Sharjah: Delhi Daredevils suffered a big jolt ahead of their Indian Premier League campaign as captain Kevin Pietersen was on Wednesday ruled out of their opening match on Thursday against Royal Challengers Bangalore here due to a finger injury. Pietersen, who was bought by Daredevils for USD 1.5 million (Rs 9 crore), had sustained an injury on his right hand little finger during fielding drills with Surrey at The Oval last month.
Vice-captain Dinesh Karthik (extreme right in picture) will lead the team on Thursday, Daredevils assistant coach Eric Simons said. "He (Pietersen) did not play in the practice match and he won't be considered for tomorrow's game. Dinesh Karthik will captain the side," Simons said.
"It is a setback for us because he is an important player in our set-up. It's a bit of a jolt for us, but what we did well during the auction was that we made sure we had covered all areas. I think we have got ample replacements about who we can consider during such situations and that was one of the strengths of the squad that we have put together," he said. (Also read: Srinivasan taking 'unilateral' decisions, 'rebel' BCCI members want emergency meeting)