Arguably the best batsman to have ever donned the England jersey, Kevin Pietersen celebrates his 40th birthday on Saturday (June 27, 2020) and wishes are pouring in for him from all around the world. The former right-handed batsman proved his mettle in all forms of the game and guided his side to numerous victories. In fact, Pietersen is known as someone who has changed the perspective of the viewers about cricket as there weren’t many batsmen a decade ago who could counter the swinging red ball and also score quick runs in the end overs. Also, several bowlers still curse him for inventing the switch hit which has changed the dimension of the game. Kevin Pietersen Birthday Special: Top Test Performances By South Africa-Born English Batsman as He Turns 40!
Making his debut in November 2004, Pietersen didn’t take long in cementing his place in the national team. His ability to accumulate quick runs with minimal risk made him the cornerstone of England batting line-ups in all the formats. Speaking of his numbers, Pietersen aggregated 8181, 4440 and 1176 runs from 104 Tests, 136 ODIs and 37 T20Is respectively. Also, he was adjudged the Man of the Tournament during England’s triumph in 2010 T20 World Cup. Meanwhile, let’s look at how Twitterati wished him on his special day.
ICYMI: Kevin Pietersen - The Controversial Genius
— Cricket.com (@weRcricket) June 27, 2020
@KP24 Happy Birthday big man. England’s greatest ever batsman & a man so far ahead of his time it killed his career. Genuine legend. One day I’ll tell my kids about Kevin Pietersen 👏 🙇♂️
— Jordan Davies (@jordandavies09) June 27, 2020
Remember This Effort!!
This was a very brave knock from Kevin Pietersen. The Ashes was on the line, England had to either win or draw the Test, and that's when KP opened his arms and went for the kill. To dominate those bowlers, you must be good, and he was way too good. https://t.co/B3fA0alWdv
— 𝗚𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗮𝗺 𝗦𝗼𝗱𝗵𝗶 (@GautamSodhi1) June 27, 2020
The Switch Hit!!
— World Cricket Live (@world_cric_live) June 27, 2020
Just look at the celebration and listen to the commentary :
YOU RUN OUT OF SUPERLATIVES WHEN YOU WATCH THIS GUY PLAY
— peRFect (@BvvsSrinadh) June 27, 2020
— Itz Ajay Pichhu (@IPichhu) June 27, 2020
Great Since Debut!!
And happy birthday to the great Kevin Pietersen, who on Test debut did this to Glenn McGrath:https://t.co/QTa244vCXu
— Guerilla Cricket (@guerillacricket) June 27, 2020
👕 104 Tests, 136 ODIs, 37 T20Is
🏏 13,797 international runs
🌟 Third-highest run-scorer for 🏴 across formats
🥇 Top run-getter in England's 2005 Ashes win
💥 Master of the 'switch-hit'
Happy birthday to Kevin Pietersen 🎉
— Kunal Khan (@kkunalkhan) June 27, 2020
Pietersen’s record in international cricket is sensational by any standards. However, his career was shortened owing to his fall-out with the England Cricket Board. Nevertheless, he continued to showcase his blitzes in various T20 leagues around the world like Big Bash League (BBL) and Indian Premier League (IPL). He finally announced his retirement in 2017 and since then, he has been an active commentator.
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