Friday, June 01, 2012

Kevin Pietersen takes retirement from ODI and T20

It looks like that hard hitter English batsman, Kevin Pietersen, cannot take pressure of playing too much international cricket in a calendar year. The 31-year-old player has taken retirement from ODI and T20 cricket. However, he will continue playing Test cricket for England.
His decision of taking retirement from all limited-overs international has come as a big blow for England cricket team. It comes almost four months before the start of T20 World Cup 2012 in Sri Lanka. England will try to defend their title for the second time.
However, he has no interest of taking retirement from the IPL. This kind of decision will further increase tensions between IPL and international cricket. It will also intensify the debate of IPL getting more importance than the national service.
Kevin Pietersen thinks that his retirement will help young players to show their talent in the international arena. Pietersen should re-think about his decision and should make his inclusion to England’s T20 squad to defend the title.
Pietersen has played 127 ODI matches and scored 4184 at an average of 41.84 with a career best 130. In ODI format of cricket game, he has scored 9 centuries and 23 half-centuries. Playing 36 T20s, he has scored 1176 runs at an average of 37.93 with 7 half-centuries.