Kevin Pietersen’s cup of woes is slipping over at the moment as the England all rounder suffered a second injury during a freak incident in training ahead of the fifth India England ODI at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
Kevin Pietersen was not even sure he was going to make the England ODI squad for India. Having been rested – some say, injury – for the home ODI series against the same opposition, there were doubts whether Kevin Pietersen was being deliberated overlooked so as to look as other options ahead of the next ICC Cricket World Cup in 2015. However, Pietersen stated his firm intentions of playing all three formats, particularly the one day format until the next edition of the World Cup.
The decision then to select Kevin Pietersen for the India tour was considered a rethink on the part of the England selectors after the likes of Stuart Broad and Eoin Morgan, two of England’s rising stars, were rendered injured. However, it would appear that while Pietersen was making a case for himself once more, misfortune has struck him once more.
If a wrist injury was cited as reason why Pietersen did not feature in the home series, a fractured thumb on his left hand during the fourth India England ODI at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai – which incidentally England lost, their fourth match on the trot and in danger of a whitewash going into the fifth ODI – had ruled him out of the final contest in India. But that was not enough for Pietersen as a freak incident where a stray ball during the England practice session managed to find his thumb once more, sailing over the head of bowling coach, Mushtaq Ahmed, to land straight on Pietersen’s sore thumb. Although it did not affect the decision of whether Pietersen would participate or not, the double blow was certainly not a nice omen.