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Overwhelmed by ‘unbelievable amount’,KP can’t wait to play IPL

England stars Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff were drowned with an “unbelievable” feeling at becoming joint highest paid players...

Written by Press Trust Of India | London | Published: February 8, 2009 12:28:23 am

England stars Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff were drowned with an “unbelievable” feeling at becoming joint highest paid players in the second edition of the Indian Premier League and said they could not wait to feature in the lucrative Twenty20 extravaganza.

Now in the Caribbean for their Test series against the West Indies,the duo,who were bought for a whopping $1.55 million each,were taken by surprise by the huge “amount of money”.

Even though they will only play for three weeks in the Twenty20 tournament,giving $60,000 of their salary to their counties,they will still trouser around $7,38,748 for the jaunt.

Pietersen,who was bought by Bangalore Royal Challengers,said,“I’m really excited about it. It is an unbelievable amount of money and I can’t wait to get out there.

“It looked like an absolute blast last year and the England lads just want to be involved in what is such an amazing tournament,” the 28-year-old,whose new team mates in Bangalore would include Rahul Dravid,Jacques Kallis and Shivnarine Chanderpaul,was quoted as saying in the English media.

Flintoff,bought by Chennai Super Kings,considers the IPL dollars a massive bonus and said,“It’s worked well,hasn’t it? We would not have had any problem with different prices,but I guess being the same might stop a few of the other lads taking the mick.

“I’m very pleased. I went in at $950,000 so to get that much it’s unbelievable really,it has not quite sunk in,I guess. I regard it as a massive bonus. My team includes guys like my friend Murali,Matthew Hayden and MS Dhoni as captain. So it’s a very exciting team.”

Flintoff’s England colleague Collingwood,who will be joining the Delhi Daredevils for $275,000,was also delighted by his price tag. “I’m absolutely delighted at the price tag on my head. The reserve price was $250,000,so to get a bit more than that is a really nice feeling. To be honest,though,I’m just happy to be there because I think once you get your nose into the tournament,then anything can happen and the cricket will be something special,” he said.

Just wanted it: Duminy

Johannesburg: Overwhelmed by his whopping $950,000 price tag,South African sensation JP Duminy said his lone worry was to get a contract with any of the IPL teams. “It is still difficult to believe. To be honest,my expectations were just to get a contract. Never did I think something like this would happen,” Duminy said. He was also confident of living up to the expectations for his team Mumbai Indians. “The pressure is going to be there but I back myself to perform under pressure. I was under lot of pressure to perform in Australia,especially in the one-day series.”

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