NEW DELHI: Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen will miss the rest of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season as a consequence of a calf damage, the flamboyant stroke-maker has stated.
The 35-yr-previous confronted just one ball in Rising Pune Supergiants’ match towards Royal Challengers Bangalore on Friday however retired harm after he broken the muscle when he turned sharply again to the crease when he aborted an tried single.
“Over & out, India! Accidents are all a part of the job! Horrible tear in my calf!” Pietersen stated on his Instagram account.
“Unhappy to be leaving a very nice bunch of boys however wanting ahead to being again with my household! London sure for a summer time off! Trip until November!”
Sacked by England in 2014 after repeated run-ins with group administration, Pietersen has not utterly deserted hope of a return to worldwide cricket.
He’s toying with the thought of an unbelievable comeback with the nation of his delivery as soon as he’s eligible to characterize South Africa subsequent yr.
“Sure, it’s a thought in my head,” Pietersen stated earlier this month.
“If it occurs, it occurs, if it does not, it does not. Clearly, enjoying worldwide cricket is one thing I’ve accomplished for a really very long time.”
Pune are at present second backside within the IPL standings with just one win from 4 matches and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni stated Pietersen’s damage could possibly be a “blessing in disguise” for the workforce, who’ve 10 extra common season matches remaining.
“We’re enjoying with six bowlers, but our demise bowling is not nice,” Dhoni stated after the defeat by Bangalore.
“Perhaps we will look to usher in (all-rounder) Albie Morkel or Mitch Marsh within the subsequent recreation. With the type of gamers we have got, it has all the time been troublesome to drop somebody. We have to strengthen our bowling line a bit.”
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