England batsman Kevin Pietersen has been ruled out of rest of England’s World Cup campaign because of hernia problem on Monday.
Pietersen who is 30-year-old will be replaced by Middlesex batsman Eoin Morgan.
England had hoped Pietersen would play through the pain before having hernia surgery after the tournament.
But the decision was taken to fly him back to home on Monday after he struggled in the field during the six-run win over South Africa on Sunday.
England coach Andy Flower told international news channel: “The medical advice was that he could get through the tournament.
“The hernia problem that he had would not get significantly worse and he wasn’t going to tear anything so we hoped that he would get through the tournament ok, take pain killers when needed and bite the bullet.
“Unfortunately he says that the pain is too debilitating and he can’t go on like that, so it’s a pretty simple decision in replacing him.”
The hernia problem was initially discovered after an MRI scan following Pietersen’s return to England after the post-Ashes one-day series in Australia, which the home side won 6-1.
Before Sunday’s game, Pietersen had shown signs of returning to the form that resulted in him equalling the record as the fastest player to score 1000 one-day runs, notching up 129 runs in England’s first three World Cup games.
Opening the batting with captain Andrew Strauss he scored 39 against the Netherlands, 31 against India and 59 in the defeat to Ireland, before making only two runs in Sunday’s Group B win in Chennai, though he did manage to bowl eight overs.
On his departure from the tournament, Pietersen told his Twitter page: “Absolutely devastated!! Sad to leave India. Love the people & the hospitality!” Agencies