Kevin Pietersen is remembered as one of the feisty batsmen to ever play for England but his international career will forever be blighted with the tumultuous relationship with the rest of his teammates. Pietersen was controversially axed from the team in 2012 over a text messaging dispute but former skipper Michael Vaughan has revealed tensions had been brewing a long time before.
Vaughan has claimed that several members of the English dressing room were jealous of Pietersen over his lucrative contract in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Naming the likes of Graeme Swann, Tim Bresnan, James Anderson and Stuart Broad, Vaughan said these individuals were particularly envious of Pietersen’s massive appeal in the IPL.
“I think there was a lot of jealousy. And the players will completely deny it now but I think there was at the time when Kevin was on a massive contract. There were all sorts of whispers and rumors of cliques in the team. Some players were on one side and Kevin was kind of standing on his own on the other side,” Vaughan told a sports channel.