Biography of Hashim Amla:- Have a look at the complete biography of Hasim Amla as of 2017. Hashim Amla is an International cricketer who opens the inning for South Africa. Hashim Amla was born on 31st March 1983 in Durban, South Africa. Hashim Amla is currently among the top five batsmen in the World in ICC ODI and Test Rankings. Amla’s batting style seems a recipe featuring Sangakkara’s wisdom, Sachin’s patience, and Viv Richard’s eminence, as we see him playing almost every delivery from full length to bouncers and good ones with the valor unmatched in modern-day cricket.
Biography of Hashim Amla
- Born:- 31 March 1983 (age 34), Durban, South Africa
- Height:- 1.83 m
- Nationality:- South African
- Spouse:- Sumaiyah Amla
- Parents:- Mahomed H. Amla
- Siblings:- Ahmed Amla
The way Amla is going, he will surpass Sachin’s record of most centuries and half-centuries sooner than most of the veteran cricketers think. His calm at the field and aggressiveness while opening the innings for South Africa seem a conflicted with his attitude towards his fellow cricketers. Hashim Amla is a winner by miles, South Africa found the most versatile cricketer ever produced in November 2004, it took Amla 4 years to make his ODI debut after that test match against India. Hashim Amla has created and broken several records in less than 8 years of ODI career. Still, he has miles to cover before ending an illustrious career.
The batting technique of Hashim Amla is perfect, he seems slow while playing, building the inning and getting the fireworks on after the power play or sooner is proven the path to Amla’s success in ODI cricket. In a long run of International records, Hashim Amla is way ahead of Sir Vivian Richards and Sachin Tendulkar. Amla is also the fastest cricketer to reach 2000, 3000, 4000, and 5000 runs in ODI cricket. Hashim Amla also holds the record to become the first South African batsman to score a triple century in test cricket in 2012 against England. Amla got some good coaching in schooldays, later selected in South Africa’s U-19 team; Hashim Amla captained the batch in the 2000-2001 seasons and later in ICC U-19 World Cup 2002. After the U-19 world Cup, selectors listed Amla in 15-man squad against India in 2004 season; he failed in that season and returned to domestic cricket. The right-hand batsman captained South Africa for two seasons, later stepped down owing to the severe form carried by the test team against India and then England. Amla plays for Kwazulu-Natal province in domestic cricket and Kings XI Punjab in IPL.
Hashim Amla Stats & Records
Amla’s Test career grown since 2004 with an outstanding batting average and runs, his ODI career was cut short by 4 years that was a huge loss for the team and player’s career. In 100 test matches, Amla scored 7799 runs while opening the innings for South Africa in 169 appearances with a brilliant average of 49.99. Itincludes 26 centuries and 31 Test fifties, and a top score of 311 not out. In 145 ODIs, Amla is more impressive than his test record, this time his average exceeds 51.36 with 24 centuries and 31 half-centuries until now. Amla has the highest batting average among his teammates i.e. 51.36 with the highest score of 159. Overall in 205 first-class games, Amla played for Essex County Club, Surry, Derbyshire in English County season and Kwazulu-Natal Dolphins in local seasons. Hashim Amla scored 15,393 runs at 49.97 runs per inning, 47 centuries and 72 fifties combined.
Amla scored his 2000 runs in 40 innings, fastest by any batsman to date, then another 1000 runs to reach fastest to 3000 runs in 59 innings, 4000 runs in 81 innings, 5000 & 6000 runs in 101 and 123 ODI innings were the fastest run-scoring batting averages in the history of the game. He could not make it to the fastest 1000 runs in ODIs, still manages to make a unique record of reaching to a thousandrun mark in ODI and Test cricket in the same year i.e. in 2010. Amla is also the fastest batsman to reach 10 and then 15 ODI centuries, he is also way ahead of Kohli and De Kock. Amla is also the quickest batsman to score 50 International hundreds, and with more or less a decade of cricket left for Amla, he is likely to break all the records.
