Usman Khawaja “went Usain Bolt” to make his flight to India after a series of hold-ups delayed the batsman’s departure from Australia ahead of this week’s first Test.
Khawaja was forced to remain in Brisbane after not receiving a visa in time to make his scheduled flight last week, before two delayed flights further frustrated his bid to reach India.
The batter was eventually forced to race through Delhi Airport to make the final leg of his journey to Bangalore, where he met up with his Australia team-mates ahead of the four-Test tour.
“I went Usain Bolt trying to make my connection,” Khawaja told cricket.com.au. “I somehow got on that flight – the last flight of the whole night – and got here.
“From the time I left Melbourne to here it was 24 hours. That’s just life, you just have to deal with it. It’s no biggie, I’m here now and ready to go.”
While the delay meant Khawaja only managed a single training session before Australia departed for Nagpur ahead of the first Test starting on Thursday, he does not believe it will have an impact when the series gets under way.
He also shrugged off David Warner’s claim of being “exhausted” ahead of the tour, saying: “Trying to get on seven different flights to get to India, then get here – we’re all tired, we’re all fatigued.
“That’s just part and parcel of being a cricketer. Once you’re on the field, it’s just game on. It’s the same with Davey.
“I’ve scored runs a lot of times when I have been tired and fatigued, you just have to find a way sometimes. I’m sure Davey will find a way.”
India have only lost one of their last 15 men’s Tests at home to Australia, while their current run of three successive series triumphs against the Aussies is the longest in their history.
However, Australia have only lost one of their last 10 Test series (W7 D2), and they could rack up three consecutive series wins for the first time since February 2016.