South African born England cricketer –Kevin Pietersen recently announced his retirement from competitive cricket after playing in the on-going third edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2018.
Pietersen has decided not to travel with his franchise Quetta Gladiators to Pakistan for the last stage of the T20 tournament citing family and personal reasons but has wished his team to do well in the knockouts.
The 37-year-old broke the news of his retirement on 16 March (Friday) on his official social media handle, and Cricket fraternity exploded on Twitter to appreciate his contribution to the game of cricket.
However, legendary Indian batsman – Sachin Tendulkar made a late entry to the congratulatory chorus but shared a heartwarming farewell message for Pietersen on Twitter. Tendulkar posted a photo of himself along with KP on the social media and said: “You've been a delight to watch”.
Tendulkar wrote, “Congratulations on a great career, @KP24. You've been a delight to watch! Your second innings journey has just begun. Wishing you all the very best.”
Even, Pietersen also replied on Tendulkar’s tweet, saying “see you soon” as he will be in India to join the commentary panel for the upcoming 11th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018.
In his illustrious career, Pietersen has played 104 Tests for England and scored 8181 runs at 47.28 with 23 centuries and 35 fifties, and he was 5th highest Test runs scorer for the Lions.
The 37-year-old has 136 ODIs, in which he has scored 4440 runs, while he has 1176 runs in T20Is with seven half-centuries.
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Thanks legend! See you in a couple weeks!— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) March 19, 2018