Left-handed top-order batsman, Usman Khawaja, has additionally opened up in regards to the concern of racism in Australian cricket.
Born in Pakistan, Khawaja’s dad and mom moved to Australia when he was 5. The left-hander rose by the ranks and made his manner into Australia’s nationwide cricket workforce.
Making his worldwide debut in 2011, Khawaja has performed 93 worldwide matches for Australia. He was a part of the Ashes-winning squad final 12 months.
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The ‘Lazy’ Tag
In a latest interview with cricket.com.au, the 33-year-old revealed that he’s also known as a ‘lazy’ cricketer, partly due to his sub-continent background.
I at all times had that ‘lazy’ undertone once I was rising up, and I feel a part of that was my relaxed nature, however a part of it was additionally as a result of I used to be Pakistani.
Khawaja famous that subcontinent individuals are seen as lazy, as they ‘keep away from doing the laborious yards and whatnot.’ He stated working has by no means been his forte which is the explanation why he’s not so good as others in the course of the health periods.
If you put that towards the place I used to be from, that did play towards me. I prefer to suppose we’re beginning to transfer on from that, however there’s undoubtedly nonetheless that undertone … I nonetheless hear (related stereotypes), if somebody’s a bit totally different.
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Lengthy Solution to Go
Khawaja acknowledged the variety in Australian cricket however famous that it was removed from excellent. In keeping with him, sub-continent cricketers haven’t but made their mark in Australian cricket and nonetheless have an extended strategy to go.
Khawaja additionally wished to grow to be a job mannequin to be regarded upon by youngsters coming from totally different cultural backgrounds.