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Usman Khawaja in line to replace Kevin Pietersen in IPL

Usman Khawaja in line to replace Kevin Pietersen in IPL
Usman Khawaja had a phenomenal Big Bash tournament in 2015.
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Rising Pune Supergiants coach Stephen Fleming has confirmed that the franchise is looking to replace Kevin Pietersen with Australian batsman Usman Khawaja in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).

Earlier this month, Pietersen was ruled out of the IPL with a calf injury which is expected to keep him away from the game till November.

After the game against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday, Fleming confirmed that Khawaja was very high on their priority list of players in line to replace Pietersen.

“He (Khawaja) is a guy we are surely looking at,” said Fleming.

“There is a shortlist we are working through so looking at availability and Visas and the likes, but he is certainly a guy we are interested in.”

Khawaja has been in excellent form across all formats of the game and in the latest season of the Big Bash League he smashed two fifties and two centuries in four games for the Sydney Thunder.

With 345 runs from four innings for the Sydney Thunder at an incredible average of 172.50, Khawaja was the second highest run-scorer in the entire tournament.

This superior form of Khawaja led to his selection in the 2016 ICC World Twenty20, where he finished as Australia’s best batsman with 143 runs from four games.

Having secured their second win of the tournament from six matches on Tuesday, Rising Pune Supergiants are currently placed sixth in the points table.

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