Hashim Amla (left) and Imran Tahir  (Image courtesy: Getty)
Hashim Amla (left) and Imran Tahir (Image courtesy: Getty)

Hashim Amla has redefined the role of an orthodox batsman. It was usually a perception that the South African right-hander s batting was more suited for Tests, but he crushed the notions standing tall across formats and being one of the greatest of modern eras. He has played the best of bowlers in the world but calls teammate Imran Tahir as the best bowler he has faced in the T20 format. ALSO READ: Hashim Amla: Quintessential template of excellence

Thankfully I ve played him (Tahir) in domestic cricket and not international cricket. He has variations and is always looking to take wickets. You don t get too many spinners in the world who bowl at the back end of the innings. You will generally see fast bowlers trying to bowl bouncers and Yorkers, revealed Amla in an exclusive chat with Indian Express.

When Amla started his career, there were several critics pointing swords at his technique. He however developed as a conventional batsman and adapted to all 3 formats. When asked about the same, the former South Africa skipper, replied, It all comes down to the basics. As you play over the years, you have a base, which allows you to expand and explore all aspects of the game. Like I mentioned, you need to have a base of domestic cricket. Some guys are a little bit unorthodox. For me, the transition from longer format to shorter format involves just a few days of nets to loosen up.

World XI tour to Pakistan

Amla is looking forward to the World XI tour to Pakistan next month. He had last been to the country 10 years back. Amla was one of the contenders to lead the side which will now be led by his national teammate Faf du Plessis. I am looking forward to it. I have been to Pakistan 10 years ago. We had a few people from Cricket South Africa, who had asked us if we are interested, and then they went through the formal process. We told them that we would consider going only after we got the security clearance.