Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja, who hails from Rawalpindi, Pakistan, said that the only thing he didn’t like during the first Test between Pakistan and Australia being played at the venue, was that the crowd cheered after he was dismissed 3 short of his century.
The Australian players have been happy with the hospitality shown by the Pakistani crowd who have cheered them and also had fun with the visitors. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) shared a video on their Instagram account of Australian players engaging in light-hearted discussions with the Pakistani crowd in the stadium.
You Cheered When The DRS Showed I Was Out (Smiles)..That’s The Only Thing I Didn’t Like: Usman Khawaja
Khawaja, who was born in Pakistan, can be seen in the video, jokingly taunting the crowd for cheering when he was dismissed on 97 via Decision Review System (DRS). He expressed his gratitude towards Rawalpindi and Islamabad for their hospitality.
He said: “Thank you, Pindi, Thank you, Islamabad. Crowd has been really good. Everyone has supported us here. You cheered when the DRS showed I was out (smiles)..that’s the only thing I didn’t like.”
In the same video, Marnus Labuschagne is seen repeatedly pronouncing his name “Marrnusss, Marrnuss”. He was also seen having a conversation with Pakistan skipper Babar Azam, who was busy looking at the Australian’s bat. Also, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Sajid Khan can be seen engaging in conversation with the visiting players.
Here is the video:
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On the fourth day’s play, Shaheen removed the dangerous-looking Labuschagne for a 158-ball 90. The Australian right-hander in an attempt to drive a wide full-length delivery ended up giving a catch to Abdullah Shafique, bringing joy to Shaheen and the Pakistani team.
Khawaja, the left-handed opener missed out on a century on his homecoming as he was adjudged caught at forwarding short-leg for 97. His opening partner David Warner had missed his chance at a century after he was dismissed for 96 runs as well, as the duo put on 156 runs for the opening wicket.