Kevin Pietersen has said “ciao” to cricket. The former England batsman appeared to officially announce his retirement from the game in a series of posts on his social media accounts over 16 March 2018 & 17 March 2018. The South Africa-born Pietersen has been away from the biggest stage since his England exile started in 2014 following the team’s Ashes whitewash Down Under.
A prolific scorer in all forms of the game, Pietersen has 8,181 runs in 104 tests, 4,440 runs in 136 ODIs and 1,176 runs in 37 Twenty20 internationals. Pietersen embarked on a nomadic T20 career after his time with England ended, taking in all corners of the globe, with the last 12 months an extended farewell tour.
In his last playing stint, he featured for the Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League, helping the team qualify from the group stage and move closer to a third straight appearance in the final. With the tournament moving from the UAE to Pakistan, Pietersen looks to have picked up his bat for the final time.
Pietersen, England’s fifth highest test run-scorer, was one of the finest attacking players the country has produced, emptying bars at venues around the world whenever he marched confidently to the crease at the start of an innings. Controversy, however, followed Pietersen throughout his career and England’s decision to send him into exile in 2014 split fans of the national team. Pietersen has been heavily involved in rhino conservation in recent years and it looks like he will be spending more time in that arena in the future.