Tue, 16 Apr 2013 15:15:00 GMT | By PTI

Pietersen is most missed foreign cricketer in IPL

The prolific batsmen is absent from the IPL due to an injury sustained during England's tour of New Zealand

Pietersen is most missed foreign cricketer in IPL (© AP)

New Delhi: Prolific England batsman Kevin Pietersen is the most missed overseas cricketer in the Indian Premier League (IPL), according to a poll conducted by sportswear giant Nike.

Of the total 3096 votes, Pietersen has garnered a staggering figure of 2208 for a percentage of 71.32, which is miles ahead of the next best player, maverick Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi, who has got 369 votes with 11.92 percentage.

The middle-order batsman was to play for the Delhi Daredevils franchise in IPL-6 but a knee injury ruled him out even before the start of the cash-rich T20 extravaganza.

Pietersen had a fruitful season with the Daredevils last season and was expected to play a vital role this time around too.

His recovery is taking longer than expected.

Pakistan's off-spinner Saeed Ajmal is third on the list with 198 votes for a percentage of 6.40.

He is followed by South Africa's Hashim Amla and burly New Zealander Jesse Ryder who had recently suffered multiple injuries after being assaulted out a bar in Christchurch.

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