10 cricketers who make good biopic materials
With the most anticipated movie of the year, ‘MS Dhoni-The untold story’ set to hit the theatres at the end of this month, all the followers of Dhoni are eagerly waiting for the movie to release as it will reveal some interesting facts about the flamboyant Jharkhand lad. From being a ticket collector at Kharagpur in 2001 to becoming the T20 World Cup winning captain in 2007, Dhoni’s life has been a fairytale.
Hard work, dedication, and luck were pivotal in making him one of the most successful captains in the world. And though he has been criticized by many in the recent past, Dhoni continues to be the heartthrob of India and his achievements will be etched in golden letters even several years after his retirement.
A biopic on a cricketer reveals different aspects of his life and all the lesser known facts that you might not have known otherwise.
With the amount of buzz going around in the nation for the release of MS Dhoni’s movie, we bring you some extraordinary cricketers who would have been exceptional biopic materials.
#10 Kevin Pietersen (England)
Born in South Africa, the flamboyant English batsman made his first-class debut for Natal in 1997 before moving to England in 2000. Pietersen was eligible for selection in the England national team only after serving a four-year qualifying period in the English county. He was immediately called up by England after he completed four years and eventually made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in 2004.
He made a breathtaking Test debut against Australia in 2005 and literally smashed the great Shane Warne all around the park. He took the bowlers by the scruff of the neck and was instrumental in England regaining the Ashes after several years. In the following years, he continued to be the mainstay of England batting line-up scoring runs against every opponent at a healthy average.
In 2012 there was a fallout between Pietersen and his teammates after reports revealed that he had allegedly sent text messages to South African players during their tour making derogatory comments, especially about the then England captain Andrew Strauss. Pietersen was subsequently dropped from the 3rd Test and regained his place only after Strauss retired from international cricket.
He scored a brilliant century against India in 2013 on a spin friendly track that laid the foundation for a 2-1 series win for England. Despite his knock the rift between Pietersen and the board continued and he was eventually dropped from the team.
Despite having a controversial career, Pietersen will stand among one of the greatest batsmen that England has produced.