Australia batter Usman Khawaja was not a part of the first two batches of Aussies that left for India. He could not reach India on Tuesday night due to a delay in obtaining the visa. Although the visa has been issued to him, reportedly the delay happened because of the unavailability of its physical copy.
Reacting to the same, the Islamabad-born Khawaja shared a funny meme on his Instagram with the caption: “Me waiting for my Indian visa be like…#stranded #dontleaveme #standard #anytimenow.”
Khawaja has toured India many times in the past, but this was not the first time he faced issues pertaining to the visa. In 2011, he was denied the same to play in the Champions League T20 but later, the government’s intervention solved the problem.
The 36-year-old will now join his team along with some of the team support staff on Thursday. The Aussies are also going to have a four-day practice session in Bengaluru before they’ll fly to Nagpur for the much-awaited first Test against Rohit Sharma‘s men on February 9. After the Test match, the two teams will lock horns for the three-match ODI series starting March 17.
The left-handed opener Khawaja is going to play a key role for his team against India’s lethal spin attacks. He topped the list of most run-scorers for Australia since rejoining the team last year in January. In 11 matches, he scored 1080 runs, including four centuries and five half-centuries, with a highest of a 160-run knock and an average of 67.60.
He recently won the inaugural Shane Warne Men’s Test Player of the Year award, which was held in Sydney on Monday morning. He was also a part of the ICC Test Team of the Year. In 98 Test innings, Khawaja has amassed 4162 runs with a highest of an unbeaten 195, which he recently scored against South Africa. He has 13 centuries and 19 half-centuries to his name so far.
Before flying to India, Australia had a two-day camp in Sydney where they practiced on a specially prepared, spin-friendly track. Khawaja and other members weren’t part of the camp owing to their participation in the Big Bash League (BBL).
Gouri Das is a cricket writer at FirstSportz. Despite always being a sporty kid, she disliked being inactive in one place for a long time to watch a match. But after the Ind vs Pak match of the 2016 Asia Cup, she rather got glued to the TV screen. That year she watched the major cricket tournaments, WWE matches, and the Olympics (especially Usain Bolt's races). After reading about the big names in tennis and becoming an ardent follower, she dreams of visiting Wimbledon one day.
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