Rising Pune Supergiants replaces Faf du Plessis with Usman Khawaja

The Rising Pune Supergiants administration were in for another stun on Thursday when sweeps uncovered their star opener Faf du Plessis has acquired a finger crack and has been discounted of IPL season 9.Rising Pune Supergiants have signed Australia batsman Usman Khawaja as a replacement player, following injuries of Faf du Plessis finger

“One of our mainstays du Plessis has injured his finger during the course of the last match and has returned to South Africa for further treatment. We wish him speedy recovery,” coach Stephen Fleming said in a statement in Pune.

“We are glad to have roped in Usman Khawaja in the team.”

“His presence will definitely be an advantage to the team and could be pivotal in bolstering the position of the side in the tournament,” he added.

Khawaja called up for World T20 in the Australian squad for his stunning performance in KFC Big Bash League 2015-16 where he scored 2 centuries and 2 half-centuries for his name in his 4 matches.

Du Plessis is the second RPS overseas player after Kevin Pietersen to be ruled out for the season.

“His imperious form for the Sydney Thunders in the Big Bash League victory last season and being the leading run-scorer for Australia, for the recently-concluded World T20, has made us sit up and notice. His style of play is perfect for the T20 format,” Fleming said.

Usman Khawaja was the top performer for Australia in World T20 2016 held in India. Khawaja was the consistent player for Australia in World T20 with 143 runs in four matches at an average and strike rate of 35.75 and 137.50.

After giving great performance for his team he still remains unsold in Indian Premier League 2016 season but he gets a chance to play for Rising Pune Super Giants as a Pune lost his both overseas batsmen Kevin Pietersen and Faf du Plessis. he expressed his statement in the recent interview.

“I’m not the kind of guy that needs to hit a lot of balls to feel good,” Khawaja said “I hit a few balls today, I’ll hit a few balls again and I’ll be ready to go.

“Even during the season, I don’t hit a lot of balls. At training, I’m usually out (of the nets) pretty quick. I do all my bulk training out of season. I didn’t feel too much different. That’s a good thing – I was still whacking them, I still felt good. I’m pretty confident (of performing immediately). At the end of the day you’ve just got to watch the ball.”

 

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