383 runs at an average of 76.60, a strike rate of 86.60, two hundred and two fifties – Usman Khawaja had a dream ODI series against India. He batted at the top of his game and he was the major difference between the two sides. The southpaw opener believes it is a huge accomplishment for him to be awarded the Man of the series in India.
In fact, Usman Khawaja was not even picked in the ODI squad in the last year. However, he was able to turn the tables in 2019 as he brought his best to the table in the series against India. The southpaw opener gave good starts to his team and he was instrumental in Australia’s 3-2 triumph.
Khawaja takes confidence from his show.
Khawaja said it is huge for them to win a series in the Indian conditions. The left-hander said in the post-match press conference, “It is a huge achievement to win a series in India. It is a tough place to come and play cricket. To come back from 2-0 down and then win the series is a great feeling. Even when we lost the first two games there was a lot of good vibes and we were all having fun outside of it. Everyone really gelled well together to get the result we wanted.”
Usman Khawaja said it is pleasing when the individual’s performance helps the team in winning the match. Thus, it is always a good feeling to contribute to the team’s success.
“The feeling good but never take an anything for granted. To be honest I am enjoying the wins. It hurts when you score runs but the team doesn’t win,” he said before adding, “From the personal point of view it is huge, to be the man of the series. I wasn’t in the ODI side this time last year. Really satisfying that I could contribute and take my side to victory.”
Meanwhile, Khawaja revealed that playing in the subcontinent conditions helped him in getting acclimatised to the conditions. Khawaja was at his best and reaped fruits for his good form.
“Being in these conditions helped us a lot. Playing in Dubai, playing an India A series, just being around these conditions have helped us a team. There are things that I have worked on. I did use the sweeps and reverse sweeps in the Test tour to UAE. Just assess the wicket then play shots according to it. It’s that simple.”
Usman Khawaja played a key role in Australia’s success and he would have taken a lot of confidence from his performance. Australia will now take on Pakistan in five-match series in the UAE.