Kevin Pietersen ruled out of IPL 2016 following calf injury
Former England batting star Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of the remainder of the Indian Premier League following a calf injury, dealing a blow to Risi
Former England batting star Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of the remainder of the Indian Premier League following a calf injury, dealing a blow to Rising Pune Supergiants' hopes of reviving their stuttering campaign.
Pietersen, who had injured his right calf against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Friday and was carried off the field,
announced he would take no further part in the league via his Instagram account. "Over & out, India! Injuries are all part of the job! Horrible tear in my calf! Sad to be leaving a really great bunch of boys but looking forward to being back with my family! London bound for a summer off! Vacation till November! Bye for now! Lots of love, KPxxx," the 35-year-old wrote on his Instagram account.
He posted a picture of himself in a wheelchair in the dressing room, with strapping on his calf, alongside the word
'Urgh!' on Facebook soon after the incident.
On Saturday, Pietersen underwent a scan where the severity of the injury was confirmed, ending his IPL season early.
Pietersen, who has not played for England since their 5-0 defeat in the 2013-14 Ashes series in Australia, had scored 73 runs from four IPL innings at an average of 36.50 and strike rate of 119.67. Supergiants are currently second last on the points table with three losses from four matches in their maiden season.
Kohli's announcement comes on the back of his decision to step down as India's T20 captain.
The IPL, which was suspended midway into the league in May owing to multiple COVID-19 cases in its bio-bubble, will resume in the UAE on Sunday.
Kohli along with other Indian players refused to take the field in the fifth Test against England at Old Trafford, after junior physio Yogesh Parmar became the fourth close-contact support staff to test positive for COVID-19.