Before the recent Indo-Australia series Usman Khawaja was considered just another mediocre Australian batsman among Indian diaspora struggling to secure his place in the team, but post series he has evolved into a nightmare for the bowlers and an outstanding to watch out during the Cricket World Cup 2019.
In the recent series he scored 383 runs in 5 ODI’s at an average of 76.6, which includes 2 electrifying hundreds and 2 scintillating fifties. No Indian fan can forget Usman Khawaja match winning hundred in the 5th ODI, when the southpaw won the match single-handedly for the team.
The more you see him play, the more you become curious to debunk his lifestyle, work ethics and key moments in his life.
Interesting Facts about Usman Khawaja
# FACT 1 – Usman Khawaja is the first Muslim cricketer to have played for Australia at the international level.
# FACT 2 – Usman Khawaja made his debut for New South Wales and scored back to back double tons knocking the international doors.
# FACT 3 – Usman Khawaja was born on 8th December 1986 in Islamabad, Pakistan, but later his family shifted to New South Wales.
# FACT 4 – Apart from being a cricketer, he is also a commercial pilot. When young ones run after getting their driving license made, he got his commercial pilot license at a tender age.
# FACT 5 – Usman Khawaja has been awarded Player of the Australia Under 19 championship in 2005 and also was an essential member of the Under 19 Cricket World Cup in Sri Lanka.
# FACT 6 – Usman Khawaja is a music lover and a lead guitarist. In his free time he loves watching movies. He has a sublime love for Golf and is the ambassador of Brisbane Golf club.
# FACT 7 – He made his international debut on 22nd June 2010 against Pakistan in a two test series against England.
# FACT 8 – He scored his maiden century (174 runs) against New Zealand on 5th November 2015.
# FACT 9 – He is the first ever batsmen to score a test century in a day night test match in Australia.
# FACT 10 – During the 2012-13 Border Gavaskar series in 2013 Usman Khawaja was suspended with few more cricketers for breaching team protocols.