Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen to retire from all forms of cricket

Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen to retire from all forms of cricket

Pietersen is currently playing in the Big Bash for the Melbourne Stars.

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Kevin Pietersen. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

The England star Kevin Pietersen has had a roller coaster-like career. He is credited with introducing the ‘Flamingo’ shot. The name was given because Pietersen stood tall and hammered the ball through mid-wicket. He is a star player for England but has been ousted from the team of late. He was not in good terms with a few of the players which hurt him the most.

But his ouster from the national team did not kill his desire to play cricket. He always believed that he had a chance of making a comeback to the national squad. He once left the IPL in the middle to practice in England as there was an opening for him. It did not go well and Pietersen has been playing franchise cricket since then and has taken up the job of a commentator too.

The go-to man

Pietersen is currently playing in the Big Bash for the Melbourne Stars. After their loss to Melbourne Renegades, he announced that he would retire later this year after honouring commitments in Pakistan and South Africa. “I’m done and dusted, playing days … I just don’t see myself wanting to play cricket in December,” he was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz.

He has scored over 13,000 runs in international cricket at a good average of 42. Barring his off-field controversies, he kept piling runs throughout his career. The English fans must thank the great player for his services to the team. His team ethics and relation with few players brought about his downfall.

You can love him or hate him, but you cannot ignore him. He has been a great servant to the game and will always be remembered. We have grown up watching him taking charge of the game and pouncing on the bowlers. It is surely the end of an era.

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