Year in Review 2020: National Sports Day, MS Dhoni, Kevin Pietersen, Naomi Osaka among Firstpost Sports' best pieces this year
Over the course of 2020, the sports journalists of Firstpost filed quite a few important stories and we think it's worth the time to revisit them. Here's the list of Firstpost’s best pieces of 2020.
Kevin Pietersen's second innings: Former England player is now committed to saving rhinos from extinction
As a cricketer, Kevin Pietersen made a name for himself by never backing down from a fight. After his England career ended, he discovered a new calling and now finds himself in the middle of a bigger fight ― saving rhinos from extinction.
IPL 2020: Former South Africa cricketer JP Duminy to join Star Sports' commentary panel ahead of new season
Making his debut on the world feed will be former South Africa all-rounder JP Duminy, who will be joined by a host of experts that include the likes of Harsha Bhogle, Mark Nicholas, Simon Doull and Ian Bishop.
Kevin Pietersen describes CSA crisis 'a horror show' as South African Olympic body expresses intent to take over cricket administration
CSA has, among others, former skipper Graeme Smith at the helm of affairs, and Pietersen felt bad for them.
England vs Pakistan: Too early to compare Tom Banton with Kevin Pietersen, says hosts’ assistant coach Graham Thorpe
Banton, reprieved on five when Iftikhar Ahmed dropped a routine slip catch, struggled before finding his form in a rain-marred match that finished as a no result.
England vs West Indies: Kevin Pietersen says Joe Denly should be told to play freely in Tests, curbing his attacking game is 'atrocious'
Denly, who has played 15 Tests for England, was dropped from the ongoing second Test against the West Indies after scoring 18 and 29 in the two innings respectively in the series opener at Southampton.
Kevin Pietersen's Twitter account restored after being suspended for threatening broadcaster Piers Morgan
Pietersen's account was locked, apparently for violating Twitter's rules against abuse and harassment, after he threatened to slap the television presenter.
England vs West Indies: David Gower, Kevin Pietersen raise concerns over Ben Stokes potentially leading hosts in Test series
England’s former captains David Gower and Kevin Pietersen have raised concerns that the additional responsibility might burden Stokes.
Kevin Pietersen feels star all-rounder Ben Stokes shouldn't be burdened with England captaincy in Joe Root's absence
Kevin Pietersen reckons that star all-rounder Ben Stokes must not be burdened with captaincy if regular skipper Joe Root is unavailable for England's first Test against the West Indies.
Rabada was suspended for the series-deciding final Test against England earlier this year after collecting a fourth demerit point in a 24-month period for celebrating too close to visiting captain Joe Root after claiming his wicket in the third Test.
The IPL has helped English cricket grow, feels batsman Jos Buttler, admitting that the cash-rich T20 tournament is the best in the world after the ICC World Cups.
Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has revealed that he was shocked to see Shoaib Akhtar bowl at an unimaginable pace during the 2005 Test series against Pakistan.
Former India batsman Yuvraj Singh says he would prefer mentoring young cricketers over commentary, full-time coaching
Yuvraj Singh feels that he can make a difference speaking to youngsters on mental aspect of middle-order batting
Steve Smith comes nowhere close to Virat Kohli; Indian captain even better than Sachin Tendulkar, says Kevin Pietersen
Smith and Kohli are among the leading batsmen in the world now but for Pietersen, the Australia doesn't even come close to the Indian superstar.
Coronavirus Outbreak: Kevin Pietersen shares video of people defying social distancing norms in London, says complete lockdown returning soon
Posting the video on Twitter, Pietersen wrote, "Unreal scenes in London this morning. COMPLETE LOCKDOWN COMING AGAIN SOON! This is madness!"
Kevin Pietersen concerned about England's Test team post retirement of James Anderson and Stuart Broad
Kevin Pietersen is concerned about England’s Test bowling resources when the long-serving pace duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad call time on their careers, the former captain has told.
Coronavirus Outbreak: Players must play, public needs a morale boost, crowd or no crowd, says Kevin Pietersen
With Rory McIlroy preparing to play a charity event on 17 May and Premier League plotting a return, Pietersen finds it unfathomable that any top athlete would not want to be plying their trade as soon as possible.
Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome unsure orgnanisers can prevent large crowd gatherings at 29 August race
The Tour, scheduled to start on 27 June, was pushed back to 29 August due to the outbreak. Mass gatherings have been banned in France until September, with the country recording more than 168,000 coronavirus cases and over 24,000 deaths.
Former captain Michael Vaughan has claimed that many England players were jealous of their then teammate Kevin Pietersen after the maverick batsman landed a "massive contract" in the Indian Premier League.
Former captain Michael Vaughan feels Kevin Pietersen should not have been picked for England again after the 2012 text-gate scandal where he was accused of sending unsavoury messages about his skipper Andrew Strauss to the opposition team during the course of a Test match.