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Thursday, May 31, 2012
Kevin Peterson Called it a Day from all forms of Cricket
Kevin Peterson,the South-African born batsman of England surprised the cricketing world by announcing his retirement from all forms of the game.Though he quit from ODIs and T20s, he was willing and available to play longer version of the game.He was just 31+.
The England T20 captain was surprised by the sudden announcement made by Kevin Peterson that too when England had to defend its T20 world champion title was just four months away.Of course, England would not forget that Kevin Peterson was man of the tournament in the previous T20 tournament and they had every reason to have Kevin in their team to defend their title in the next tournament.
However, unlike many other modern cricketers, Peterson was very frank to admit that the scheduling of the modern shorter versions of the game was so taxing and laborious.Besides he also admitted that he quit the game paving the way for upcoming players to have their place in the England team for the 2015 world cup.
No doubt Kevin Peterson was such a fine player and he was the most favorite player of West Indian great Brian Lara.He was such a dominating and dynamic cricketer.Recently, his contribution to Delhi Devils in the early rounds of just concluded IPL5 was commendable.Unfortunately, he was not available in the last rounds of IPL 5 series.Otherwise,Delhi Dare Devils would not have lost its play off matches and the story of IPL5 would also have been different.
Who can forget that Kevin Peterson was instrumental in winning the Ashes series for England in 2005 defeating the then invincible Australia?
In any event we must respect his decision to quit the shorter versions of the game.However, we can have a sigh of relief that cricket fans can still view his dynamic innings in test cricket.Thanks to Kevin Peterson!