Glorious Achievement For Kevin Pietersen and His Career Status-
|Full name||Kevin Peter Pietersen|
|Born||27 June 1980 (1980-06-27) |
Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa
|Nickname||KP, Kapes, The Salt Roasted Peanut, Kapers|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Bowling style||Right-arm off break|
|Test debut (cap 626)||21 July 2005 v Australia|
|Last Test||3 December 2010 v Australia|
|ODI debut (cap 185)||28 November 2004 v Zimbabwe|
|Last ODI||5 March 2010 v Bangladesh|
|ODI shirt no.||24|
|Domestic team information|
|2010–present||Surrey (squad no. 24)|
|2005–2010||Hampshire (squad no. 24)|
|2009–present||Royal Challengers Bangalore (squad no. 24)|
|1999–2000; 2010||KwaZulu Natal|
|1998–1999||KwaZulu Natal B|
|5 wickets in innings||–||0||0||0|
|10 wickets in match||–||n/a||0||n/a|
|Source: Cricinfo, 14 July 2010 |
Kevin Peter Pietersen, MBE (born 27 June 1980) is a South African-born English cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and occasional off spin bowler who plays for England, and was the captain of the Indian Premier League team Royal Challengers Bangalore in the second season of the IPL. He was captain of the England Test and One Day International teams from 4 August 2008 to 7 January 2009 but resigned after just three tests and nine One Day Internationals, following a dispute with England coach Peter Moores, who was sacked the same day.
Pietersen became the fastest batsman to reach both 1,000 and 2,000 runs in One Day International cricket,and the quickest in terms of time to 5,000 Test runs. He has the highest average of any England player to have played more than 20 innings of one-day cricket. He has the second-highest run total from his first 25 Tests, behind only the Australian Donald Bradman, and was the fastest player, in terms of days, to reach 4,000 Test runs. He became only the third English batsman to top the ICC One Day International rankings, doing so in March 2007. In July 2008, after a century against South Africa, The Times called him "the most complete batsman in cricket". Shane Warne, a close friend, in a September serial for the same newspaper, wrote, "I don't think he has an obvious flaw in his technique."
Pietersen is currently endorsed by Adidas—one of the newest emerging mega-brands to break into the cricket market with bats, protective gear, and outwear. In an Interview with Australian former wicketkeeper and TV cricket commentator Ian Healy, Pietersen said he chooses his bats based on pick-up, weight, and grain; as well as saying his bats are made in India with a weight of 2 pounds 10 ounces.
Success against South Africa
Pietersen captained England in the fifth ODI against New Zealand after Paul Collingwood was banned for four games for a slow over-rate during the previous match. He didn't have the best games as New Zealand won to wrap up the series 3-1 and he made only 6. England's unofficial vice-captain since Collingwood's appointment in June 2007, Pietersen was named as the stand-in captain for three further matches in August.
With Michael Vaughan as captain for the first three tests, Pietersen seemed to thrive in his first Test series against his former countrymen scoring 152 in the opening match of the series. During the third Test against South Africa, Pietersen was criticized for throwing his wicket away attempting a six to complete a century when on 94. Jonathan Agnew and Alec Stewart called the stroke "irresponsible" and Agnew continued, suggesting that Pietersen therefore ruled himself out of the potential reckoning for the England captaincy with Vaughan's place in the starting line-up in doubt after failing to score runs. In the event, having lost the match, Vaughan resigned and Pietersen was made the permanent captain of both the Test and ODI sides (Paul Collingwood relinquished the ODI captaincy at the same time).
Following the news that he had been made England Test and ODI captain, Pietersen paid tribute to both outgoing captains but announced that he would look to captain the team in his own style. He scored a century in his debut match as captain in the dead rubber fourth Test, and went on to defeat South Africa 4–0 in the ODI matches. In that series he made 90 not out and got 2-22 with the ball. In the fourth ODI, another dead rubber as England were 3–0 up, he hit a quick 40 to guide England to victory.
Indian Premier League-
In February 2009, Royal Challengers Bangalore of the Indian Premier League bought Pietersen for USD 1,550,000. This made him the highest-paid IPL player along with Andrew Flintoff surpassing Mahendra Singh Dhoni's USD 1,500,000. On 22 March, the owner Vijay Mallya announced that Pietersen would succeed Rahul Dravid as the Bangalore captain. Pietersen won two out of his six matches in charge before leaving to fulfil his international commitments with England; Anil Kumble took over the captaincy and led the Bangalore team to the IPL final.
