Kevin Pietersen made his England debut back in 2004-05 series (Image courtesy: Getty)
Kevin Pietersen made his England debut back in 2004-05 series (Image courtesy: Getty)

Kevin Pietersen, one of England s finest batsmen, revealed that his career in England is officially over. Pietersen boasts fantastic record in international cricket across formats and was instrumental in England winning their first ever-major International trophy, ICC World T20 2010. KP, as he is fondly called around the world, was in the Surrey squad for the NatWest Blast but could only play 2 games due to an injury. Surrey s loss in the quarter-final to Birmingham Bears on Friday meant the end of the road for Pietersen, who had earlier mentioned that this would be his last season in England.

Born in South Africa, KP chose England over his native country due to the quota system which did not open the national doors for him. He did have his share of controversies in the English camp but he arguable remains England s finest batsman of this century. The 37-year-old stalwart s international career came to an abrupt end after England s disastrous tour Down Under where he surrendered the Ashes 0-5. While many thought KP was simply being made the scapegoat, England cricket banned him for being a disruptive influence . ALSO READ: Kevin Pietersen to play for South Africa?

Since then, he has been playing around world, participating in several T20 leagues, including the BBL, CPL and IPL.

Kevin Pietersen s international career

Format M R Ave HS SR 100s 50s
Tests 104 8,181 47.28 227 61.72 23 35
ODIs 136 4,440 40.73 130 86.58 9 25
T20Is 37 1,176 37.93 79 141.51 0 7

Pietersen still has unrealistic hopes of representing the South African side in the 2019 World Cup in England.

Pietersen made a bold statement recently, where he said, I tried too hard to be English when I played for England. I always got annoyed when people said I was South African. I concerned myself all the time with what can I say, can I talk differently? But you have to accept, you are what you are. When I played for England I played to win and I was proud to wear the Three Lions but am I English? No, I m South African.

After Surrey s defeat, KP tweeted, Surrey’s loss last night means the end of career in England. What an amazing journey! Thank you, Notts, Hants, Surrey, ECB & supporters!

Flamboyant, controversial and unpredictable: KP s journey will carry on and he will be seen in various leagues around the globe and with his ability to pull up surprises, one never knows he might well go on to extend his international career with South Africa. However, that s a distant thought at the moment.