International Career of Hashim Amla
Hashim Amla made his first-class debut for KwaZulu-Natal Dolphins in 2002, in the same year; Amla was called to the national academy and then selected for the Under-19 squad as a captain in ICC U-19 World Cup 2002. South Africa reached the finals. Later, Amla was made the captain of Kwazulu Natal team in 2004 just before his test debut against India. In 2004 season, Amla had a form of his life; he scored four centuries in 8 innings and remained the best captain in the domestic circuit. For his batting skills, Amla was chosen as an opening batsman against India in India. He made his Test debut in November 2004, his initial career wasn’t impressive. He was selected for the next series against England but couldn’t impress the crowd and selectors alike, he had massive loopholes against pace.
Amla was asked to return back to domestic cricket by South African Cricket Board; Hashim Amla worked on his technique playing two straight seasons for Kwazulu Natal. Hashim returned to International cricket in 2006 in a test match against New Zealand with an astonishing 149-run inning, later he continued the form with an average of 58 in the next 19 test games. Hashim Amla switched positions later on and ascended to the opening position from number 3. In the 2008-09 season, Hashim Amla became the fastest to reach 2000-run landmark, thanks to the series against India and then England and Australia. In 2009, South Africa won the test series against Australia and then England, Amla making centuries in both the tours. In 2012, Amla’s triple ton was the first-ever by any Proteas batsman ever, he achieved the feat with a 311 not out performance at The Oval. The good luck continued as Amla added another century in the third test ultimately named as Man of the Series and Number One batsman in ICC Test Rankings.
Amla was made Test captain of South Africa on a permanent basis in 2014 after Graeme Smith retired from test cricket. He won his first test series as a captain against Sri Lanka. In 2015, South Africa won another series against New Zealand, Amla was a man of the series for his contributions. After that, South Africa lost a couple of test series consequently Amla stepping down from the captaincy as he could not concentrate on his batting and captaincy simultaneously, he said to media. In 2017 against Sri Lanka, Amal became only the eighth test player to score a century in his 100th test match.
At the same time, Hashim Amla was showing his vivid form in ODI format. In a series against Pakistan, Amla blasted two centuries and a fifty in a 5-match series in UAE won by South Africa. In ODIs, Amla scored at least a century against all test playing nations, he is the fourth cricketer to do so and the first South African cricketer. In 2013, Hashim Amla was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year for his immaculate batting average.
County Seasons and Cricket Leagues
Hashim Amla signed his first contract in English County season 2009 for Essex CC. Amla was chosen as a replacement overseas player in place of Pakistani leg-spinner Danish Kaneria. He made his county cricket debut with two hundred in two matches, he was the savior for the club on his debut match with 181 runs. In the next season in 2010, Nottinghamshire bought Amla as their overseas opening batsman. The third tenure of Amla was for Surrey CC in 2013 season of English County Cricket. Later in 2015, Derbyshire showed a keen interest in buying the top-ranked ODI player to their team.
Hashim Amla was picked as a valuable addition to the Kings XI Punjab batting attack in 2016 season of Indian Premier League in place of Shaun Marsh. Amla scored 157 runs with a batting average of 26.16 and the highest score of 96 in 6 matches.\
Hashim Amla Family and Personal Life
Amla belonged to a South African Muslim family that migrated to the country from Indian Gujarat Province. Amla’s father Mehmood Amla is a businessman, Amla was born and raised in South Africa. Hashim Amla’s elder brother Ahmad Amla also plays first-class cricket in South Africa. Both Hashim and Ahmad played first-class cricket for KwaZulu-NatalDolphins. Ahmad Amla, in his 128 first-class matches scored 6500+ runs at a batting average of 34.30 including 13 centuries and 33 fifties and a best score of 164 not out.
Hashim Amla is a devoted Muslim, he has grown a beard and pray five times a day, he reportedly convinced his teammates Imran Tahir and International umpire Aleem Dar to grow a beard and pray five times a day. Hashim Amla married Sumaiyah Amla, a schoolteacher. Their marriage was an arranged one, both are blessed with two sons.