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Kevin Pietersen

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Country: England
Date of Birth: June 27, 2021
Place of Birth: Pietermaritzberg, Natal
Batting Style: Right Handed
Bowling Style: Off break
Skill: Batsman
Teams Played: England, ICC World XI, Royal Challengers Bangalore


Batting Performance

MInnNoRunsHS100s50sAvgSR
Tests6912165579227 172048.5162.51
ODI10494153332116 72042.1886.5
T20s2828491179 0537.96141.68
IPL1313332966* 0232.9135.95

Bowling & Fielding Performance

MOversRunsMdnsWktsAvgBestEcon
Tests69145.3584105116.81/04.02
ODI10445.424606412/225.42
T20s2833601361/2712
IPL13231620723.142/317.04

Career Performance

First MatchLast Match
TestsJuly 21, 2021 v Australia at Lord's, LondonDecember 16, 2021 v Australia at W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth
ODIsNovember 28, 2021 v Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club, Harare (Salisbury)July 3, 2021 v Australia at Lord's, London
T20sJune 13, 2021 v Australia at The Rose Bowl, SouthamptonMay 16, 2022 v Australia at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown - Barbados
IPLApril 18, 2022 v Rajasthan Royals at Newlands, Cape TownApril 24, 2022 v Deccan Chargers at Dr DY Patil Stadium, Mumbai

Profile

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.