This is certainly a bad news for both Sunrisers Hyderabad and England batsman Kevin Pietersen, who has been frozen out of his national team set-up because of ‘massive trust issues’, and now he won’t play for the Hyderabad franchise as planned earlier.
The sensational batsman had sustained a calf injury while scoring an unbeaten 355.
For Pietersen the time is not running favorable as he had sacrificed his IPL contract with Sunrisers Hyderabad after being told he would have to score runs in county cricket to make a way for his return to the England squad, but thereafter was informed that he had no ‘short-term’ future with the national team by teammate-turned-antagonist ECB Director Andrew Strauss.
Earlier, Sunrisers’ CEO K Shanmugam had announced Pietersen’s arrival on Friday in Hyderabad. Pietersen’s services would have been a major boom for the Hyderabad franchisee as they are hard pressed to reach top-four place, with only a few league matches left to be played.
The English batsman had a scan on his damaged calf in London on Wednesday and returned to the Kia Oval with a visible limp. The assessment was that the injury is expected to take a couple of weeks to heal.
It is worthwhile to mention that the Sunrisers had purchased Pietersen at his base price of 2 crore rupees at the IPL player auction in February. They had also agreed to release Pietersen ahead of the season to allow him to press for England selection. But with his recent injury, the whole equation has turned into a big challenge to sustain as should they qualify for the knockout stages, Sunrisers will also be without their New Zealand pair of fast bowler Trent Boult and batsman Kane Williamson, who will leave after Sunday’s game to join the national squad ahead of their first Test against England starting on May 21.
In any case, it proves to be a big jolt for the fans of KP, who were expecting to see him striking good in the IPL, especially after his record breaking recent form.