Career in 2010:
Pietersen returned from injury in time to play a part in the 2009-10 winter tour of South Africa. His contributions, nevertheless, have been significantly below his pre-injury range with an average innings of just 27. He has shown several lapses of concentration, leading some to suggest that off-field distractions and lingering issues with his removal from the captaincy are still affecting his form. Former England batsman and commentator Geoffrey Boycott detected a new technical fault of playing across full-length deliveries.
Bangladesh and return to form-
Pietersen went into the two match tour of Bangladesh on the back of poor performances since his return from injury lead to speculation Pietersen's England place was under pressure. However, an important first innings of 99 in the first Test and a series clinching score of 74 not out in the second, during a stand of 167 not out with Alastair Cook, saw Pietersen return to much more respectable figures. England won the series 2-0 and Pietersen finished with total runs of 250 and an average for the series of 83.33.
2010 Indian Premier League-
Pietersen joined up with his Royal Challengers Bangalore team following the conclusion to England's tour of Bangladesh. Pietersen showed further signs of a return to form in the IPL by scoring 236 runs with a high score of 66*, with an average of 59.00, which was the highest in the IPL.
2010 ICC World Twenty20-
Pietersen was selected in England's 15 man squad for the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies. Pietersen's tournament got off to a poor start as he made was dismissed for duck by Rory Kleinveldt in a warm up match. In England's first match against the West Indies, Pietersen started confidently scoring 24 from 20 balls before being dismissed on the pull by Darren Sammy. Against Ireland, he struggled to get going, scoring a slow 9 from 18 balls. In England's super eights match against Pakistan he scored 73* from 52 balls, guiding England to a 6 wicket win. In the following super eights match against South Africa, Pietersen scored an aggressive 53 runs from 33 balls, contributing to a 94 run partnership with Craig Kieswetter and a 39 run victory for England. For his performance, he was named man of the match.
Following the conclusion of this match, Pietersen returned home to England to be present at the birth of his son. Pietersen returned in time for England's semi-final against Sri Lanka, where he scored a vital 42* from 26 balls, guiding England home to a 7 wicket victory and a place in their first ICC tournament final since the 2004 ICC Champions Trophy. In the final against old foes Australia, he scored 47 runs from 31 balls, which included 4 fours and 1 six. Pietersen shared in a vital stand of 111 with Kieswetter, before holing out to David Warner off the bowling of Steve Smith. Pietersen's knock was vital in helping England secure a 7 wicket victory and their first ever major ICC tournament victory. After the match Pietersen was named man of the series for his vital contributions with the bat, which ended with Pietersen being the second highest run scorer with 248 runs at an average of 62.00 and a strike rate of 137.77.
Bangladesh, Australia and Pakistan-
Pietersen played in the Bangladesh home series, however contributed only 18 in the first innings before assisting England in chasing down a modest total with 10*. He made 64 in the second Test, however. After the Test series, attention was drawn to Pietersen's lack of games for Hampshire - having not played a County Championship at the Rose Bowl since 2005. Having made one Twenty20 appearance for them against Surrey after the Bangladesh Test series, it was announced that he would be leaving Hampshire, stating that "Geographically it just doesn't work. I live in Chelsea." On June 22, Pietersen played his 100th ODI against Australia at his home ground, the Rose Bowl.
Pietersen struggled for form in an ODI series against Australia and then a Test series against Pakistan. England beat Australia 3-2, but Pietersen could only manage a top-score of 33. England beat Pakistan 3-1, and although Pietersen top-scored for England with 80 in the second Test, it was the only time he passed 50 and ended the series with a golden duck. His poor form, and an admission by Pietersen before the final Test that he was low on confidence, led to many in the media, including Geoffrey Boycott, to suggest that Pietersen could do with playing County Cricket to regain his form before the 2010–11 Ashes series.
