Kevin Pietersen      

Full name Kevin Peter Pietersen

Born June 27, 1980, Pietermaritzburg, Natal

Current age 37 years 360 days

Major teams England, Deccan Chargers, Delhi Daredevils, Dolphins, Hampshire, ICC World XI, KwaZulu-Natal, Melbourne Stars, Natal, Nottinghamshire, Quetta Gladiators, Rising Pune Supergiants, Royal Challengers Bangalore, St Lucia Zouks, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Surrey

Nickname KP, Kelves, Kapes, Kev

Playing role Top-order batsman

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Height 6 ft 4 in

Education Maritzburg College, University of SA

Kevin Peter Pietersen
    March 6, 1998
    A gentle offspinner makes his debut
    Pietersen makes his first-class debut for Natal 'B' against Easterns at Kingsmead aged just 17. Regarded primarily as an offspinner and lower-order batsman at this stage of his career, Pietersen took one wicket in the match and, batting at no.8, made an unbeaten three in his only innings.
    December 1999
    Graeme Swann, 10 years earlier
    Impresses members of the touring England side, including Nasser Hussain, during an England XI warm-up match against KwaZulu-Natal at Kingsmead, clearing the boundary four times on his way to an unbeaten 57-ball 61. He also picks up four top-order wickets with his handy offspin.
    October 2000
    Mother's love
    Signs a three-year contract with Nottinghamshire in the year he turns 20. Pietersen, who has a British passport courtesy of his English mother, tells a South African newspaper "I'm not turning my back on South African cricket", but eventually decides to throw in his lot with Nottinghamshire, saying that the "guarantee of three years of high-quality cricket" with Nottinghamshire was "a career opportunity too good to turn down."
    April 21, 2001
    Start as you mean to go on
    Pietersen cracks his maiden first-class hundred on debut for Nottinghamshire against Loughborough UCCE at Trent Bridge. It is a typically bellicose knock, with Pietersen reaching 122 from 147 balls, with three sixes, before being stumped.
    April to September, 2001
    A star ascends
    Pietersen powers his way to 1275 first-class runs at 57.95 in his first season for Nottinghamshire. The highlight of the season is his unbeaten double-hundred against Derbyshire.
    April to September, 2002
    Second season blues
    Pietersen's second season of English domestic cricket, proves to be less fruitful than the first, but he still manages 737 runs in 10 County Championship games and two hundreds in the Norwich Union League. His unbeaten 254 against Middlesex earns widespread acclaim, and he follows that up with 122 in a Norwich Union League game against Somerset, and a championship hundred against Gloucestershire at Trent Bridge, to storm to three hundreds in as many games.
    February to March 2004
    Man among boys
    Tours India with England A and despite the visitors losing every match Pietersen's reputation towers, as he finishes with three centuries in six innings at 104.60 from the first-class games and 50.66 from the three-match ODI series against India A, including a 122-ball 131 in the second game.
    October 2004
    Heave-ho and time to go
    After another successful county season, and one month from qualifying to play for England, Pietersen's bristling intent on making it at the highest level sees him leave Nottinghamshire to join Shane Warne's Hampshire in Division One.
    November 28, 2004
    Calm before the storm
    Having served his four-year qualification period Pietersen is immediately called up to make his debut against Zimbabwe. He starts quietly with 27 from 57 balls to guide England to the first of four easy victories.
    January to February 2005
    Homecoming king
    Pietersen arrives back to the country of his birth swinging from the hip. He has a pop at the South African system, the South African captain but most memorably, the South African bowlers. Boos turned to gasps, as the home crowd were treated 108*, 75, 100 from 69 balls and 116 as Pietersen ends the seven-match series with 473 runs. Confirms his unwavering 'Englishness' by unreservedly pashing the England crest on his helmet upon reaching his first hundred before emblazoning his shoulder with a giant three-lions tattoo. English cricket finally unearths the gem that Graeme Hick was supposed to have been 13 years before.
    June 19, 2005
    A statement of intent
    With anticipation ahead of the 2005 Ashes building into a crescendo unseen in English cricket for decades, Pietersen took his omission from the Test's against Bangladesh on the chin and announced himself to home crowds with a dazzling 91 from 65 deliveries to power England to victory in the first ODI against Australia of the summer in Bristol. His composure and relish for big-match pressure became a feature of the summer.
    July 21, 2005
    Starting with style
    In a frantic opening Test at Lord's, Pietersen silenced any suspicions that his destructive approach would come unstuck with a pair of fifties as Australia beat England. Fourth England player to top-score in both innings on debut.
    September 12, 2005
    Counter attack
    With England needing a draw to secure the Ashes at The Oval, Pietersen arrives at the crease with England only four wickets down with a slender 115 lead. Dropped twice before he reached double figures and shaken by a vicious bouncer attack from Brett Lee before lunch, Pietersen sauntered in after the break and smashed the bowling all round south London. He hurtled to 158, making the game and the series safe for England and taking the man-of-the-match award.
    October 2005
    One to watch
    After less than a year in international cricket, Pietersen is named ICC One-day player of the year and ICC Emerging player of the year.
    May 2006
    Three in a row
    Scores 158 at Lord's against Sri Lanka in the first Test of the summer and follows it up with 142 in the next Test at Edgbaston, which including his 158 against Australia to close of the 2005 summer makes him the first England player since Graham Gooch to make hundreds in three consecutive innings. Enters the top ten in the world rankings.
    November 2006 to April 2007
    A class apart
