FirstPost.com (India) – Bengaluru: His life was shattered by a match-fixing scandal and his death remains a subject of conspiracy theories but former South Africa captain Hansie Cronje was remembered fondly by Kevin Pietersen when he delivered the annual MAK Pataudi lecture on Tuesday.

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  • Bengaluru: His life was shattered by a match-fixing scandal and his death remains a subject of conspiracy theories but former South Africa captain Hansie Cronje was remembered fondly by Kevin Pietersen when he delivered the annual MAK Pataudi lecture on Tuesday.
  • Even the late, great but flawed Hansie Cronje,” Pietersen said in his stirring address, which focussed on highlighting the relevance of Test cricket.
  • Cronje was indicted in the 2000 match-fixing scandal when he admitted to accepting bribes along with a few other players to fix matches.
  • Pietersen, the first overseas player to be invited for the lecture in the honour of late former India captain 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.
  • Pietersen said saving rhinos is a metaphor for the future of Test cricket itself.


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