PLAYER PROFILE

Kevin Pietersen, Right Hand Batsman, England


ENGLAND


Name
Kevin Peter Pietersen

Country
England

Date of Birth
June 27, 2021

Place of Birth
Pietermaritzberg, Natal

Batting Style
Right Handed

Bowling Style
Off break

ODI Debut
November 28, 2021 v Zimbabwe

Test Debut
July 21, 2021 v Australia

T20 Debut
June 13, 2021 v Australia

  • TESTs
  • ODIs
  • T20s
Perhaps one of the biggest names in world cricket today, Kevin Pietersen is a South-African born English cricketer. Flamboyant, explosive, enthusiastic and fearless are the best terms suited for the tall England batsman. The stylish right-hander represents a new and aggressive brand of cricket.

He started his career with a bang scoring three tons in just his second ODI series against the Proteas. Predominantly an on-side player, Pietersen likes to attack the opposition bowlers from the first ball. With his sleeves rolled up to his shoulders, 'KP' likes to target the mid-wicket region and play innovative cricket shots. He moved to England from South Africa to play cricket due to the controversial quota-system back home.

He hogged the limelight with his match-saving knock of 158 runs in the final Test of the 2005 Ashes. His ability to produce match-winning knocks when his team is on the back-foot makes him a dangerous customer. Consistency is the name of the game for Kevin as he makes sure he always helps in contributing runs to the England scoreboard. In the past few years, he has become an indispensable part of the English setup with his wholehearted performances with the bat and part-time slower deliveries.

In the Natwest series against New Zealand, Pietersen displayed one of the most talked about shots in recent times. En route to his 110, Pietersen hit two sixes via the 'switch-hit' shot, where he switches his hands at the time of delivery, changes his stance (effectively batting as a left-hander) and heaves the ball over a left-hander's third man. Many have been waiting for him to display this shot but he does so on rare occasions.

Some purists raised a cry about this shot being banned but the ICC declared it legal. After being the vice-captain of the side, KP was named captain when Paul Collingwood was banned for four games owing to slow over-rate. He permanently took over the reins once Collingwood stepped down as captain. However his stint did not last for long as England lost a four-match ODI series against India 4-0 and the Test series 1-0; he managed to draw the second Test after a fighting 144.

He was then involved in an altercation with coach Peter Moores, who was subsequently dropped as coach by the ECB. Pietersen too stepped down from captaincy soon after and Andrew Strauss was named as the skipper of the English team.

He was fetched for a record sum of 1.5 million dollars in the auction for the second season of the Indian Premier League by the Bangalore franchise. He was then named skipper of the Bangalore Royal Challengers but left the tournament mid-way to focus on international commitments. Bangalore won only two matches out of the six in which he was captain. Anil Kumble then took over as skipper and led the side to the final. A long-neglected Achilles' injury then resurfaced but he batted with pain in the World Twenty20 and the first two Ashes Tests before going into surgery.

TESTs BATTING vs ALL TEAMS
M
INN
NO
Runs
HS
100s
50s
Avg
SR
62
111
6
5166
226
16
19
49.2
62.85
TESTs BOWLING vs ALL TEAMS
M
Overs
Runs
Mdns
Wkts
Avg
Best
Econ
62
139.3
566
10
4
141.5
1/0
4.06