- Andrew Strauss paid a glowing tribute to former teammate Kevin Pietersen, who retired last week from professional cricket
- He said any animosity towards the recently-retired batsman has dissipated
- Kevin Pietersen last played for England in 2014, after which he played for various T20 teams across the world
Former England international cricket stalwart Kevin Pietersen announced his retirement from professional cricket last week via his Twitter account. Wishes and tributes have poured in from all corners of the world for the 37-year-old, who one can very easily say didn’t have the perfect career. One man who has had quite possibly the biggest on Pietersen’s international career was former England captain Andrew Strauss. For more live cricket news or cricket latest news visit Rooter News.
Andrew Strauss: My differences with Kevin Pietersen are well in the past
Strauss and Pietersen had a chequered history which had very few positive moments. Some people point the blame at Strauss for being a major playmaker in deciding when Pietersen retires from international cricket. However, the current director of English spoke on BBC Radio 5 live‘s Tuffers & Vaughan Show and had nothing but good words to say about his former team-mate. Strauss said,
“I think the first thing to say is we’ve had our differences over time and they’ve been well documented. But thankfully they are very much in the past now.”
“It is definitely the time for us to appreciate what he did in an England shirt. He was a magnificent player and for me, he was the best England player that I played with.”
‘He was an unbelievable talent and he deserves for us to remember those special days he had in an England shirt and he can go off into retirement feeling pretty happy and comfortable with what he’s achieved in the game.”
Kevin Pietersen had a 10-year long career which came to an abrupt end in 2014. However, the mercurial batsman finished his international career as England’s second-highest run scorer across all formats, behind Alastair Cook. His downfall started in 2009 when he was asked to step down just 5 months after taking charge following a rift with the coach Peter Moores.
He was later dropped from the 3rd test match against South Africa in 2012 after it was reported that he had sent derogatory text messages about his captain at the time Strauss to South African players.
In February 2015, he was dropped from the team following a 5-0 defeat against Australia. Kevin Pietersen never played international cricket after that. The right-hander batsman who developed the switch-hit became a T20 specialist from then on and even represented a number of IPL teams like Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Daredevils, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rising Pune Supergiants.
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