South Africa-born cricketer Kevin Pietersen rose as a hero for England after guiding them to a remarkable victory in 2005 Ashes series. He was admired for his charismatic personality as well as his magnificent game. But he had an awful ended of his career after involving in controversies with England and Cricket Board(ECB). He was also not given a farewell match in England soil which the former cricketer regrets.
Pietersen last played for England in the Ashes series 2014 where he averaged only 29 and passed fifty only twice in ten innings. After the series, the reports surfaced that Pietersen disagreed with ECB. Subsequently, the board announced that the cricketer would not be included for the upcoming series.
Kevin Pietersen wanted to play the last match in England:
Recalling the old memory, Kevin Pietersen said that he was upset after not getting a farewell match in England soil even though he had a huge contribution in their cricket history. He wanted to bid adieu at home but his wish could not be fulfilled.
“The one thing is I wish I was able to say goodbye to English cricket with a game in the UK, to finish playing for England,” Pietersen said.
“I played over 100 Test matches and at the time when I was finishing I think I was the leading run-scorer in all forms of cricket so to be cast aside in the way I was cast aside is one thing.”
It would have been so nice to give English cricket a thank you: Kevin Pietersen
“It would have been so nice to give English cricket a thank you and all the fans and spectators a thank you by being able to bat one last time in front of them,” he concluded.
Kevin Pietersen, who has played 104 Tests, 136 ODIs and 37 T20Is, was the leading scorer for his team at several events. He was the vital cog for contributing in three Ashes victory while also helping England to lift the T20 World Cup 2009.