I don’t want to jump into an international bubble anymore: Kevin Pietersen
Published - Feb 10, 2017 1:19 am | Updated - Feb 10, 2017 1:19 am
One of England’s most talented and successful batsmen of all time, Kevin Pietersen hasn’t experienced international cricket for over 3 years now. He last was in the English Tst whites in the humiliating 0-5 drubbing in the 2013-14 Ashes when a bullish Mitchell Johnson tormented them. Pietersen, in addition with a sharp dip in form during the periods and the months leading to it, was also involved in a fallout with the ECB officials and teammates who were affected by Pieterson’s presence in the dressing room. Since then, he has been subsequently kept out of the mix, putting up the reasons of his bad behavior and his rift with ECB’s director, Andrew Strauss.
Since then, there has been an optimistic but minute glimmer of hope that he would feature in international cricket again. Pietersen though, while having expressed his frustration at missing out for England together with the admiration or disappointment of England’s performances, hasn’t been able to catch a break to represent his adopted country again.
The South African-born veteran was in news lately for his tweet, ‘#BringBackKP, which stirred talks all over as it seemed like he is initiating his own campaign for a national team comeback, the hopes of which became stronger and more realistic as one of his most outspoken opposers Alastair Cook recently hung his boots as captain. However, the 36-year-old has taken u-turn and claimed he is done with international cricket.
In a chat with SAcricketmag.com recently, the flamboyant batsman dropped a hint, a sure shot rather, of not playing for England anymore. KP was blunt accept his disinterest to play in the blue jersey again when asked about his future plans, “No. Not at all. I’m done. I don’t want to jump into an international bubble anymore.”
He further added, ‘I can pick and choose when I go on holiday. I’m still an icon in the T20 leagues and I want to keep it that way. I just roam around the world and I love batting. I’m still trying to get the best out of myself, and my form shows that I still have the hunger.’Although fan favourite KP hasn’t announced his retirement yet, this blatant and frank interview reveals his immediate future intentions, and may well be an indication that such an announcement is imminent.
Although fan favourite KP hasn’t announced his retirement yet, this blatant and frank interview reveals his immediate future intentions, and may well be an indication that such an announcement is imminent.