    The wheels come off for England as they are demolished 5-0 by the Ricky Ponting's revenge-filled Australians before being dumped out of the World Cup in the Super-eight stage. Pietersen is the only player to impress for England, but the responsibility of shoring up a brittle batting line up blunts his flamboyant strokeplay as he settles for clinical run getting. His 158 in the first innings at Adelaide and 104 against the same side at in the World Cup confirm his status as the England's best player.
    May 2007
    Ruthless run-making
    Welcomes West Indies with a 109 in a run-glut draw in the first Test at Lord's before following it with a double hundred in the second Test at Headingley.
    March 22, 2008
    Back with a bang
    In the crucial deciding Test against New Zealand at Napier, England were staring down the barrel when Pietersen came to the crease at 4 for 2. While he tried to bed himself in England collapsed to 36 for four. However, with a patience rarely apparent in his approach he cajoled to lower order to take England to 253, finishing on 129 from 208 deliveries.
    July 10, 2008
    Crowd favourite
    Having left the country of his birth to play for England, before returning to South Africa to rip their attack apart to announce himself on the world stage, the touring South Africans had a clear target for their big pace line-up to aim at. Yet, in his first Test against them, at Lord's he strokes his way to 152. The extended ovation he received up on reaching the milestone moved him to declare "I've never felt so loved".
    August 4, 2008
    Captain fantastic
    After Michael Vaughan's tearful farewell, Pietersen is appointed England captain. The man to lead in all formats, he settles murmurs that the responsibility may affect his batting by scoring a century in his first Test in charge at the Oval. Goes on to lead England to a 4-0 rout of South Africa in the one-day series.
    December 31, 2008
    Mission aborted
    Having been asked by the ECB to fulfil his 'end-of-term report' at the conclusion of the India tour, news breaks on new year's eve that Pietersen wants Moores removed as coach, telling his bosses: "I can't lead this team forward and take it to the West Indies if Peter Moores is coach." The bold move backfires as the ECB publicise the entire debacle - seemingly sharing Pietersen's assessment by firing Moores before 'accepting' a resignation from Pietersen which he insists he never made.
    February 2009
    Back in the ranks
    With question marks surrounding Pietersen in the first Test since the conclusion on his brief captaincy stint, he responds with 97 against in the first innings against West Indies at Kingstown but a rash shot to get out, followed by England's second-innings collapse leaves many frustrated.
    April 10, 2009
    'Dumbslog millionaire'
    Becomes, along with England team-mate and rival Andrew Flintoff, the IPL's most expensive player, signing for Royal Chargers Bangalore for $1.55 million. Has a disappointing tournament and worsens a long-standing Achilles injury.
    July 8, 2009
    It's the way I play
    Looking well-set on 69 in the first-Test of the 2009 Ashes at Cardiff Pietersen attempts an awkward and senseless sweep to Nathan Hauritz and is caught behind. His dismissal opens the door for Australia to charge through and dominate. He defends the shot insisting it's just the way he plays.
    July 22, 2009
    Limps out of the limelight
    Fails to make an impression on one of cricket's biggest stages - the Ashes Test at Lord's and the Achilles injury rules him out of the rest of the summer as he heads for the operating table.
    November 2009 to January 2010
    Nightmare return
    Having waited his entire career to play a Test in the country of his birth, Pietersen has endures a torrid tour to South Africa. Looking uncharacteristically tense at the crease the runs dry up following a hideous run out in the first Test at Centurion for 81. Ends the series with 177 runs at 25.28.
    December 3-7, 2010
    Destroying Australia
    England roll over Australia by an innings in Adelaide, and Pietersen plays a big role, scoring 227, his highest in Tests.
    July-August 2011
    An Indian summer
    Pietersen starts the four-Test home series against India by scoring an unbeaten 202 at Lord's, and finishes it with 175 at The Oval. His tally for the series is 533, easily his highest ever.
    January-February 2012
    Misery against Pakistan
    From his best series to his worst: in three Tests against Pakistan, he scores 67 at an average of 11.16, his poorest average in a series ever. But returns to form in ODI cricket with two centuries in the final two matches of a series England win 4-0.
    June 2012
    Frustrations come to a head
    Pietersen retires from all limited-overs cricket, four months before England defend their World T20 title. He had requested England's management to not be considered for 50-over cricket but the terms of England's central contracts require players to be available for all forms. So Pietersen throws in the towel on all white-ball cricket but goes on record to say he wants to play for England at the World T20.
    August 4, 2012
    Stunning Headingley onslaught
    Amid all the off-field controversy, Pietersen slams an outstanding 149 against South Africa to ensure a draw.
    August 12, 2012
    Dropped for Lord's
    Pietersen is left out of the England squad for the third Test against South Africa, over alleged text messages sent to South African players that were derogatory to people in the current England set-up.
    October 2012
    Still an outcast
    Pietersen not included in England's World T20 squad who fail to make the semi-finals. Appears as a pundit on Indian television during the tournament
    November 2012
    Comeback kid
    Successfully "reintegrated" into the England dressing room and responds with one of the greatest Test innings: 186 in Mumbai on a turning wicket with England one down in the series and staring into the abyss. Makes two half-centuries in the remaining Tests as England take a famous 2-1 victory
    August 2013
    Ashes winner again
    Scores a gritty century at Old Trafford as England retain the Ashes 3-0
    December 2013
    Scapegoat for disaster
    Swings wildly across the line to be bowled for 71 in Melbourne, Pietersen's only half-century of a wretched series where England surrender the Urn 5-0 and Pietersen is criticised for his style of play