Kevin Pietersen (full name Kevin Peter Pietersen) was born on June 27, 1980, in Natal, South Africa. He was deeply associated with cricket from his childhood and his brothers also play cricket at club levels.
He was a member of the cricket team of Natal Schools. In 1998, his family moved to England. He played in the English County for four years in the team of Nottinghamshire. After that, he got his chance to represent England internationally.
In 2004, Kevin Pietersen played his first ODI match against Zimbabwe
. He scored an average of 104 runs in that series.
The next year, in 2005, he played his first Test against Australia
in the prestigious
In 2006, he played in the Test series against Sri Lanka
. In the first Test he scored 158 and then 142 in the second Test. Thus, he crossed the hundred runs mark and scored centuries in three consecutive innings, something which wasn't done after Graham Gooch in England.
In 2007, Kevin Pietersen played in the World Cup and hiked a century against Australia. He became the first English player to score a century against Australia in the World Cup. He also made 226 runs in a Test inning and broke his personal best Test score. He also received an MBE and entered the New Year Honours List.
In August 2008, Kevin Pietersen took over the Test captainship of England from Michael Vaughan. England won the series at 4-0 against South Africa and Kevin got a century in the first innings.
In November 2008, England lost the one day series against India and also lost a Test match but Kevin managed to get his 15th century in Test cricket.
After a conflict with coach Peter Moores, Kevin Pietersen had to resign his post as the English captain in January, 2009. Andrew Strauss took his place. Even, the coach was fired.
Why is he famous?
Kevin Pietersen is famous as a cricketer and ex-captain of the England cricket team. He also played county cricket for Nottingham.
Here is one of his famous quotes:
"Footballers are great actors -- all you have to do is touch them on the ankle and they roll over screaming for a penalty."
- Kevin Pietersen
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