Kevin Pietersen’s Stunning Reply As Gautam Gambhir Calls Him “Worse Than Any Leader”


Gautam Gambhir and Kevin Pietersen during IPL 2024© BCCI/Sportzpix

Kevin Pietersen, one of the finest players to play for England, is not someone who gets as many points as former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir. In a scathing analysis of Pietersen's captaincy credentials, Gambhir called him 'worse than any other leader', while also labeling former South African star AB de Villiers the same. As Gambhir's comments took social media by storm, even Pietersen learned of the Kolkata Knight Riders mentor's decision. To the surprise of many, the retired England batsman took the comment playfully.

“When he himself captained [were captains], How was his own performance? I don't think whether it is Kevin Pietersen or AB de Villiers, there has never been any performance from a leadership perspective in their career. Nothing. If you look at his records, I think it is worse than any other leader,” Gambhir had said in a conversation on Sportskeeda.

In response, Pietersen said: “He's not wrong. I was a terrible captain!!! (followed by some laughing emojis).”

Gambhir had also criticized AB de Villiers' IPL career, even though the South African enjoys the status of 'great' due to his stint with Royal Challengers Bangalore.

“I don't think AB de Villiers has captained any game in the IPL or ultimately achieved anything other than his scores. I don't think he achieved anything from a team point of view. Hardik Pandya is still an IPL winner Captain. So, you should only compare oranges with oranges, not apples with oranges,” Gambhir said of De Villiers.

Gambhir himself has done wonders in the IPL as a captain and has led Kolkata Knight Riders to two titles. Returning as a mentor for the IPL 2024 season, Gambhir played a big role in helping KKR become the first franchise to qualify for the playoffs.

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