Kevin Pietersen MBE made his debut for Natal Cricket Club in 1997 before moving to England to further his chances of playing at International level. His English Mother gave Pietersen eligibility to play for England, and after serving a qualifying period of four years playing at county level, he was called up immediately into the England national side.
Kevin made his England Lions debut in 2004 where he averaged 104 in three innings on tour in Zimbabwe and followed this with three centuries in five innings against South Africa in 2005 for the senior team.
His phenomenal talent and self-belief can never have been more evident than when he hit 158 on the final day of the last test at the Oval cricket ground in the 2005 Ashes, securing England a first Ashes triumph in 18 years.
He has a highest test score of 227, averages over 50 in test matches, and is the fastest ever batsman to reach 5000 test runs. His incredible reverse sweep for six off Muttiah Muralitharan at Edgbaston has developed into his trademark switch hit, another element of his game that keeps him in the highest echelons of world class batsmen.
In 2009 Kevin became one of the world’s most expensive cricketers in the IPL auction, playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore. In 2010 he was named player of the tournament on the way to helping England win the ICC World T20. He was again instrumental in the team effort, hitting 227 In Adelaide in 2010 when England eventually went on to win the Ashes, making him a three time Ashes winner. In 2011 he was auctioned to the Deccan Chargers IPL team where he instantly made a lasting contribution. 2012 saw Kevin sign to the Delhi Daredevils, starring once again with the bat, hitting an unbeaten 103 from 92 balls against his former side the Deccan Chargers.
Whilst playing for England in the 2013 Ashes series, by making a match-saving 113, Kevin became the highest run scorer for England from all forms of the game. England went on to win the series making Kevin a four-time Ashes winner. During the 2013/14 Ashes series in Australia, Kevin won his 100th test cap for England. In 2015, Kevin signed for the Sunrisers Hyderabad before achieving his highest ever score with the bat when he hit a stunning 355 not out for Surrey. He has already had a fantastic start to 2016, having been instrumental for the Melbourne Stars and Quetta Gladiators in the BBL and PSL respectively.
Kevin is extremely articulate with stories detailing his triumph over adversity, his meticulous training and in-depth preparation, culminating in awe-inspiring perspectives. He had a great start to 2016, having been instrumental for the Melbourne Stars and Quetta Gladiators in the BBL and PSL respectively. Pietersen opted out of the IPL in 2017 and has re-signed with Surrey to play in this summer’s T20 Blast.