Durban: Kings XI Punjab have reportedly roped in Sri Lankan all-rounder Nuwan Kulasekara as a replacement for Australian Shaun Marsh.
Marsh injured his left hamstring during country's ongoing ODI series against Pakistan and UAE will fly home on Thursday from UAE.
Marsh absence will surely affect the chances of Kings' XI Punjab as he was the highest run scorer in last season's IPL with an average of 68.44 in 11 innings that included a hundred and five half-centuries.
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Kulasekera is currently the No. 1 bowler in the ICC ODI rankings, said he is working on his batting as well.
"My prime target is pushing my ODI average over 25 by giving the team consistent runs. Obviously Shaun batted brilliantly last year and I feel sorry for him having to pull out, but I can't wait to get started in the IPL and I look forward to making some good contributions to the Kings XI," said Marsh.