Kevin Pietersen has confirmed that he has finally decided to hang up his boots. The former England batsman took the help of social media to announce his retirement after deciding not to travel with Quetta Gladiators to Lahore for their Pakistan Super League (PSL) playoff.
A flamboyant batsman who often made batting look easy with his unorthodox shot selection, Pietersen was part of England’s 2005 Ashes-winning squad.
Part of 2010 World T20 title-winning team, Pietersen’s England career ended in 2014 when England and Wales Cricket Board decided to sack him controversially.
Family, animals, golf...!
H O M E! https://t.co/3h4c3RvTxN— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) March 17, 2018
The 37-year old represented England in 104 Tests and scored 8,181 runs with 23 centuries and 35 half-centuries, after making his debut against Australia at Lord’s in 2005.
The South Africa-born batsmen also represented England in 136 one-day internationals, with almost 4,500 runs with nine centuries and 25 half-centuries.
In IPL, Pietersen played for Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore and delighted fans with his style and flamboyance.
Just been told that I scored 30000+ runs which included 152 fifty’s & 68 hundreds in my professional career.
Time to move on! pic.twitter.com/zMSIa3FK6K— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) March 17, 2018
‘Just been told that I scored 30,000+ runs which included 152 fifty’s & 68 hundred in my professional career. Time to move on.’
‘I wish I could travel but unfortunately family’s very important, family decision, and I hope that you can respect my decision and my family’s decision not to travel.’
We wish Kevin Pietersen all the very best for his innings post-retirement. Adios Kevin!