Supergiants sign Khawaja for rest of IPL


Australia batsman Usman Khawaja has been called up by the Rising Pune Supergiants for rest of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season following injuries to Faf du Plessis and Kevin Pietersen.

Pietersen was ruled out of the tournament after tearing his calf muscle while Du Plessis suffered a similar fate when he broke a finger and returned home.

The left-handed Khawaja has a had a stellar Australian summer with the bat, cementing his position in the national side in all three formats of the game.

Khawaja was Australia's leading run scorer in the recent World T20 in India with 143 runs in four matches at an average and strike rate of 35.75 and 137.50 while he also hit two centuries in four games in the Big Bash League for the Sydney Thunder.

Supergiants coach Stephen Fleming said: "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.

"His imperious form for the Sydney Thunder 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."

The Supergiants have struggled in their maiden IPL season, only winning two of their first six games.