The Inevitable Downfall of England’s one of the Greatest Batsman Kevin Pietersen

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3 min readDec 7, 2022

In 1997, he made his Natal first-class debut

Kevin Peter Pietersen, a former England international cricket player and cricket pundit, was born on June 27, 1980. Between 2005 and 2014, he played for England in all three forms as a right-handed batsman and occasionally as an off-spin bowler. He also served for a brief while as captain.

Pietersen was born in South Africa to an English mother and an Afrikaner father. In 1997, he made his Natal first-class debut. After criticizing what he perceived as the racial quota system in South African cricket, he moved to England in 2000.

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Wonderful Test Player

KP, who first gained attention in 2004, made his Test debut against Australia in the 2005 home Ashes series. Pietersen participated in 104 Test matches during the course of a ten-year career, scoring 8181 runs at an average of 47.28.

Domestic League Participations

He also played for the Hollywood bets Dolphins in the CSA T20 Challenge, the Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League, and the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League up until the end of BBL 07. For the 2016 Indian Premier League season, he was also acquired by the Rising Pune Supergiants.

What Happened, when everything was going fine

So why did everything go wrong? According to the Express newspaper, a significant issue arose in 2012 when it was discovered that Pietersen had texted rival South Africa players “derogatory text messages” about the then-captain Andrew Strauss during a Test series in 2012. KP was fired in 2014 after being granted a second opportunity, though. This resulted from his disagreement with Andy Flower, the then-England coach.

Conflict with the England Cricket Board (ECB)

Pietersen is thought to have instructed Flower not to treat the players “like they were kids,” as reported in the Daily Mail, despite the English Cricket Board (ECBrefusal )’s to provide further clarification due to legal concerns.

It was obvious that having Pietersen in the locker room was hurting the squad. Even some of the players claimed that KP’s presence made the environment “toxic.”

Due to this, Pietersen was “not part of our plans,” as England’s director of cricket Andrew Strauss stated in 2015, according to a story in the Telegraph newspaper. A “huge trust issue” between the two was mentioned by Strauss.

Wonderful Career came to an unfortunate end

Kevin Pietersen’s Test career is undoubtedly over, but what is equally obvious is the hurt and pain KP is currently experiencing. The way things have worked out for KP is sad.

He was a fantastic batter who could do almost anything with the bat. Unfortunately, he only made serious mistakes. If Pietersen were still playing, who knows where England would be today? But the fact that he isn’t is a real shame for cricket.

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