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Kevin Pietersen Ready for Final Hurrah on Cricket Pitch

Cricketnext Staff |February 20, 2018, 9:56 AM IST
Kevin Pietersen Ready for Final Hurrah on Cricket Pitch

New Delhi: Ever since the England national team decided to look beyond Kevin Pietersen, the maverick has been busy plying his trade in the numerous T20 championships around the world. But the legendary cricketer has announced that the end is round the corner as he gears up for his final stint on the cricket field in the Pakistan Super League.

Taking to Instagram, KP posted a photo wherein he is hugging his son and the post read: “Countless goodbyes to @jessicalibertyx & my kids as a cricket player & this one this evening is the last one I’ll ever have to do.

I’ve hated every goodbye but also known it’s work so just gotten on with it.

The journey has been absolutely amazing & for the next 3/4 weeks I’ll be a current professional & then it’s chapter closed!

Had my time & loved it but the endless goodbyes & travel needs to calm down now.

Cricket has been the best!”

Earlier during the Big Bash League, Pietersen had told cricket.com.au: “I am definitely coming to the end of my playing time. So I am definitely going to enjoy the last few digs. It’s fairly close. It’s the practice that you look at and you just think, ‘do I want to do it?’ I’ve still got the energy at the moment but it’s dwindling.”

When asked directly if this could be the last time he stepped on the cricket field, he said, “Possibly. I’m coming to the end of my career. My career is not going to be defined on how I play in the Big Bash. My career has already been defined by all my ups and downs through a long career.

“It’s my job to come here and help others, help the youngsters, be a good influence, be a positive influence on the team. That’s what I’ve done for three or four years,” he added.

Ever since Pietersen made his first international appearance in the 2005 Ashes series, he became a fan favourite with his aggressive brand of cricket.

However, the same qualities that made him such a hit, also caused him troubles with English cricket authorities. Pietersen had a love-hate relationship with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) throughout his international career.

The relationship ended after the 2013 Ashes campaign, where Pietersen was unceremoniously sacked in an attempt to rebuild the squad after the 5-0 thumping Down Under.

Pietersen ended up playing 104 Tests for England, scoring over 8181 runs with an average close of 47.12. He also played 136 ODIs and 37 T20I for his country

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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