- On this day, Hashim Amla was born
- He has massive contributions to South African cricket including 9000+ runs in Test
- He retired in 2019 and often plays league cricket
31st March 1983 marks the birth of one of South Africa’s greatest batter of all time. Hashim Amla was born this day in Durban Natal. He stepped into the world of cricket in l999/2000 and made his first international appearance in 2004 when he went to India, a place that has his family roots, to play the Test series. It wasn’t a successful tour for Amla as he failed to make a mark on his debut. Things changed for him when he was handed a second chance. The batter scored 149 to draw the test against England in Cape Town.
Test cricket saw the best of Proteas batter when he scored an unbeaten 311* that too against England at The Oval. 2008 and 2010 tours of India also witnessed the best side of Hashim Amla in India where he also secured a double century for his side. Averaging at 46.64, the right-hand batsman has aggregated a massive 9282 Test runs for South Africa in 215 innings.
It’s not only his Test career that speaks volumes of his batting ability, the ODI records are equally impressive. While he burst into the Test bubble in 2004, it took him four more years to step into the 50-format game but it did not take him long to make records. By 2010-2011 Hasim had already bagged five one-day hundreds and four half-centuries and also went on to break Viv Richard’s record of fastest 6000 runs. He stopped at 8113 ODI runs playing 178 Innings.
The 39-year-old managed 1000+ runs in T20I also in just 44 matches he played. The year 2019 witnessed Amla retire from international cricket. He never took the crease after June 2019 for an international match but went on the play league cricket around the world. His latest outing was coaching the Peshawar Zalmi franchise in the Pakistan Super League (PSL 2022)
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