AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
NEW DELHI: England batting star Kevin Pietersen flew home today after a highly successful stint in the IPL as Australia captain Michael Clarke made his debut in the Twenty20 tournament.
Pietersen, who left midway through the league to prepare for England’s home series against the West Indies, scored 305 runs at an average of 61.00 in his first season with the Delhi Daredevils. He played eight matches for the top-of-the table side.
Pietersen, who had in the past played for Royal Challengers Bangalore, will miss the last six league matches. “Sad day leaving India today,” the England star tweeted. “Will be back soon. Special thanks to Delhi Daredevils. And another thank you to the people of India.”
Clarke, who had shunned the four previous editions of the cash-rich tournament, signed up with the Pune Warriors this year for an undisclosed amount to play after Australia’s recent tour of the West Indies.
Clarke shrugged off jetleg after the long journey from the Caribbean to strike 41 off 31 balls on Tuesday, but could not prevent Pune from suffering a 13-run loss against bottom-placed Deccan Chargers in Cuttack.