South African-born English cricketer, Kevin Pietersen will join Delhi Daredevils for IPL 5. The amount could not be officially confirmed but According to IPL sources Kevin Pietersen will cost $2 million and he could be available for only about 8 matches of the 16 league Matches. Pietersen said he was looking forward to the experience of playing alongside someone of the calibre of Virender Sehwag. “I’m looking forward to a wonderful time with the Delhi Daredevils. It will be a great experience to play in the same squad as Sehwag.”
According to Delhi Daredevils Sources GMR Sports head and Delhi franchise TA Sekar said ” We are sure that Kevin will help us to be very competitive this season and the Delhi Daredevils fans will enjoy this addition.” Kevin’s addition would strengthen the Delhi Daredevils squad this season. We are pleased to add Kevin to our line-up. He brings rich experience and an explosive quality to our batting and can be a more than a handy off-spinner as well.
Kevin Pietersen was unavailable for the entire IPL season 4, due to injury. Lats Year Deccan Chargers bought Pietersen for $650,000. This year, Mumbai Indians have bought Dinesh Karthik for $2.3 million from Kings XI Punjab. Pietersen will get $650,000 Of the $2 million and a sizeable part of the balance of $1.35 million, with the rest going to Chargers.
Pietersen was the highest-paid player ($1.55 million) along with former England teammate Andrew Flintoff in ILP 3, 2009.