Former England captain Kevin Pietersen mentioned “ciao” to skilled cricket on at the present time in 2018.
Pietersen confirmed his retirement in an emotional Instagram put up after deciding not to participate within the Pakistan Super League play-offs.
The 37-year-old batter insisted he was “super proud” of his achievements within the sport and paid tribute to his household for being the “most unreal supporters” throughout a profession that noticed him symbolize England with distinction for 9 years.
It was throughout the 2005 Ashes the place Pietersen rose to prominence after he performed a starring position in a 2-1 win over Australia with a maiden Test century within the remaining fixture of a pulsating collection on the Oval.
Further Ashes wins would observe and success within the shorter format of the sport with the explosive batter named participant of the event in England’s maiden T20 World Cup win in 2010.
Overall, Pietersen scored 23 centuries in 104 Tests whereas he hit an extra 5,616 runs in limited-overs cricket for England in 173 matches, however his worldwide profession ended abruptly and was not with out controversy.
Pietersen was a casualty of the 2013-14 Ashes in Australia the place England have been thrashed 5-0 and 18 months earlier had been concerned in a texting scandal throughout a collection in opposition to South Africa, the nation of his start.
The latter years of the Pietermaritzburg-born maverick’s profession have been spent on the T20 circuit and sometimes producing notable innings for home outfit Surrey.
He struck his highest first-class rating of 355 not out in 2015 however it didn’t persuade former team-mate after which England director of cricket Andrew Strauss to recall Pietersen, who bowed out enjoying for Quetta Gladiators within the PSL.
Pietersen, who had been fairly publicly edging nearer to retirement over earlier months, wrote on Instagram: “Thank you for all the quite lovely msgs! I loved entertaining you all! Ciao, cricket! I love this game!”