Thursday, August 20, 2009
star in Cricket
Full name Kevin Peter Pietersen
Born: 27th June 1980, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Height: 6ft 4in
Weight: 14st 9lbs
Nickname: KP, Kelv, Kapes
Education: Maritzburg College, University of South Africa
Major Teams: Natal, KwaZulu-Natal, Nottinghamshire, Hampshire, England, ICC World XI, Banglore Royal Challengers
Cricketers admired: Shaun Pollock, Errol Stewart
Test debut : 21 July 2005 v Australia
Runs Balls 4s 6s S.R
1st innings: KP Pietersen c Martyn b Warne 57 89 8 2 64.04
2nd innings: KP Pietersen not out 64 79 6 2 81.01
Australia won by 239 runs
England win Series 2-1. Bag Ashes after 16 Yrs With help of Kelves(473) & Fred(402 runs)
Pietersen is widely portrayed in the media as having a self-assured personality, described by Geoffrey Boycott as being "cocky and confident". Former England test captain Michael Vaughan counters this, saying, "KP is not a confident person. He obviously has great belief in his ability but that's not quite the same thing... And I know KP wants to be loved. I try to text him and talk to him as often as I can because I know he is insecure."Pietersen is married to Liberty X singer Jessica Taylor The couple married on 29 December 2007 at the Manor House Hotel in Wiltshire, with former England team-mate Darren Gough acting as best man.
Pietersen claimed he was dropped from the Natal first team. Pietersen felt that this was due to the country's racial quota system, in which provincial sides were required to have at least four non-white players
Pietersen's view was that players should be judged on merit, and described it as "heartbreaking" when he was left out of the side, although he later reflected "it turned out it was the best thing that could have happened".
Pietersen has since firmly criticised the quota system which he feels forced him out of the country of his birth. He has also criticised Graeme Smith, who became captain of the South African side in 2003, calling him "an absolute muppet, childish and strange" and that his behaviour "leaves a lot to be desired".Smith opposed this, saying, "I'm patriotic about my country, and that's why I don't like Kevin Pietersen. The only reason that Kevin and I have never had a relationship is because he slated South Africa"
Pietersen Played Under the captaincy of Shane Warne for Hampshire