Australia’s veteran opener, Usman Khawaja has proved his mettle in Test cricket yet again.
He has now become the 4th Australian to score 150+ runs in India.
The first Australian to do so was Jim Burke who got this feat in the year 1956 in Mumbai.
After him, it was Graham Yallot who scored these many runs in the year 1979 in Kolkata.
Furthermore, the last batter to do so is Matthew Hayden who is right now on commentary duties for this series.
Hayden scored 203 runs against India in the 2001 Kolkata Test and now it is Usman Khawaja after two decades.
Khawaja kept a cool head against a quality Indian bowling attack when he came out to bat in the 4th Test.
Furthermore, he had almost reached 180 runs and was looking to go to 200 when he was dismissed lbw today.
Moreover, he got great support from Cameron Green at the other end who also scored his maiden ton.
Usman Khawaja happy with his first ton in India; says he wasn’t thought of as a fit player for spin
Although Khawaja has been playing consistently for Australia in the recent past, he was quite often dropped from the squad when they went on an India tour.
The reason cited for the same was that he wasn’t a fit enough player to play spin.
But now, he’s in the squad and has shown quite some brilliance today with the bat.
Said Khawaja yesterday after reaching his ton,
Throughout the middle of my career, I got told I couldn’t play spin and that’s why I never got an opportunity to play in India. It’s just nice to go out there and tick off a hundred in India which was something if you asked me five years ago if you told me that I would think you were crazy.
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