In a video posted by FoxCricket on Instagram, the Australian said he thought the 2023 Border-Gavaskar Trophy match would be his last game against the former Indian skipper, so he made a memento to keep it.
Even then I felt it might be one of the last times I play against him, it might be the second last time we play him again, so I have a nice keepsake, Khawaja said.
Khawaja also talked about his first meeting with Virat and how he became his good friend.
I’ve known Virat since I was 19 years old, when I went to Brisbane Cricket Academy for the first time, he was one of the players who came from India, he said.
I drove the bus he drove and he couldn’t drive, so I substituted for him a few times and became good friends with him, he added.
Earlier in the series, the Australian players also presented a signed set to Cheteshwar Pujara in honor of his 100th Test in Delhi. The gesture was similar to what the Indian team, led by Ajinka Rahane, did for Nathan Lyon at the previous Border Gavaskar Trophy in 2020/21 in Australia.