KP: Portrait of a Rebel — The Biography of Kevin Pietersen by Marcus Stead

By Marcus Stead

Kevin Pietersen is a popular cricketing renegade and one of many maximum – and so much debatable – cricketers of his generation.

Born in South Africa in 1980 to an Afrikaner father and English mom, he made his first class cricket debut on the age of 17. In 1999, whereas twiddling with KwaZulu Natal, he inspired former England captain Nasser Hussain and the subsequent yr signed for Nottinghamshire the place he had a gorgeous debut season.

He moved to Shane Warne's Hampshire in 2004 and went directly to make his foreign debut an identical yr, quickly turning into a cornerstone of the britain part, and taking part in a key function within the exciting victory within the 2005 Ashes. His England profession appeared in jeopardy although after his brief, and intensely arguable, stint as England captain in 2008 led to his sacking. yet Pietersen, by no means one to be stored down for lengthy, cemented his comeback with a sequence of amazing performances that ended in be being named the participant of the match in England's 2010 global Twenty20 win.

Having left Surrey, Pietersen's occupation had one other unusual twist in the summertime of 2012 whilst, amid a gloomy domestic sequence opposed to South Africa, he first retired from one-day internationals and was once then dropped from the part for allegedly texting the competition derogatory reviews approximately his personal team-mates.

Finally again within the England fold, and clean off a match-winning 186 in India, Pietersen appears up to the mark once more. yet, with him, controversy isn't greater than a switch-hit away.

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