English batsman Kevin Pietersen, who has been transferred to Delhi Daredevils for the fifth edition of the IPL, on Thursday said he was delighted to make a comeback to the cash-rich tournament and hoped that his new franchisee would regain its lost consistency in the upcoming season.
Pietersen, who last year joined Deccan Chargers after having a two-year stint with the Royal Challengers Bangalore, missed the previous edition of the league due to surgery.
“There is no doubt that the Indian Premier League is an exciting competition and I am delighted to back after having to miss out last season because of a surgery,” Pietersen said in a statement.
“When I look at the squad list, I am sure that Delhi Daredevils will regain the consistency it has shown in the first three editions when it won 24 games,” said the batsman, who became the first player of the franchisee to don the new team uniform at the ICC Global Cricket Academy here.
Meanwhile, mentor of the team and head (cricket), GMR Sports Pvt Ltd, T A Sekar said he was excited about his team’s prospects in the coming season.
“Kevin’s transfer from Hyderabad, the successful bidding for Mahela Jayawardene and young allrounders Andre Russell (West Indies) and Douglas Bracewell (New Zealand) are all steps in the right direction,” he said.