Blow or blessing in disguise for Pune Supergiants? 'Injured' Kevin Pietersen pulls out of IPL 9

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Pune, Apr 26: In a fresh jolt to Rising Pune Supergiants, team's middle order batsman Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of the ongoing Indian Premier League tournament due to calf injury.

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Pietersen informed fans and followers on Instagram, on Tuesday, that he would no more be playing for the Supergiants due to 'horrible tear in his calf'.

Kevin Pietersen pulls out of IPL 9

The former England batter took to Instagram to clear the air and said, "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 xxx."

Even the franchise took to twitter to make the announcement.

".@KP24 won't be representing us this season anymore due to an unfortunate injury. We wish him express recovery!"

Kevin Pietersen had come out to bat at No. 3 in game against Royal Challengers Bangalore (on April 23), and faced only one ball before he retired hurt. He had to be carried off the field.

Pietersen had scored 73 runs from four innings in the tournament at an average of 36.50 and strike rate of 119.67.

However, after his injury in the match against RCB, Pune Supergiants' skipper MS Dhoni had said 'KP's injury would be a blessing in disguise for his side'.

"KP's injury could be a blessing in disguise. Could allow us to play Albie (Morkel) or (Mitchell) Marsh," Dhoni said during post match presentation.

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Story first published: Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 14:35 [IST]
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