Superstardom, headlines, controversies and runs - they're all a fact of life if you're Kevin Pietersen. The superstardom is intact, the runs have come, but his latest headline-grabbing controversy is probably as much his own doing as that of circumstance.
Pietersen has retired from all international limited-overs cricket, choosing to do so four months before England defend their World Twenty20 trophy in Sri Lanka. In his own words, he didn't want to skip the World Twenty20 - he didn't want to skip playing T20s at all - but was forced to do so because he gave up One-Day Internationals and his contract mandates he be available for both formats or neither.
You can argue that Pietersen's timing - so evident during successfully executed switch hits - was horribly off in this announcement. Yes, the international schedule is packed and makes many demands on a sportsman's body, but was it really so demanding that he couldn't have taken four more months of it? And retired after the World Twenty20?