than commentary. I probably have good insight for limited-overs cricket. I can advice youngsters about the mental approach in different phases of the game. Probably start as a mentor before getting into full-time coaching. I have about 16-17 academies working which I started 10 years ago. I am pretty much set without commentary,” Yuvraj told Pietrsen.
The 40,year-old Pietersen who himself retired in 2018 asked Yuvraj about his famous 6 sixes as well. Pietersen wanted to know what had triggered him. Yuvraj, 38, said he won’t be able to tell everything publicly but Andrew Flintoff had made him very angry.
“I hit Andrew Flintoff for a boundary and he said ‘dash dash shit shots’. I asked him what did u say Freddie and he said ”F*****g shots’. I said the same things back and he said ‘I am gonna cut your throat’. I went up to him and told you know where this bat is gonna go, right? I was so angry and when hit Stuart Broad for 6 sixes, my first look was at Dimitri Mascarenhas and second look at Andrew Flintoff. Mascarenhas had hit me for 5 sixes in a match,” Yuvraj Singh recalled.