Kevin Pietersen played a terrific knock to ensure that England did not return home disappointed from India, but not before catching the ire of the umpires and subsequently the ICC as well.
England all rounder, Kevin Pietersen, batted in the one off Twenty20 match between India and England despite battling a broken finger. In doing so, he scored the only half century of the match en route to taking England to victory, a welcome result after the 5-0 ODI drubbing at the hands of India.
However, Kevin Pietersen’s uncanny ability to get into controversies was not spared on this brief tour either. First it was Graeme Swann’s book in which he criticized KP’s captaincy that brought the attention back to KP. And in the Twenty20 match, Kevin Pietersen managed to incur the wrath of the umpires who did not like the fact that Pietersen was carrying on and on about his dismissal.
England’s Kevin Pietersen has been officially reprimanded for a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct during his side’s six-wicket victory over India in the only Twenty20 International (T20I) of the series in Kolkata on Saturday. Pietersen was found to have breached Article 2.1.3 of the code which relates to “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during an international match”. Pietersen himself pleaded guilty and was let off with an official reprimand to add a touch of sour to an otherwise more celebratory finish to the England cricket season.