Hashim Amla Biography
If you’re called “as solid as a rock” while batting in tandem with Jacques Kallis, you must have done something good. Hashim Amla may be an embodiment of elegant strokeplay, especially off his pads, but it is his voracious appetite for runs that sets him apart from the others. His concentration never seems to waver, and throwing his wicket away seems to be a heinous crime in his book.
Amla’s greatest series came in India in 2009-10, where he scored 253 not out, 114, and 123 not out (the last of the three had almost saved the Test at Eden Gardens) in the only innings he batted. The average read an almost unreal 490.00.
When South Africa toured England in 2012 to claim the throne for the top-ranked Test side, Amla scored an unbeaten 311 — the first Test triple-hundred by a South African. He also scored 121 at Lord’s, thus playing a crucial role in clinching the series.
The other aspect of Amla’s batting is his adaptability: a lesser-known aspect of his numbers is the fact that he averages more in ODIs than Tests, switching several gears and scoring at breakneck pace. Not considered a part of the Protean T20I setup, Amla has an excellent record nevertheless.
With Jacques Kallis and Graeme Smith both bowing out of Test cricket, the onus is on Amla, along with AB de Villiers, to keep the torch of South African cricket ablaze.
A deeply religious person, Amla has maintained his strong stance against the use of logos of alcohol-producing companies (including that of Castle Lager, South Africa’s team sponsor) on his gear in an era when advertising and consumerism seem to rule the world of cricket.