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jayant   |  2022-01-07

Usman Khwaja: 15 Superbly Interesting Facts You Need To Know (2022)

The first Muslim cricketer to represent Australia in test matches, Usman Khwaja is probably one of the most elegant left-handed batsmen of the modern era.

Born on December 18, 1986, Usman Khawaja, with his stylish batting has impressed both fans and cricket pundits all over the world

After a long gap, he has made his return to the Australian test side in the 2021-22 Ashes series and scored a superb century against England in the Sydney Cricket Ground.

So today, we have listed down some interesting facts about this classy southpaw.

Pic credits: AFP

1) Usman Khawaja was born in Islamabad in Pakistan, and his family shifted to Australia in his early years.

2) Khawaja is a licensed commercial pilot and got his pilot license even before getting his driving license.

He got his bachelor’s degree in Aviation from the University of New South Wales (NSW).

3) In 2005, Khawaja represented the Australian team in the 2006 U-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka as an opening batsman.

4) In 2008, Usman scored 85 runs on his First-Class debut for New South Wales, and in the same year, he scored consecutive double centuries for the NSW Second XI.

5) On January 3, 2011, Khawaja made his Test debut against England at Sydney in the Ashes 2010-11, replacing an injured Ricky Ponting.

By doing so, he became the seventh foreign-born cricketer to play for Australia in international cricket.

6) In 2011, Khwaja was also the second-highest run-scorer (345 runs) in the BBL, with a mind-blowing average of 172.50.

7) After making his Test debut in 2011, Khawaja opted for English county cricket and withdrew his name from the IPL auction

Playing for Derbyshire, he averaged 39.87 with the bat and scored a century (135) against Kent.

8) During the 2012-13 Border-Gavaskar series, Khawaja along with James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson, and Shane Watson, were suspended from the side

9) English county club Lancashire signed Khawaja as an overseas player for the 2014 county season

Khwaja instantly proved his worth by scoring 86 runs on his debut match against Durham.

10) In August 2015, replacing James Hopes, Khawaja became the captain of the Queensland cricket team.

11) On 5 November 2015, Usman Khwaja scored his maiden Test century against New Zealand ( 174 runs, 16 four, 2 sixes ) at the Gabba

12) In 2016, against South Africa, Khwaja scored a 145 runs inning at the Adelaide Oval and became the first Australian batsman to score a Test century in a Day-Night Test matches

13) On 31 January 2016, Khwaja made his T20I debut for Australia against India and was named in Australia’s squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup

14) In the 2019 Ashes series, he returned with poor scores of 13, 40, 36, 2, 8, and 23, and failed to convince the Australian team management

So, Steve Smith replaced Khawaja, whereas Marnus Labuschagne replaced him at the crucial No.3 position.

15) After a long gap, he made a comeback to the Australian cricket team in the 2021-22 Ashes series at the SCG

He answered his critics with the bat and scored a superb century (137 off 260 balls ) against England in the Sydney Cricket Ground

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