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And after that innings, KP was called ‘The Most Complete Batsman in Cricket’.

KP, you are African by birth and English by deed, mother English and father African.

In the Ashes series in 2005, you bowled McGrath in the first Test match for England at Edgbaston. At that time, McGrath wanted to be a swinger from Australia. Scored a half-century on debut and it was here that England cricket gained new confidence to defeat the Australian team. This series created a new chapter in the history of Ashes.

Tu’s century at Lord’s in the final match of this series was an unforgettable innings. Brett Lee still remembers the straight drive, the step-out six off Shane Warne and the washout of everyone including McGrath.

His 2008 Test knock of 152 against Africa at the Oval was a brave one. Dale Steyn, even Morkel didn’t escape the brunt of your bat. After this innings, The Times ‘The Most Complete Batsman in Cricket’ You described it like that.

You are the first batsman in the world to score the fastest 1000 and 2000 runs in ODIs. You scored runs in both categories at an average of around 50. After Bradman, you are the highest scorer in first 25 Tests.

You introduced the world to a new type of Switch hit. You were not English by birth because English gave cricket a lot but they had trouble digesting it. After becoming captain, you clashed with Peter Moore and were dropped from the team. His reason was unbelievable. England cricket had decided to shoot itself.

Well all that is in the past now. Just a reminder, Tuesday (June 27) is your 42nd birthday.

-This exclusive blog by Swapnil Dhavale on birthday boy Kevin Peterson

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