Pietersen was omitted from both of England's limited-overs squads to face Pakistan. However, the ECB brokered a loan move to Surrey for the remainder of the 2010 English cricket season which enables him to play first-class cricket whilst the England side plays Pakistan in the limited overs leg of the tour. Pietersen announced the omission and loan-move to Surrey early through a Twitter message, which contained a swear-word and was quickly removed, and he apologised the following day. The online outburst drew some criticism of him, with national selector Geoff Miller one of those criticising the message. During the lead up to the 2010/11 Ashes Series Pietersen signed up for two first class games in the South African competition with the KwaZulu Natal Dolphins.
The Ashes down under-
Pietersen went into the 2010-11 Ashes series without a century since March 2009, and many felt that England would be unable to retain the Ashes unless he found form. In the first Test at The Gabba, Brisbane, Pietersen hit 43 in the first innings but wasn't required in the second as England posted 517-1 declared before a draw was declared.
In the second Test in Adelaide, where he hit 158 in the previous Ashes tour, Pietersen joined opener Alastair Cook to make an unbeaten century partnership by close of the second day. He then scored his 17th Test century from 158 balls on the morning of the third day, and continued to 213 not out off 296 balls which is his 6th score over 150 and his 2nd double century, becoming only the 8th England batsman to achieve that milestone. He was finally out for a career best score of 227.
Pietersen followed this up by claiming a rare test wicket. The wicket was arguably the most important of his career. In the last over of the 4th day Pietersen dismissed Michael Clarke after the Australian glanced the ball off his bat and onto his thigh before being caught out by Alastair Cook. This ended a stubborn partnership between Clarke and Michael Hussey with England going on to bowl Australia out to win the 2nd test by an innings and 71 runs. Pietersen was named man of the match.
|1||8 September 2005||Australia||The Oval, London||158||Draw|
|2||22 November 2005||Pakistan||Iqbal Stadium, Faisalabad||100||Draw|
|3||11 May 2006||Sri Lanka||Lord's, London||158||Draw|
|4||25 May 2006||Sri Lanka||Edgbaston, Birmingham||142||Won|
|5||4 August 2006||Pakistan||Headingley, Leeds||135||Won|
|6||1 December 2006||Australia||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||158||Lost|
|7||17 May 2007||West Indies||Lord's, London||109||Draw|
|8||25 May 2007||West Indies||Headingley, Leeds||226||Won|
|9||19 July 2007||India||Lord's, London||134||Draw|
|10||9 August 2007||India||The Oval, London||101||Draw|
|11||22 March 2008||New Zealand||McLean Park, Napier||129||Won|
|12||5 June 2008||New Zealand||Trent Bridge, Nottingham||115||Won|
|13||10 July 2008||South Africa||Lord's, London||152||Draw|
|14||8 August 2008||South Africa||The Oval, London||100||Won|
|15||21 December 2008||India||Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali||144||Draw|
|16||10 March 2009||West Indies||Queen's Park Oval, Trinidad||102||Draw|
|17||5 December 2010||Australia||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||227||Won|
One Day International centuries:
|1||2 February 2005||South Africa||Goodyear Park, Bloemfontein||108*|
|2||9 February 2005||South Africa||Buffalo Park, East London, South Africa||100*|
|3||13 February 2005||South Africa||SuperSport Park, Centurion, Gauteng||116|
|4||8 April 2007||Australia||Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua||104|
|5||21 April 2007||West Indies||Kensington Oval, Bridgetown||100|
|6||15 June 2008||New Zealand||Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street||110*|
|7||26 November 2008||India||Barabati Stadium, Cuttack||111*|
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- Kevin Pietersen published his autobiography: Kevin Pietersen: Crossing the Boundary in early 2007. A second biography: Kevin Pietersen: Portrait of a Rebel written by journalist Marcus Stead, was published in the autumn of 2009. This book includes a detailed account of the controversies of Pietersen's reign as England captain.
Pietersen is married to Liberty X singer Jessica Taylor. The couple married on 29 December 2007 at St Andrew's Church in Castle Combe, Wiltshire, with former England team-mate Darren Gough acting as best man. Their first child, Dylan Blake Pietersen, was born on 10 May 2010.
Pietersen then joined Surrey on loan from Hampshire for the remainder of the 2010 English county cricket season. He scored a century in his first Clydesdale Bank 40 appearance against Sussex, with 116 off 105 deliveries. It was his first limited overs century since 2008, and his first century of any kind since March 2009. Following this it was announced Pietersen would rejoin his old team in South Africa, Kwa-Zulu Natal, for a short stint in October 2010.