|Usman Khawaja Quick Information|
|height||5 feet 9 inches|
|Date of birth||18 December 1986|
|Husband or wife||Rachel McClellan|
Usman Khawaja is an Australian professional cricketer who has represented his country in all 3 formats of the game (Test, ODI and T20I). After making his international debut in January 2011, he had played only 44 Tests, 40 ODIs and 9 T20Is till December 2012. Due to a combination of indifferent form and poor fitness, he played sporadically for Australia and was not selected. For an international match after August 2019 (until December 2022). Before entering the senior national team in 2011, he helped Australia reach the semi-finals of 2006 Under-19 ICC Cricket World Cup, In the Australian domestic circuit, he has played for New South Wales (2007–08–2011–12) and Queensland (2012–13–present) in all 3 formats. A rare occurrence in modern cricket, Usman has also played domestic cricket outside his home country, representing teams such as Derbyshire County Cricket Club (2011-2012), Lancashire County Cricket Club (2014), and Glamorgan County Cricket Club (2018) in England. A dynamic top-order batsman, he has been featured in franchise-based T20 leagues across the world, replacing him for Sydney Thunder in (2011-12-present) bbl (Big Bash League); Rising Pune Supergiants (2016) in IPL (Indian Premier League); And Islamabad United in (2022) PSL (Pakistan Super League).
name at birth
Usman Tariq Khawaja
Islamabad, Punjab, Pakistan
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Usman had attended Westfields Sports High School, located in Fairfield West, a western suburb of Sydney, a government funded secondary school specializing in sports. After graduating high school, he joined University of New South Wales, a public research university in Sydney. He did his bachelor’s degree in aviation from there.
- father – Tariq Khawaja
- Mother — Foziya Tariq
- siblings Arsalan Khawaja (Older Brother), Nauman Khawaja (Brother)
Right-arm off break / medium
- 1 – Test Match, One Day International (ODI), T20 International (T20I)
- 18 – Queensland / Queensland Bulls (Australian domestic cricket), Sydney Thunder (BBL)
- 99 – Islamabad United (PSL), Lancashire County Cricket Club (English Domestic Cricket), Glamorgan County Cricket Club (English Domestic Cricket)
5 feet 9 inches or 175.5 cm
73 kg or 161 lbs
girlfriend / spouse
Usman has dated –
- Rachel McClellan (2016-Present) – Usman got engaged to his long-term girlfriend Rachel McClellan in December 2016 and the couple got married on April 6, 2018. They have a daughter named Ayesha Rahil Khawaja (b. July 2020).
Caste / Ethnicity
He is of Pakistani origin.
- toned physique
- clipped hair
- often sports a light stub
- mole on right cheek
Usman is sponsored by –
- Nike, Inc.
- DSC Cricket
- Luxicar Australia (car rental service)
Usman Khawaja Facts
- Born in Islamabad, Pakistan, Usman and his family moved to Australia at the age of 5. The family had settled in the state of New South Wales.
- He is a qualified commercial and instrument-rated pilot and had already obtained his original pilot’s license prior to his driving license.
- When he made his international debut in January 2011 Ashes In a Test match against England, he became the first Muslim and the first Pakistani-born cricketer to represent Australia at senior level. He was the 7th foreign-origin cricketer to represent Australia in the last 80 years.
- In a strange coincidence, his international debut for Australia in all 3 formats was in Tests in January – January 2011, ODIs in January 2013 and T20Is in January 2016.
- Before the third match of Australia’s bilateral away Test series against India in March 2013, he was one of the 4 players who were suspended by the team management for a breach of discipline.
- in the 2015-16 session of bbl, he was the second highest run-scorer in the tournament (345 runs at an incredible average of 172.5 and an astonishing strike rate of 163.5), despite playing just 4 of his team’s 10 matches (the second and last match of the league). stage, semi-finals and final). His scores in those matches were 109 not out (70 balls), 62 (42), 104 not out (59) and 70 (40).
- He was named ‘Player of the Match’ in the second of all those matches. his valor had helped him Sydney Thunder The franchise won the title, their first in the history of the tournament. What was even more special about the win was that the team had finished 8th, 8th, 8th and 7th in the previous 4 editions of the 8-team competition.
- In November 2016, when he scored 145 runs in Australia’s first innings of their Day-Night Test match against South Africa, he became the first Australian cricketer to score a century in a Day-Night Test match.
- In October 2018, he scored 141 off 302 balls in the second innings of the first Test match of Australia’s bilateral Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates. Chasing an impossible target of 462 runs, his heroic effort helped Australia save a memorable draw at 362/8 in 139.5 overs. Thus, he became only the 5th Australian batsman to score a fourth innings century in a Test match in Asia. The 302 balls he faced in his innings was the most balls faced by Australia in a Test match in Asia in the fourth innings, as well as the number of balls faced by any batsman in the fourth innings in the United Arab Emirates. Had the most balls. Usman also scored 85 runs in Australia’s first innings in that match. With a total of 229 runs, he was the highest run-scorer in both the teams in the 2-match series.
- In November 2020, his elder brother Arslan was sentenced to four and a half years in prison for using a fake terror plot to implicate an associate.
Featured image by Usman Khawaja / Instagram