Hashim Amla, South Africa batsman, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Amla worth much more than weight in runs

Runs are the least of what Hashim Amla has given South African cricket. The idea that someone from a culture so different from those usually represented in the national team can not only win his place in that team but become the fulcrum around which it turns is infinitely more important.

Telford Vice, Apr 30, 2019 18:02:48 IST

Runs are the least of what Hashim Amla has given South African cricket. The idea that someone from a culture so different from those usually represented in the national team can not only win his place in that team but become the fulcrum around which it turns is infinitely more important.

Amla is also unorthodox in his technique — essentially, he hits the ball where he shouldn’t, playing strokes he shouldn’t be able to play — and in his determination not to join the modern penchant for living a life that puts a low price on privacy.

Hashim Amla, South Africa batsman, World Cup 2019 Player Full Profile: Amla worth much more than weight in runs

File photo of Hashim Amla. AFP

But, for some, it’s the runs that matter most. And there have been many of them, most famously the 311 not out he made at the Oval in July 2012 — the first triple-century by a South African.

The son of a doctor, Amla was a batting prodigy at Durban High School, which also gave cricket Trevor Goddard, Lance Klusener, Barry Richards, Hugh Tayfield and Herbie Taylor. He captained South Africa to the semi-final of the 2002 under-19 World Cup, where they lost to Australia. Four centuries in eight innings at the start of the 2004-05 season earned him a place on South Africa’s tour to India, and he made his debut at Eden Gardens in November 2004.

He scored only 62 runs in his first six innings and was dropped. On his return 15 months later against New Zealand at Newlands in April 2006, he scored a breakthrough 149. Amla’s average first reached 40 in his 54th innings and has dipped below that mark only once. Indeed, it was above 50 for the 52 innings he had for four years from November 2012. But he has not topped 50 since November 2016 and is clearly in decline.

Initially considered a long-form specialist, Amla had 40 Test innings in more than three years before he played his first ODI. By November 2010, having scored six centuries in 34 innings, he was the top-ranked player in the format.

Amla has had a less successful career as a captain, resigning the position with his then franchise, the Durban-based Dolphins, and South Africa — both times, he said, to give his full focus to batting. The latter instance was in January 2016 after he had scored 201 in the first two of the four Tests South Africa played against England.

There is no question that Amla is in decline, and that his father’s serious illness — which has kept him away from the game for much of the past few weeks — has impacted on his preparation for the 2019 World Cup.
But he remains the best hope for stability in a South African batting order that has historically been short on that priceless commodity.

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Updated Date: Apr 30, 2019 18:02:48 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254