Watch: Pat Cummin’s heartwarming gesture to Usman Khawaja has gone viral.© Instagram
Pat Cummins got off to a brilliant start to his Test captaincy career on Sunday as he led Australia to a 4-0 win over England in the 2021-22 Ashes series. Succeeding Tim Paine in that role, Cummins not only helped his side maintain the urn, but also ensured a dominant display. After the fourth Ashes Test ended in a close tie, the hosts beat Joe Root’s side in the fifth and final game, winning by 146 runs in Hobart. After the win, Cummins captured the hearts of the fans with a brilliant gesture to batter Usman Khawaja during the trophy celebration.
After getting the trophy, the Aussie players were about to open champagne bottles to squirt them on each other. But Cummins realized that Khawaja couldn’t be a part of that.
So he motioned to his teammates to keep the bottles away and asked Khawaja to join the trophy celebrations.
Here’s the video:
Pat Cummins realizes that Khawaja had to stay away because of the alcohol, so he tells his team to put it away and immediately calls Khawaja back. A very small but very nice gesturepic.twitter.com/KlRWLprbWM
— Kanav Bali (@Concussion__Sub) January 16, 2022
Khawaja is a practicing Muslim and alcohol is prohibited.
Khawaja was included in the playing XI in the fourth Test match as a replacement for Travis Head.
The 35-year-old became only the third player to score a century in both innings of a test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground, crushing 137 and 101 (not out) against England.
He also became the sixth Australian batter to score two tons in a single Ashes Test.
Despite his powerful blows, England managed to hold on to Australia and draw the fourth test match.
Khawaja kept his place in the fifth Test match but failed to replicate his form from the previous game.
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