Former England skipper, Kevin Pietersen feels that the upcoming IPL campaign will be different from previous editions, considering the new bio-bubble protocols laid down by the authorities to avoid the risk of coronavirus pandemic. Pietersen is a part of the commentary panel for this year’s IPL edition, which is all set to lick off from September 19 with the much-anticipated opening encounter between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings in Abu Dhabi.
Speaking to IANS, Pietersen said, "It's going to be different this year. No fans, nothing. Everybody is in a bubble and the team that copes with its bubble life that's going to win.”
The 40-year-old veteran batsman, who had represented the Delhi-based franchise in the IPL, believes that Shreyas Iyer-led side can clinch its maiden title in UAE. He also spoke about his admiration for the DC squad.
“My heart wants Delhi Capitals to win as I love the team. However, I can't predict right now. It's totally a new and different season for everybody.”
I love what India has given to me – Pietersen
Further, Kevin Pietersen took a trip down memory lane and recalled his journey in the world-best T20 league. Expressing his gratitude for India, he said, “I love IPL. I love what India has given to me. I love everything about the journey that I have had since 2002, the first time I came to India. So lucky that I got to experience Indian culture, friendships.