Few cricketers have divided opinion like Kevin Pietersen. Whatever view you held, Pietersen deserved to be recognised as one of the most captivating cricketers to pull on an England shirt. His flamboyant strokeplay was at the heart of many of England’s finest performances for a decade. A brazen belief in his own ability, moments of outrageous unorthodoxy and, at times, a surprising vulnerability on and off the field have all combined to give him great box-office appeal.
His 8,181 Test runs at 47.28 in 104 Tests had few rivals in England’s history and his record in limited-overs cricket was also outstanding. In 2013, he became the highest England run-scorer in all international forms of the game combined. After more than nine years of international representation KP committed himself to play T20s only around the world and continued to be world-class batsman, fan favourite and one of The Melbourne Stars’ all-time highest run scorers in the Australian T20 Big Bash League.
In 2017, when Kevin Pietersen went out to the crease, he played for good. His bat was designed in co-collaboration with Spartan, featuring artistic imagery of one of the world’s most threatened species, the rhino. Spending a significant part of his life in South Africa, KP is extremely aware of the current rhino poaching crisis, and it simply hits too close to home.
|Full Name:||Kevin Peter Pietersen|
|Date of Birth:||27 June 1980, England|
|Height:||6 Feet 4 Inches|
|Major Teams:||England, Deccan Chargers, Delhi Daredevils, Dolphins, Hampshire, ICC World XI, KwaZulu-Natal, Melbourne Stars, Natal, Nottinghamshire, Quetta Gladiators, Rising Pune Supergiants, Royal Challengers Bangalore, St Lucia Zouks, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Surrey|
|Position:||Top order Batsman & Off Spin Bowler|
|Nick Name:||KP, Kelves, Kapes, Kev|
Test Debut: vs Australia at Lord’s, Jul 21-24, 2005
ODI Debut: vs Zimbabwe at Harare, Nov 28, 2004
T20I Debut: vs Australia at Southampton, Jun 13, 2005