Usman Khawaja flies a Qantas Airbus A380: The Australian southpaw put on display his skills as a qualified pilot.
Australia batsman Usman Khawaja recently made public his flying skills. A qualified pilot, Khawaja got a chance to ride an Airbus A380 with one of Australian cricket team’s sponsor in Qantas.
In the video which was uploaded on the official Twitter account of Cricket Australia, it lets people watch the southpaw flying a plane and also talk about how his fascination with planes started.
“I traveled a lot as a kid. My dad worked in Saudi Arabia for about 5-6 years, so I use to travel back and forth to see them and then come back here to play cricket. I just grew a fascination with planes.
As I was coming towards the end, year 11-12, I thought ‘what about flying’. I found UNSW [University of New South Wales – School of Aviation], which offered both a degree to make my mother happy and get my license to get my wings,” Khawaja was quoted as saying.
“Flying helped me in terms of cricket”
Relating flying with cricket, the left-handed batsman mentioned that he implies the discipline learnt during his graduation in his batting as well. “I think flying helped me a lot in terms of cricket. Probably the biggest way was discipline and keeping up with the learning, making sure you are on top of any changes that have happened.
“There are a lot of things that go hand in hand between flying and especially playing Test cricket. The discipline part of flying and discipline of being a sportsman, especially being a cricketer and being a batsman, I think there are a lot of similarities,” he added.
Watch the full video below:
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 20, 2019
Read some of the latest Twitter reactions on the same below:
guess this means they cant drop him for ashes because hes the one flying them over?
— Blake Robinson (@Robbo_1990) February 20, 2019
Usman – Pilot 😱😱
— Astrologer (@krsnaastrology) February 20, 2019
You are champion 👍
— Irfan Ali (@Irfantarar101) February 20, 2019
Good on you mate.
— Ali (@Alibaba842711) February 20, 2019