The incident of being named as a traitor, by the people of the country he was born in to achieving a standing ovation by the same crowd, purely on basis of his outstanding performance defines Kevin Pietersen’s eventful career as a world class cricket player. “KP” as he is usually called, has so many attributes to his personality and his cricket story is no less than an outline for a blockbuster movie!
Kevin Pietersen is one of the best batsman to play for England
Born in South Africa, the talented player had to move away from his country of birth in order to play better, world class cricket. He found solace in England as his mother was English and hence he could showcase his worth to the English cricket elite during his four years of county cricket after which he was immediately inducted for national team. The reason for taking such drastic step of moving away from his country of origin to England was the racial quota for selection of player in SA which didn’t give KP the chance to play. To this day he loathes this practice and believes that players should be selected solely on basis of merit. His liberal thinking and progressive ideas are also one of the factors that makes KP popular among the present day youth.
Reason why he is the best batsman in England
The reasons which make Kevin one of the best batsman England has ever seen are purely his love and passion for the game. Since beginning he had big things in mind and there is no doubt he achieved those. He has the second highest run total from 25 test matches – only behind the legend Sir Don Bradman, also his 5000 test runs were the fastest-scored in 4 years and 243 days only! This 6ft 5in tall player is one of the only 25 players ever to achieve peak ICC batting rating of 900 and also is the fourth Englishman to make a top score in both innings of a test debut.
KP has accomplished many more such feats but his career was constantly marred with controversial events. England hasn’t produced much top class cricketers in recent past but KP is one of those rare gems which have taken cricket to another level. KP’s fans are loyal to him even when his form is not top class because they know that his performance eventually improves with time. Pietersen along with English player Cook have revived England’s cricket when it was experiencing a downfall. These reasons are enough to prove how much Pietersen is important as a player for England.
Captain of the English Team
He became the captain of the English team, but for a short span of time mainly due to clashes with the coach and poor team performance. Kevin’s autobiography gives a brief note of the ups and downs of his career and other biographies written by journalists are also available. Kevin has played in international and domestic cricket proving his talent for all formats be it T-20, ODI or test cricket. Even though he played for a country he wasn’t born in, never has a finger been pointed to his dedication or his allegiance for the English team.
With the aura of an achiever, a loving husband and a dotting father of two kids, Kevin has carved a niche for himself in the cricket history and is still performing good in domestic leagues. One may forget all the facts and figures or the nasty instances happening in world of cricket but 36 year old player’s sense of style, love for the game of cricket, a large amount of tattoos and finally the bleached hairstyle for 2005 Ashes Series are still fresh in memory and will live on!