Born: In March 31, 1983, Durban, Natal
National Team: South-Africa
Playing: As Top-order Batsman
Batting: Right-Hand Batsman
Bowl: Right-arm medium offbreak
Competence Test ODI T20I
Total Matches 124 175 44
Total Runs 9,282 7,923 1,277
Bat Avg 46.64 49.51 33.60
100s&50s 28/41 27/37 0/8
Best score 311* 159 97*
Catches 108 84 19
Hashim Amla (Full Name: Hashim Muhammad Amla) is a South African international former cricketer. He became the fastest cricketer to reach 10 ODI centuries. In 2004, Hashim Amla was invited from the Natal national squad to try to fill the gap in the South African middle order under Graeme Smith that appeared to rebuild. After an unflattering beginning, he scored a huge 149 to create his mark in his fourth trial against New Zealand a year and a half after his debut. Amla was symbolic of yore Test batsmen who offered their time to construct lengthy innings. It often compelled him into an ultra-defensive mode, carefully selecting deliveries with which to entertain his willow, originally suspected by weakness bowlers. Like his South African side around 2006, he was provided time to iron out faults.
Since that 149 it took another 11 tests for Amla to post a second ton, facing New Zealand again at home in Johannesburg at the end of 2007. It was the first of two successive hundreds in the process to open floodgates. A year later, centuries in India and England marked his passage to the greatest stage, previously in his career atoning for bad displays in those very foreign soils. In 2008, it also triggered an ODI call-up against Bangladesh, a position he hasn’t given up since. As South Africa returned to be among the best in all formats by 2009, one of the components of revival was Amla’s presence in the middle-order. The monk-like cricketer, however, struck his purple patch in 2010, scoring 1000 plus runs with an average of about 75.
His consistency in both Tests and ODIs is his cricketing repertoire’s greatest strength. Amla took his awe-inspiring form in both ODIs and Tests for the next couple of years. In 2012, when he scored 311 in the Oval, he became the first ever South African to score a triple ton. He remains prolific in all of the game’s formats, making him a truly excellent legend of the modern day.