Cape Town - Superstar batsman Kevin Pietersen says he was a pretty average cricketer at school.
The former England captain has taken South Africa’s Ram Slam T20 Challenge by storm, helping the Dolphins to the top of the log with four wins from four.
Pietersen has carded scores of 22 (21), 115* (66), 100* (55) and 68 (44) in the colours of his home province, and has soared to the top of the tournament's batting charts in the process.
But he wasn’t always that good and confirmed it on SuperSport’s The Dan Nicholl Show earlier in the week.
“I didn’t play first team cricket until the last term at school. That’s the journey that I’ve been on. I was rubbish, I really developed late,” said Pietersen.
“My theory or sermon to kids is to just enjoy yourself and play. Go out there and have as much fun as you can. And try and be the person you want to be. Just take on and don't see anything as a boundary. If you develop and you become somebody, then it’s fantastic, but if you don’t then you’ll fall into some other walk of life.”
The bad news for the Dolphins is that they only have one match left with Pietersen before he leaves for Dubai and then the Australian Big Bash with the Melbourne Stars.
According to the 35-year-old, though, the foundation is there for the Dolphins to kick on.
"Winning is everything," said Pietersen.
"T20 cricket is all about momentum and, my goodness, we've got some really good momentum."