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April 2, 2020

My Rating - 4 out of 5 stars
Publisher - Sphere
Genre - Autobiography
Publishing year - 2014
Language - English 
ISBN - 978-0-7515-5757-2
Pages - 324

Book Review - 

I've changed. People change. Someday my caps might go back into my travel bag and it will all start again.

Being a huge cricket fan, this book was in my TBR for so long. Now I read it and thought why I didn't pick it up sooner? 

Kevin Pietersen is one of the best cricket players. He was born and brought up in South Africa and moved to England when he was nineteen years old. If he didn't make that choice, he probably would never become what he is today. 

This book gives a little insight into his personal life because it is full of professional experiences within the English dressing room and other countries' professionals. He speaks openly about his intense relationship with coach Andy Flower

His mates made a Twitter account to make fun of him or to insult him. Whatever he said got twisted by journalists; even when he took the matter to the ECB (English Cricket Board), they ignored him and leaked the inside information to the media persons. 

The pressure is increasing day by day, not only on Kevin but also on other players, but no one has the guts to speak about it. People didn't even want to acknowledge it. KP also shares about his time playing IPL in India. For so long, everyone holds a grudge against him for this.

Kevin cleared that he was in IPL for the money because a player's career is short, and if you got injured and never got a chance to play, you need to be prepared financially. 

But this is not the only reason; for him, IPL was like a teaching school, where he met world-class players and learned from them. But the English team, management, and journalist bad-mouthed his every move. They thought that he didn't care about his teammates at all. 

This book is loaded with the details of crushing schedules, intense disciplines, getting twisted every word by media, betrayal by his mates, selfish coach and management, and harmful banter. 

KP overcame each mortification and tried to improve relations because he wanted to play for England; he wanted to win for England. This book provides insight into messy English dressing room conversations and how they influence play capacity. 

The book is an eye-opener; it all seems normal from the outside, but you realize how harsh people were with him when you brood over details. 

At some points, I felt like the novel is saddled with complaints, but on the other hand, I also sensed that he's just attempting to point out what he underwent in all those years. 

So, if you are into reading sports books especially written by cricketers, pick this one. It is a recommendable read. 

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