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Cronje, Rhinos -- Pietersen touches on emotions in Pataudi lecture

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

His life was shattered by a match-fixing scandal and his death remains a subject of conspiracy theories but former South was remembered fondly by when he delivered the annual MAK lecture here today.

"Sachin Tendulkar, Shane Warne, Malcolm Marshall, Steve Waugh, Richard Hadlee, Kapil Dev. Even the late, great but flawed Cronje," said in his stirring address, which focussed on highlighting the relevance of Test

was indicted in the 2000 match-fixing scandal when he admitted to accepting bribes along with a few other players to fix matches.

He died a couple of years later in a plane crash and till today, there are conspiracy theories to suggest that he might have been murdered by the betting syndicate in South to hush up any possible revelations by him.

Pietersen, the to be invited for the lecture in the honour of late former Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, said more than the pyrotechnics of the limited-overs cricket, it is the grit in white flannels that become unforgettable memories.

"Each played his fair share of one-day matches. But when we look back on their extraordinary achievements their performances that will always stand the test of time are those when they were dressed in white," he said.

"Caps and trousers stained with sweat, grass and sometimes even blood in the white heat of a Test match. It's something I believe passionately," he added.

Another subject that touched upon and for which he has been actively campaigning, is conservation of rhinos.

"...a retired has to broaden his or her horizons. We cannot live in the bubble forever. When I started talking about saving the rhinos there were many in the game who wondered if I was focused on helping the Mid West Rhinos franchise in Zimbabwe!" he quipped.

"I am, of course, dedicated to an incredible beast that should be able to call and home. In fact, it is hunted relentlessly and remorselessly. Its horns may provide short-term riches but its potential extinction risks us losing something incredibly precious," he added.

Pietersen said saving rhinos is a metaphor for the future of Test itself.

"And it is no secret that I care fervently about the survival and the resurgence of both," he said.

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First Published: Tue, June 12 2018. 20:45 IST