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Kevin Pietersen once in international cricket was a name that every bowler from every country feared. Pietersen played 104 Tests and 136 ODI’s for England in a career which spanned over nine years. But only a few players have created such an impact on international cricket in this short span like Kevin Pietersen.
Pietersen’s flamboyant batting and his unorthodox way of playing the game earned him praises and criticism from the cricketing fraternity. His unorthodox attitude towards the game could be described as one of the reasons for his down fall from international cricket.
Pietersen last played for England in the Ashes of 2013/14 where despite being England’s top scorer in the five Test matches, he was left out of the squad for the Caribbean tour.
The selection committee described this decision as a ‘Unanimous’ decision. This decision was widely claimed as the end of Pietersen’s career until he himself released a statement “Although I am obviously very sad the incredible journey has come to an end, I’m also hugely proud of what we, as a team, have achieved over the past nine years.
Pietersen still continued to play domestic cricket in England hoping for a recall. He continued to play franchise T20 cricket around the world. He was an integral part of his side in the CPL, IPL, Big Bash League, PSL, Bangladesh premier league, Natwest T20 blast.
Pietersen who was playing Surrey In the ongoing NatWest T20 Blast, bid adieu to his professional career in England on Saturday. He tweeted, “Surrey’s loss last night means the end of a career in England. What an amazing journey! Thank you, Nott’s, Hants, Surrey, ECB & supporters!”
Surrey’s loss last night means the end of career in England. What an amazing journey!
Thank you, Notts, Hants, Surrey, ECB & supporters! ?
— KP (@KP24) August 26, 2017
Surrey lost their quarterfinal match against Warwickshire in a high scoring thriller six wickets on Friday, which ended their run in the tournament. Although Pietersen was injured and not in the playing XI, he was still hoping to make a comeback in the semi-final.
Pietersen last played for Surrey on 21st July against Middlesex where he scored just four runs. Pietersen can still make come back in the international front as he will be eligible to represent South Africa from next year due to him being in the rainbow nation.