On 9 July 2011, Sydney Thunder added one of Australia’s most exciting batsmen to its squad, signing Usman Khawaja for the inaugural season of the KFC Big Bash League.
Nearly ten seasons later, the 33-year-old remains the club's only foundation player.
In 42 matches he’s amassed 1,380 runs, hit a highest score of 109 not out and boasts a strike-rate of 129.33.
Khawaja was a driving force in Thunder’s BBL|05 title victory, cementing him as one of the Thunder Nation's most popular players.
The dangerous left-hander posted 109no, 62, 104no and 70 in his only four innings at a strike-rate of 163.5 to lead the club to its maiden trophy.
Check out his incredible semi-final innings in the video below.
In December 2019, Khawaja reaffirmed his commitment to the Thunder Nation, signing on for another four seasons.
“It’s close to my heart, I love playing at Sydney Thunder,” said Khawaja.
“I love coming back to Sydney – my family is here – but it’s very special to play cricket and to have our families around after a game.”
Thunder coach Shane Bond was thrilled that Khawaja had signed on.
“He’s a highly respected player – the boys love him – he’s a genuine leader, has many outstanding qualities and I respect that he tells you what he thinks because that’s right up my alley,” said Bond.
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