Every time he was at the crease it was legitimate to think we might be about to witness something epic. And when he got going, it was impossible to contain your excitement. Nobody else made you want to text a friend or rush to the nearest public social-networking house and say excitedly to the nearest person: “Are you watching the cricket? Pietersen’s on one here.” That’s how special Pietersen was: he made you want to talk to strangers.
— Rob Smyth

A quite brilliant piece of sports writing about the greatest English (ok England) cricketer since Ian Botham.