Usman Khawaja Biography | Career And Achievement

Usman Khawaja is a Pakistani-born Australian cricketer who currently represents  Australia and Queensland. He is a World famous Top order Batsman, plays for Australia National Cricket Team. He played as Left handed batsman and Right-arm medium Bowler. Khawaja has played county cricket for Derbyshire, Glamorgan, and Lancashire, and Twenty20 cricket in the Indian Premier League for the Rising Pune Supergiant franchise.

Usman Khawaja Biography | Career And Achievement

Personal information
Full name Usman Tariq Khawaja
Born 18 December 1986 (age 32)
Islamabad, Pakistan
Nickname Uzzie, Khawajy, Big Uz
Height 177 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Batting Left-handed
Bowling Right-arm off break
Role Top order batsman
International information
National side
  • Australia (2011–present)
Test debut (cap 419) 3 January 2011 v England
Last Test 1 February 2019 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 199) 11 January 2013 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 22 March 2019 v Pakistan
ODI shirt no. 1
T20I debut (cap 80) 31 January 2016 v India
Last T20I 9 September 2016 v Sri Lanka
T20I shirt no. 1
Domestic team information
Years Team
2007–2012 New South Wales
2012 Derbyshire
2011–present Sydney Thunder
2012–present Queensland
2014–2015 Lancashire
2016–2017 Rising Pune Supergiant
2018 Glamorgan
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 41 26 137 94
Runs scored 2,765 966 9,499 4,021
Batting average 42.53 42.00 43.77 47.30
100s/50s 8/14 2/7 28/45 12/22
Top score 174 104 214 166
Balls bowled 12 162
Wickets 0 1
Bowling average 103.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 1/21
Catches/stumpings 32/– 8/– 103/– 33/–

Early Life:- 

Usman Khawaja Biography
Usman Khawaja Biography

Usman Tariq Khawaja was born on ” 18 December 1986 in Islamabad, Pakistan”. His father’s name “Tariq Khawaja” and mother’s name “Fozia”. He has two brothers “Nauman Khawaja” and “Arsalan Khawaja”. 

 Khawaja was educated at “Westfields Sports High School” . He Completed “Bachelor’s degree in Aviation from University of New South Wales, Sydney”. He announced his engagement on “14 December 2016” on his Facebook page and subsequently married his wife Rachel on “6 April 2018” . Rachel Khawaja converted to Islam prior to their wedding. 

Domestic Career :- 

Usman khawaja biography
Usman khawaja biography

The left-handed top-order batsman Khawaja was awarded the player of the Australian Under-19 Championship in 2005 and the 2006 U-19 Cricket World Cup was also played in Australia as an opening batsman in Sri Lanka.

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He made his first class debut for the New South Wales Blues in 2008. In the same year, he consistently scored double centuries for the NSW Second XI- a win achieved by an NSW player. On 22 June 2010, Cricket Australia announced that Usman Khawaja would be part of the Australian touring team to play Pakistan in two Test series in England.

Usman khawaja biography
Usman khawaja biography

Since 2011, Khawaja has played for the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League. In BBL 05, he was the second highest scorer (345 runs) and was 172.50 runs per match.

Khawaja signed a contract to play for County Side Derbyshire in the 2011 English season. He played in four county championship matches, averaging 39.87 with the bat and a century against Kent (135). After his county tenure, he scored five more Tests in 2011, scoring a half century (65) against South Africa. He was dropped from Australia’s Test team after the home series against New Zealand, making Shaun Marsh’s way back on Marsh’s return from injury.

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Lancashire signed Khawaja for the 2014 county season as an overseas player for all formats. Khawaja scored 86 in his debut against Durham but lost in the form of Lancashire by 27 runs.

He plays club cricket for Valley District Cricket Club in Brisbane.

In August 2015, Khawaja was appointed the captain of the Queensland Cricket team, in place of former captain James Hopes.

In April 2018, signed by Glamorgan County Cricket Club to play in the 2018 Vitality Blast Tournament in England.

