Kevin Pietersen will undoubtedly go down as one of England’s most memorable and entertaining players of all-time.
Most fans would probably also agree that only internal politics within the ECB and the dressing room prevented him becoming a true great of the game.
A texting scandal in 2012, where he was accused of sending defamatory remarks about the England management to members of the South Africa squad, signalled the beginning of the end for KP's international career.
His stats remained no less impressive though.
Although considered somewhat of a one-day specialist during the opening and closing stages of his career, the powerful batsman scored over 8,000 runs, with 23 centuries and a very respectable average of 47.29 proves he was more than capable in the longest format of the sport.
Today the 37-year-old appeared to announce his retirement from cricket with a series of cryptic tweets. Having only featured in various T20 competition in recent years, Pietersen claimed that now was the time to move on:
“Just been told that I scored 30000+ runs which included 152 fifty’s & 68 hundreds in my professional career. Time to move on!”
Michael Vaughan, who was England captain when Pietersen made his international bow, was among the first to react to the news and sent out a classy tweet in honour of his old teammate.
“Well done @KP24 on an fantastic career ... Not everyone’s Cup of Tea but you will do for me ... Best Batsman I had the pleasure to play with ... 1st England batsman that put fear into the Aussies .. #WellDone”
His ability and charm will certainly be missed, but we expect KP's opinion will still be heavily desired as a pundit following his popular stint during the Ashes.
That will have to suffice.
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