An immensely talented batsman, Pietersen has brought a sprinkle of stardust to the England side ever since making such a big impact in the one day series in South Africa in 2005 and then the never-to-be-forgotten Ashes series a few months later.
Sure, KP appears to be a little too in love with himself at times, but the ridiculously bad press he gets at times would seem to be more down to jealously and a hidden agenda at his South African background rather than anything to do with his cricket.
The one fault that could be laid at his door was that at times he could seem a little immature and even naive, hence his ill-advised criticism of Peter Moores during his short-lived stint as captain and thinking he could ride out the storm he had created whilst on safari in South Africa.
But recent evidence suggests that Pietersen has grown up. Mature double-hundreds at Adelaide and Lord's set the foundations for crucial England wins early in the respective series with Australia and India.
Moreover, the quiet dignity he has maintained since the negative comments Graeme Swann made about his captaincy have shown the true mettle of the man. No toys have been thrown out of the pram and not even a glimmer of a bust-up between the two has been detected by a no doubt disappointed press.
And who was the star of the show on Saturday when an England side skippered by Swann of all people finally won a match in India? None other than KP.
England can only get better with a mature, motivated and fit Pietersen in the side.
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