A bloke that was born in the Natal Province of South Africa in 1980, before essentially changing his nationality to British and playing international test cricket for England, is very proud of his close ties to Maori culture, it has been confirmed.

Known collaquially as KP, Kevin Pietersen became the fastest batsman to reach both 1,000 and 2,000 runs in One Day International cricket. He has the second-highest run total from his first 25 Tests, behind only Sir Donald Bradman, and was the fastest player, in terms of days, to reach 4,000, 5,000 and 7,000 Test runs.

After a career in South Africa, England and India, the Afrikaans-descendant is now employed in Australia by both Channel 9 and the Melbourne Stars in the BBL.

Pietersen was born to an Afrikaner father and English mother in the city of Pietermaritzburg in South Africa – after making his first-class debut for Natal in 1997.

However, after voicing his displeasure at the racial quota system in South African cricket and decided to take advantage of his English ancestry by trying out for the England team.

With all this bouncing around the globe, KP says it’s always good to keep it real and stay true to his roots.

“That’s why I got the Maori sleeve. So people know the real me”

“It’s good for my mana”


In an even more culturally confusing twist, it is believed that Pietersen also has a tattoo of Muhammad Ali on his other arm as well as the world map down his rib cage.




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