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Usman Khawaja

Batting style:
Left Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm medium
Played for:
Australia, Queensland, Australia A, Derbyshire, Lancashire, New South Wales, Australia Under-19, Sydney Thunder, Rising Pune Supergiants
Roles played:
Batsman
ICC Rank:
Batting:
34
Bowling:
0
Batting:
89
Bowling:
0
Batting:
54
Bowling:
0
Home country:
Australia
Born:
December 18, 1986, Islamabad, Pakistan

Profile

Very few people would give up a career as a qualified pilot to pursue their passion in sport. Usman Khawaja can be classified as such a rarity. Born in Pakistan, Khawaja became the first Muslim cricketer to have been selected in the Australian national team.

Migrating from Pakistan at a very young age, Khawaja first picked up the tricks of the trade at Randwick Petersham, a club on the outskirts of New South Wales. He made his first-class debut for New South Wales against Victoria at the age of 22. He scored a masterly 85, batting with the tail where he displayed maturity beyond his age. A fine left-handed batsman, Khawaja is blessed with a rock solid defence and displays good footwork. He is equally adept at playing spin and fast bowling.

Khawaja finished the 2008-09 domestic season at an average of 42.61 and started 2009-10 with three centuries in the Sheffield Shield tournament. He earned his Test call-up in 2010 against Pakistan in England. Many have questioned if a player who has just completed two years in domestic cricket should be thrown at the deep end. However, Australian selectors insisted that he has the technique to make it to the big stage. Sceptics, however label him in the Test mould. Khawaja, in his defence, believes he is flexible enough to mould himself in all three formats of the game.
 


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 17 29 1145 3 44.03 54.16 4 3 174
ODI 12 11 325 1 32.50 82.27 0 3 98
T20 7 7 199 0 28.42 137.24 0 1 58
IPL 6 6 127 0 21.16 127.00 0 0 30
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 13 0 0
ODI 2 0 2
T20 4 0 0
IPL 1 0 0

Career

Span:
Test:
2011-2016
 
ODI:
2013-2016
 
T20:
2016-2016
 
IPL:
2016-2016
Test
Debut:
Australia Vs England at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney - Jan 03, 2011
Last played:
Australia Vs Sri Lanka at Galle International Stadium, Galle - Aug 04, 2016
ODI
Debut:
Australia Vs Sri Lanka at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne - Jan 11, 2013
Last played:
Australia Vs West Indies at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados - Jun 26, 2016
T20
Debut:
Australia Vs India at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney - Jan 31, 2016
Last played:
Australia Vs India at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali - Mar 27, 2016
IPL
Debut:
Rising Pune Supergiants Vs Delhi at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi - May 05, 2016
Last played:
Rising Pune Supergiants Vs Punjab at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam - May 21, 2016
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