Ciao cricket! Kevin Pietersen retires from the game on social media

Pietersen appears to have announced his retirement from cricket. Pic Getty

Pietersen appears to have announced his retirement from cricket. Pic Getty

Home and away 100's in all major Test nations apart from Bangladesh. "All dedicated to my family who have just been the most unreal supporters through thick & thin!"

In a posting on his Instagram account he said: "I'm super proud of everything!" "Great career! Thank you for everything. I loved entertaining you all!" "Ciao, cricket! I love this game!"

The feisty batsman on March 16 had hinted at the news on microblogging platform on Twitter.

Kevin Pietersen has confirmed that he has finally chose to hang up his boots.

As expected, former England star Kevin Pietersen has announced his retirement from all cricket; having played his last game for Quetta Gladiators in the ongoing edition of the Pakistan Super League.

However it seems he may have called time on his career entirely.

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A T20 specialist since his high-profile England exile in the wake of the 2013/14 Ashes, Pietersen has been saying farewell wherever he has gone over the a year ago.

Pietersen played for Delhi Daredevils and Rising Pune Supergiant in the Indian Premier League, Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League, St Lucia Stars in the Caribbean and Sunfoil Dolphins in South Africa. He tried to revive his Test career, hitting an unbeaten 355 for Surrey, but it was not enough to convince the England and Wales Cricket Board to take him back.

Pietersen leaves the sport as England's second highest run-scorer across all forms of the game combined, including 8181 runs in 104 Tests between 2005 and 2013-14, until he was sacked in a dispute over team ethics in the wake of a disastrous 5-0 drubbing in that winter's Ashes.

In 136 One Day Internationals (ODIs), he collected 4,440 runs with nine centuries and 25 half-centuries. That heroic effort ensured England got the draw they needed to finally reclaim the Ashes, with he also produced epic knocks of 227 against Australia in Adelaide in 2010 and a brilliant 186 against India in Mumbai in 2012.

"Well done @KP24 on an fantastic career ..."

"Countless goodbyes to Jessica Taylor and my kids as a cricket player and this one this evening is the last one I'll ever have to do".

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