Kevin Pietersen suffered the injury while plpaying for © PTI
Kevin Pietersen trained with the Delhi Daredevils despite the injury © PTI


Apr 16, 2014


Delhi Daredevils on Wednesday suffered a big blow ahead of their Indian Premier League (IPL) opening clash against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, when their captain Kevin Pietersen was ruled out of action due to an injury.


According to reports, Pietersen will not play in the first match and Dinesh Karthik will lead the Daredevils.  Although his finger has been strapped for the past one week, Pietersen had batted in the nets and also faced throwdowns during the three-day session at the Airforce ground in Palam before boarding the Dubai-bound flight.


“Kevin still a few days away so he won’t be considered for tomorrow. It is obviously a setback because he’s an important player in our setup and an important player in any team. It is a difficult situation,” Delhi’s assistant coach Eric Simmons was quoted as saying by the Guardian.


Team’s CEO Hemant Dua said that there is no such information with him that Pietersen won’t be available for the first match, contrary to reports in some quarters “I have not received any information as yet that KP won’t be playing the first match. I will get to know better once I reach there tomorrow. We have a practice match tomorrow,” Dua told PTI.


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