Headingley, Aug 6: Former England captain Alec Stewart heaped praise on Kevin Pietersen, who scored his 21st Test ton against South Africa in the second Test at Headingley, and also said that the South African-born cricketer should reconsider his ODI retirement.
Scorecard: 2nd Test;England Vs South Africa
"Love him or hate him, it was impossible not to have enjoyed Kevin Pietersen's batting yesterday," said Stewart.
"He has a touch of genius about him and it was on full show in front of a packed Headingley crowd."
Showering praise on the England cricketer, Stewart said that Pietersen's ton suggests that he is in supreme form and should reconsider his ODI retirement.
"A player of such rare talent should be appreciated and it's a shame that we are now deprived of seeing him in the international limited-over and T20 arenas after his premature retirement from the shorter form of the game."
"Surely he must now be told to reconsider that decision and allow his talents to be available to England?
"The 21st ton of his Test career takes him to within one of the all-time English record held jointly by Geoffrey Boycott, Ken Barrington and Wally Hammond."
Stewart feels Pietersen should not have any regrets at the end of his career,who reached 7000 Test runs to become the seventh player to reach the milestone.
"At the end of his career he should want to look back and be very proud of his achievements and the impact he has had on the world game - and the last thing he should have are any regrets," said Stewart.