‘Boots up! Thank you!’- Kevin Pietersen calls it a day on his cricketing career
Star England batsman, Kevin Pietersen calls it quits after playing his last match for Quetta Gladiators, as he will not travel to Pakistan for the knockout games. Meanwhile, Pietersen has had an illustrious career with England as he is their highest scorer in Test cricket.
Previously, Pietersen declared in February that this season’s Pakistan Super League would be his last tournament.
He had a more or less an average tournament showing glimpses of form at times.
Pietersen managed to score one half-century in the past eight innings, albeit an explosive 52 from 34 balls against Karachi Kings.
Although Pietersen showed some form, it is plain the passion has ebbed away from his game. Pietersen leaves the game, as England’s highest run-scorers across all formats combined including 8181 runs in 104 Tests. He was left out of the team surprisingly in the wake of a disastrous 5-0 loss in the Ashes in 2013/14.
Since then, Pietersen had played white-ball cricket across the globe. South Africa-born Pietersen had played for Delhi Daredevils and Rising Pune Supergiant in the IPL, Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash, St Lucia Stars in the Caribbean and Sunfoil Dolphins in South Africa, as well as with Surrey.
Pietersen call time on playing career:
One the most brilliant and divisive cricketers of his generation have called time on his playing career. He updated his fans with a four-word message on Twitter.
Thank you! 😍
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) March 16, 2018
“BOOTS UP! Thank you!” Pietersen remarked on Twitter.
Meanwhile, his passion has now flowed increasingly into rhino conservation, for which he is a spokesman. Pietersen is currently having a house built near Kruger national park in South Africa. He also used two of his final appearances, for Surrey in last season’s NatWest Blast and Melbourne Stars in the BBL, to promote the cause with fund-raising “Rhino Days”.
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