Two of the cricket’s greats, Kevin Pieterson and Dale Steyn celebrate their birthday on June 27. Pieterson, who has turned 36 years and Steyn is celebrating his 33rd birthday, both are South African by birth, however, Kevin Pieterson played international cricket for England.
One of the best fast bowlers that the world has ever seen was born on 27 June, 1983 in a small town of Phalaborwa. Steyn was always inclined towards outdoor sports and he ultimately started playing cricket when he was 11 years old. Playing cricket in his backyard, made his way to School team. At a very early age, he was recognize with exceptional talent bowling at a venomous pace with accuracy.
Dale Steyn made debut his international debut for South Africa on December 17, 2004 in a test match against England at Port Elizabeth.
It was the beginning of his legacy, since then he has been the key bowler for the Proteas. He has hunted 406 batsmen in 82 test matches for South Africa. He has not played much of limited overs cricket, he has just featured in 112 ODIs and 42 T20is in which he has taken 175 and 52 wickets respectively. Dale Steyn is still in South African ranks and have been bowling brilliantly.
Kevin Pieterson was born in Pietermaritzburg on June 27, 1980 as well in 1980. Pieterson attended his high school in his hometown . At an early age of 17, KP was considered as a worthy off-spinner and a pinch hitter sort of a batsman lower down the order.
After a couple of seasons, KP moved to England to play as an overseas player for Cannock Cricket Club and he won them the tournament as well. He went back to South Africa to join KwaZulu Natal side but didn’t get much to bowl and that was when he worked on his batting and became the KP that the world knows today.
Clive Rice, former South African captain, saw the young Pieterson at a cricket school festival and he liked him so much that he offered him a place in Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club. He didn’t hesitate for a moment to accept that proposal of Rice.
Eventually, Kevin Pieterson made his debut for England on November 28, 2004 in an ODI against Zimbabwe at Harare. He came on the international stage with a boom, he was a bit different than the typical orthodox English batsmen.
KP played 104 test matches for England and scored 8,181 runs at an average of 47.28. He was a wonderful limited over batsman, he represented England in 136 ODIs and 37 T20is and made 4,440 and 1,176 runs respectively at an average of 40.73 and 37.93.
The batting maestro announced retirement from limited overs cricket back in 2012 to prolong his test career. He was instrumental during the World T20 2010 campaign that England won beating Australia in the final.
Pieterson was sidelined by England after their disastrous 2013 Ashes series citing different reasons and one of them was his attitude. KP still plays cricket leagues around the world.