After John Hastings of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), now it is Kevin Pietersen of Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) who has been ruled out of the IPL 2016. Pietersen, who was roped in by RPS during the IPL 2016 players' auction earlier this year, injured his right calf during the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
Pietersen announced on Instagram and other social media platforms he would be flying back to England and would not be able to take further part in the IPL 2016. A tear in his right calf ended his IPL campaign with MS Dhoni's side, who have been unimpressive so far.
Pietersen came out to bat at No. 3 against RCB and faced only one ball before he injured himself. He walked off the field immediately with the team physio.
"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, KP [sic]" he wrote on Instagram.
Pietersen scored 73 runs in four matches in the current edition of the IPL at an average of 36.50 and a strike rate of 119.67.
RPS have had a poor season in their maiden IPL season so far, with three losses out of the four matches they have played.
This is a major blow for Dhoni's side as they now will have to look for a replacement. Mitchell Marsh could make his way back into the playing XI. RPS have plenty of foreigners in their ranks, and now the skipper will have to make the right choice for the rest of the season.
RPS face KKR in their next game at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Sunday.