But, led by Pietersen, the Stars, who also said farewell to Rob Quiney, reached their 186 target with five balls remaining.DUNK DELIVERSBen Dunk (1-19) surprisingly struck the first blow of the game.(Read | Pakistan cancels 5-year agreement with West Indies for T20 series) The leading BBL run-scorer this season, D’Arcy Short, was trapped lbw by the part-time off-spinner for a golden duck off just the fourth ball of the innings.Rice went on: “If Kevin improves his focus and concentration at the crease, he can be up there with the top three cricketers who have ever played the game.“That is a huge statement, but he is that good.He can beat Graham Gooch’s record as England’s leading run-scorer, that’s for sure.“He can beat Sachin Tendulkar’s record for the most Test hundreds.His lows have been cavernous, yet his highs have been stratospheric. A man who played for ‘queen and country’, but was also unafraid to fight the establishment; His professional life reads like the CV of a conflicted Marvel character.So it isn’t totally out of the question that Mr Pietersen would go on to complete a comeback worthy of a Hollywood script…Crucial innings’ from captain John Hastings (20 off six), Evan Gulbis (19 not out) and Daniel Worrall, who hit an unbeaten 13, also boosted the Stars late in their successful chase.
There is something utterly cinematic about KP’s career isn’t there?
Pietersen’s duels in 2005 with Australia’s Shane Warne were the greatest passages of Test cricket I have seen; indeed, I doubt whether they have been surpassed.
Prior to the subsequent Ashes series in England, Rice wrote that Pietersen “has barely scratched the surface of his cricketing potential”, adding that “there is a huge amount still to come from him”.
and that’s exactly what seems to be happening: After a glittering England career that fell foul of internal politics, the bruising batsman has now set his sights on representing South Africa at the 2019 World Cup.
Read: Will KP ever make a Proteas comeback He last played for England in 2014 and under ICC law, he must wait four years before applying to play for another country of his heritage. Speaking on English radio station Talk Sport, he admitted he ‘would play for South Africa’ if he was asked, but insisted his focus for the moment is on T20 cricket in the big domestic leagues: “I’ll play T20s in South Africa for the next two years, I’ll play in Australia for the next two years, I’ll play in Pakistan for the next two years.” “I’ll play for South Africa.