Kevin was born to an Afrikaner father and English mother in South Africa and played for England as a right-handed batsman and occasional off-spin bowler between 2005 and 2014.
In addition to his England role he has played for 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 and Surrey.
- Behind Sir Don Bradman he holds the second-highest run-total from his first 25 Tests
- Only the fourth Englishman to make the top score in both innings of debut Test.
- Achieved 5,000 Test runs in the fastest time of 4 years and 243 days.
Kevin created history in June 2018 as he became the first foreign player to deliver the MAK Pataudi Lecture speech
Along with the rest of the England team, he was awarded the MBE in the 2006 New Years Honours.
Kevin announced his retirement from all forms cricket at the end of the 2018 season.
His focus, post his professional cricketing career, is to dedicate more time and energy into the things that matter most to him.
Away from cricket, Kevin is a prominent advocate for the welfare and conservation of endangered animals in South Africa. He has recently opened Umganu Lodge, a luxury resort at the edge of Kruger National Park enabling more people to get closer to nature and appreciate the wildlife he cares so much about.
On top of his initiative SORIA (Saving Our Rhinos Africa & India) he’s raising funds for Forward-Looking InfraRed cameras (FLIR), which help to protect wildlife at night from poachers and will also be hosting a charity 100-person bike ride through the Kruger National Park.
Kevin can now be booked for Q&A’s and deliver Keynote speeches on topics including, but not limited to, team adversity, maximising success, leadership, business ventures out of sport.
“How do you get from good to great? What turns talent into a Champion? Kevin Pietersen busts some myths, shares some confidences and explains how he has taken lessons from cricket into the next phase of his life. He’s honest, incisive and incredibly inspiring. Feedback from his talks has demonstrated the surprise his audiences feel at the difference between the Kevin they think they know and the Kevin they meet.”
Enjoy highlights of Kevin’s 2005 performance against Australia in 2005