Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe said Kevin Pietersen has been unable to lose the bitterness of his past, which forced him to leave Natal in South Africa as a young man and seek cricketing opportunities in England. (Kevin Pietersen salutes Rahul Dravid)
Pietersen, who was controversially sacked from the England side after an Ashes whitewash against Australia, Down Under, released his bare-all book, KP: The Autobiography, where he picked on teammates and former coach Andy Flower besides accusing senior players of allowing a bullying culture to develop in the dressing-room. The revelations drew mixed reactions and Pietersen was once again subjected to intense criticism from men he had once played cricket with, men he once called friends. (Kevin Pietersen book has tarnished England cricket: Cook)
Crowe, one of the more charismatic captains to have ever led the Black Caps, said Pietersen's story of a kid who left his home shores to travel to a distant land and represent an adopted country had taken a sad turn, given everything he had achieved and subsequently destroyed. The brash right-handed batsman made a sensational debut against Australia, slamming two half-centuries in 2005, a year after he first played ODIs for England.