“Here comes the rain again…
Falling from the stars…
Drenched in my pain again…
Becoming who we are…
As my memory rests…
But never forgets what I lost…
Wake me up when September ends…”
Those famous Green Day lyrics depict former England star Kevin Pietersen’s predicament as news filters in that he may not be considered for national reckoning any time in the near future.
And it came straight from the horses’ mouth as England’s Director of Cricket; Andrew Strauss announced that the national team had ‘moved on’ without Pietersen.
Of course this was the very same England which had been humbled by Bangladesh at Adelaide earlier this year which led to Eoin Morgan’s side suffering an embarrassing exit from world cricket’s grandest stage.
Though the World Cup ended in disaster, the manner in which Alastair Cook led his men to a spectacular triumph over the Aussies in the just concluded Ashes, only raises hopes of English cricket’s resurrection.
As Strauss revels in every moment of the national team coming back into reckoning; Pietersen has sadly been relegated to the sidelines.
By the looks of it, English cricket’s one time wonder boy may have to call curtains on his illustrious career sooner or later, thanks to Strauss announcing his intentions of not including Pietersen in any future plans.
Pietersen (35) may have himself to blame thanks to his never ending saga with the ECB, which started with the 2012 text-gate incident and ended with the maverick batsman not being included for England’s 2015 Ashes squad, despite scoring an extraordinary unbeaten 355 for Surrey against Leicestershire in County cricket.
Of course, post that Ashes win it is clearly Strauss who has come out trumps as this win over Australia has definitely given a major boost to his villain like reputation.
On the other hand, Pietersen may just about be ruing his luck as Strauss’ statements only gives away the fact that England have ‘moved on’ from the former.
Though it may be too premature for Pietersen to call it quits on his international career, players like Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali definitely deserve their place in the sun given the way they performed against the Aussies recently.
While there still is a slim chance of Pietersen storming back into national reckoning, it will be doubly hard thanks to the fact that English cricket has been throwing up some young and exciting talent since his ‘exile’.
With heavy legs and age rapidly catching up with Pietersen, it will be no surprise if English cricket sees one of its most revered sons, hang up his international boots and call it quits soon.
While there is no doubt that Pietersen was definitely one of English (and world) cricket’s brightest talents, controversies and a penchant for trouble may have well put to an end to a career that can best be described as extraordinaire.
Who can forget his astounding knocks such as the 158 against a fiery Australian attack in his debut 2005 Ashes series or even the monumental 186 against India on a minefield of a track at the Wankhede in 2012 which paved the way for a memorable series win for England later on.
Also others like a superb unbeaten 149 against a top notch South African outfit at Headingly in 2012 or even the 151 scored in scorching conditions against Sri Lanka at Colombo earlier that year, is only testimony to his class.
While Strauss and Co. may be enjoying the start of what may be a perfect English summer (for them at least), the last page on Pietersen’s controversial England career may already have fallen into place.
We may never know as to whether Billy Joe Armstrong’s epochal lyrics may have played through Pietersen’s mind, yet Strauss’ decision would only close to what has been a tumultous chapter in the history of English cricket so far.
Kevin Pietersen and England … a love affair gone horribly wrong!