International Career :-

Usman khawaja biography
Usman khawaja biography

Khawaja was selected as part of the 17-member Australian team for the 2010-11 Ashes series. During the third Test, Ricky Ponting fractured his finger and Khawaja was named as a stand-by if Ponting could not recover in time. He was later selected in the Australian cricket team to play in the fifth Test in Sydney on 3 January 2011 in England.

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On 3 January 2011, Khawaja became 419th Australian player with the Australian Cricket Test Baggy Green Cap. Khawaja became the first Muslim and first Pakistani-born Australian player to play Test cricket for Australia, and became the seventh foreign born cricketer to do so in the last 80 years.

Usman khawaja biography
Usman khawaja biography

Before the third Test against India in March 2013, Australia suspended Khawaja, along with James Pattinson, Shane Watson  and Mitchell Johnson following a breach of discipline. Michael Clarke, the captain, revealed that the step had been taken as a result of repeated infractions which led to Watson flying back home and contemplating Test retirement. Some former players reacted with astonishment at the decision taken by the team management. Khawaja made his Test return in the second Test of the 2013 Ashes series, replacing Ed Cowan.

In his first Test in more than two years, he made his Test debut in the first Test against New Zealand on 5 November 2015, in which he scored 174 runs with 16 fours and two sixes. He returned to his tenth Test in the status of the prestigious number 3, helped Australia win a tremendous victory. 

After returning to Test cricket, Khawaja has scored 4 centuries in 6 matches.

T20 Debut :-

Usman khawaja biography
Usman khawaja biography

He made his Twenty20 debut for Australia against Australia on 31 January 2016. 

During the 2015–16 season, Khawaja was in spectacular form for Australia and his domestic T20 franchise the Sydney Thunder, with many pundits hailing his renaissance as a batsman since being dropped from the Australian team in 2013 and recovering from an injury in 2015. He also switched to using  Kookaburra  equipment.

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Additionally, Khawaja set a record for becoming the first ever batman to score Test century in an innings of a Day-Night Test match at home and still has the record for the second highest individual score in a Day-Night Test innings.

First Test Match :-

Usman khawaja biography
Usman khawaja biography

Khawaja played his first Test match against Pakistan on December 15, 2016 in Gabba. When asked about the importance of the match, he described a moment of confusion outside the changing rooms:

Funnily enough I was waiting downstairs and I needed the change room locker to be opened for us and I was just waiting and the Queensland Cricket lady came down. She was like ‘Oh, you need the locker rooms open?’ I went ‘yes please’ and she started walking to the Pakistani change room. I was like, ‘No, I’m that way, thank you’.

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In January 2017 Khawaja dabbed in celebration of his half-century scored in a Test match against Pakistan in Sydney. His move received mixed reactions, some praised it, while others accused him of insulting his opponents.

In April 2018, he was awarded the national contract by Cricket Australia for the 2018-19 season. He played a saving innings against Pakistan in the first Test in Dubai in 2018.

Career best performances :-

Score Fixture Venue Season
Test 174 Australia v New Zealand The Gabba, Brisbane 2015/16
ODI 98 West Indies v Australia Warner Park, Basseterre 2016/17
T20I 58 Australia v Bangladesh M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore 2015/16
FC 214 South Australia v New South Wales Adelaide Oval, Adelaide 2010/11
LA 166 Queenslandv Tasmania North Sydney Oval, Sydney 2014/15
T20 109* Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder MCG, Melbourne 2015/16

International centuries :-

Usman Khawaja’s Test centuries
# Runs Match Against Venue City/Country Year Result
1 174 10  New Zealand The Gabba AustraliaBrisbane, Australia 2015 Won
2 121 11  New Zealand WACA Ground Australia Perth, Australia 2015 Drawn
3 144 12  West Indies MCG AustraliaMelbourne, Australia 2015 Won
4 140 14  New Zealand Basin Reserve New ZealandWellington, New Zealand 2016 Won
5 145 20  South Africa Adelaide Oval AustraliaAdelaide, Australia 2016 Won
6 171 29  England SCG Australia Sydney, Australia 2018 Won
7 141 34  Pakistan DCS United Arab Emirates Dubai, United Arab Emirates 2018 Drawn

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