Kevin Pietersen, problematic player or misunderstood genius: a case study from his perspective

Davies, B. (2018) Kevin Pietersen, problematic player or misunderstood genius: a case study from his perspective. Masters theses, University of Chichester.

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“There is not trust between Kevin Pietersen and the English Cricket Board (ECB)” (Andrew Strauss: ECB director of cricket). Why was this the case and how could one of England’s greatest ever batsman have got into this situation? The purpose of this study was to get a greater understanding into a problematic player (i.e., Kevin Pietersen) from their own perspective of how they tell their own story. This was explored through an in depth analysis of two published autobiographies. The autobiographies provided multiple narratives from Kevin Pietersen’s experiences and a holistic analysis was used whereby the form and content was analysed. The results illustrated three overarching themes: (1) how Pietersen portrayed a victim mentality, (2) how Pietersen represented himself by the use of positive impression management, and (3) Pietersen’s perceived lack of empathy, and they are presented using rich quotations to illustrate these. The study concluded that Pieteresen showed some of the traits usually associated with a problematic player, although he may be an anomaly, or perhaps just a genius.

Publication Type: Theses (Masters)
Additional Information: MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Sport > Area > Exercise Physiology
Student Research > Masters
Depositing User: Ann Jones
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2020 15:35
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2020 15:35

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