Kevin Pietersen was unable to have the desired impact for the Melbourne Stars
Pietersen left the field during Melbourne Stars' BBL crucial clash with Perth Scorchers.
The former England talisman had batted without any apparent hindrance in the first innings although he had only managed five runs off 10 balls as the Stars limped to 136 off their 20 overs.
However, he left the field as the Scorchers set about their run-chase in earnest, complaining of a sore hamstring.
Kevin Pietersen appeared fine while batting but came off with a hamstring injury while fielding
Fellow England international Ian Bell lined up against Kevin Pietersen in the BBL semi-final
Pietersen was unceremoniously dropped by England over personality issues in the dressing room back in 2014.
The South African-born batsman was sacked after 281 appearances across all three formats of the game.
And the 36-year-old now plies his trade as a T20 specialists, offering his services as a gun for hire across the globe.
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His latest engagement saw him play eight times for the Melbourne outfit and score 268 runs from just 209 balls.
But the tournament ends this weekend and Pietersen will be hoping that the hamstring injury is not serious with the IPL auction looming on February 4.
The competition does not start until April 5 but the bombastic batsman is hoping to win a contract after being released by Rising Pune Supergiants, his 2016 franchise, last month.
Pietersen has had his fair share of injuries – the latter part of his England career was blighted by a persistent Achilles problem and he missed much of last year after tearing a calf muscle during the IPL.
It means any team forking out for Pietersen's services will have to weigh up the cost against the risk of his hamstring re-injuring or not recovering in time.