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IPL 9: I better go home, says Usman Khawaja

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published May 6, 2016, 1:46 pm IST
Updated May 6, 2016, 1:46 pm IST
Rising Pune Supergiants spelt the Australian’s name wrong in his jersey.
Usman Khawaja in action for Rising Pune Supergiants against Delhi Daredevils in New Delhi on Thursday. (Photo: BCCI)
 Usman Khawaja in action for Rising Pune Supergiants against Delhi Daredevils in New Delhi on Thursday. (Photo: BCCI)

Mumbai: IPL is not only about cricket. There are cheerleaders, sponsors and jerseys and international players whose names are spelt wrong. Australia batsman Usman Khawaja – Rising Pune Supergiants’ latest recruit – is a victim.

His jersey, number 100, printed his name as ‘Khwaja’ and not ‘Khawaja’ which is his original surname.

 

It looks like the Australian is upset at the faux pas; he tweeted: “I better go home.”

Names are a sensitive issue with cricketers. Once Glenn McGrath, who was close to playing his 200th ODI, was furious for his jersey had ‘McGarth’ written on it.

Nonetheless, Khawaja is a bright prospect for the injury-hit Pune franchise led by MS Dhoni. The left-handed opener is explosive and can provide good starts upfront provided he is called Khawaja by his teammates.

 

He scored a handy 30 off 27 balls on Thursday when Pune beat Delhi Daredevils by seven wickets.

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