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Kevin Pietersen

01 January, 1970

He is one of the most explosive batsmen in the modern game. He has dazzled crowds in one-day internationals, with a scorching strike rate of just over 100, and hasn't felt the need to slow down much in Tests either, with a strike rate of just below 70 in

Full name : Kevin Peter Pietersen
Born  : June 27, 1980, Pietermaritzburg, Natal
Current age : 26 years 125 days
Major teams : England, Hampshire, ICC World XI, KwaZulu-Natal, Natal, Nottinghamshire
Nickname : KP, Kelves, Kapes
Batting style : Right-hand bat
Bowling style : Right-arm offbreak
Height : 6.04 ft
Education : Maritzburg College, University of SA

Statsguru Test player, ODI player

 

 Batting and fielding averages
class  mat  inns  no  runs  hs  ave  bf  sr  100  50  4s  6s  ct  st
Tests   18   34   1   1597   158   48.39   2211   72.22   5   6   192   32   11   0
ODIs   41   35   8   1500   116   55.55   1576   95.17   3   10   151   35   20   0
Twenty20 Int.   3   3   0   51   34   17.00   35   145.71   0   0   4   1   4   0
First-class   98   161   13   7584   254*   51.24         26   31         91   0
List A   143   128   24   4715   147   45.33         8   29         62   0
Twenty20   13   13   0   307   67   23.61   208   147.59   0   2         4   0

 Bowling averages
class  mat  balls  runs  wkts  bbi  bbm  ave  econ  sr  4  5  10
Tests   18   84   76   1   1/11   1/30   76.00   5.42   84.00   0   0   0
ODIs   41   84   91   1   1/4   1/4   91.00   6.50   84.00   0   0   0
Twenty20 Int.   3   0   0   0   -   -   -   -   -   0   0   0
First-class   98   4756   2681   56   4/31      47.87   3.38   84.92      0   0
List A   143   1996   1754   35   3/14   3/14   50.11   5.27   57.02   0   0   0
Twenty20   13   108   136   6   2/9   2/9   22.66   7.55   18.00   0   0   0

 Career statistics
 
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Test debut  England v Australia at Lord's - Jul 21-25, 2005 scorecard
Last Test  England v Pakistan at The Oval - Aug 17-20, 2006 scorecard
ODI debut  Zimbabwe v England at Harare - Nov 28, 2004 scorecard
Last ODI  England v West Indies at Ahmedabad - Oct 28, 2006 scorecard
Twenty20 Int. debut  England v Australia at Southampton - Jun 13, 2005 scorecard
Last Twenty20 Int.  England v Pakistan at Bristol - Aug 28, 2006 scorecard
First-class span  1997/98 - 2006
List A span  1998/99 - 2006/07
Twenty20 span  2003 - 2006

 Notes
ICC Emerging Player of the Year 2005
ICC One-Day Player of the Year 2005
Awarded the MBE on 31st December 2005
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2006

 Profile

Expansive with the bat and explosive with the bombast, the South African-born Kevin Pietersen is not one for the quiet life. Pietersen, an enthusiastic, bold-minded and big-hitting No 5, first ruffled feathers by shunning South Africa - he was disenchanted with the quota system - in favour of England; his eligibility coming courtesy of an English mother. He never doubted he would play for England: he has self-confidence in spades but, fortunately, he has sackfuls of talent too. Sure enough, as soon as he qualified in September 2004, he was invited to tour Zimbabwe for that winter's one-dayers, where he averaged 104 in three innings. Success here earned him a late call into England's team against none other than South Africa in early 2005. Undeterred by hostile receptions from the home crowds, he announced his arrival - loudly, of course - with a robust, unbeaten century in the second ODI at Bloemfontein, and in doing so demonstrated his peerless eye for the ball and for making headlines, too. On reaching his ton, he kissed his badge with unreserved fervour and afterwards announced his next ambition: getting a tattoo of three lions and his England number. Playing at Test level was next on the Pietersen to-do list, and, as a man who puts his money, if not always his mind, where his mouth is, it was only a matter of time. Overlooked for two Tests against Bangladesh, he made his debut against Australia at Lord's of all places, and responded with a pair of hard-hitting fifties in a losing cause. Six dropped catches in the series appeared to have dented his brash confidence, but with the series at stake, he once again showed his unswerving eye for the limelight by clubbing a phenomenal 158 on the final day at The Oval, to secure the draw that England needed for a first Ashes triumph in 18 years. First to congratulate him on his feat was Shane Warne, his good friend and captain at Hampshire, whom Pietersen had joined at the start of the season after three eventful and fractious years at Nottinghamshire. Unsurprisingly, that innings proved hard to live up to, but astonishingly Pietersen managed it, clubbing two more big hundreds in his next two Test innings in England, the second of which - against Sri Lanka at Edgbaston - included a remarkable reverse-sweep for six off Muttiah Muralitharan.


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