On this day 31st March 1983 South Africa opener Hashim Amla was born. His supple wrists are a joy to watch, especially when he (Amla) stands up tall to play those stunning shots off the back foot, or when he is wrapping it off his pads nonchalantly through the leg side. The 33 years old batsman is elegance personified and his sheer numbers speak volumes of the cricketer.
Hashim Muhammad Amla, one of the emphatic stroke-makers in the game. Questions were asked about his mental frame work when the right-handed batsman talent didn't translate into runs. The Proteas opener technique was thought to be suspect and a couple of failures only reinforced that faith.
The Kings 11 Punjab batsman was dropped from the Proteas side after the initial setbacks and went back to his domestic team and amassed runs to make a comeback. The former Essex batsman made a career-saving 149 versus New Zealand in Cape Town which gave him international circuit and runs flowed from his blade after that.
An astonishing tour of India, where he was dismissed only once in three innings, proved to the world that Hashim Amla was the next big thing in world cricket. Despite his magnificent record in Test Cricket, he was always thought to be unsuitable to the shorter format (T20, ODI) of the game, but the former Derbyshire players proved that wrong by becoming the fastest to 2000, 3000, 4000 and 5000 One Day International runs, and the quickest to score 20 ODI centuries. The former Surrey batsman immense concentration skills and his never ending thirst for runs has ensured that had ensured that he is the natural successor to the big scoring legendary Jacques Kallis in the Proteas line-up.
A calm and a down to earth person, the Durban (South Africa) born cricketer shies away from the limelight and is known to be an intensely private person. Interesting facts about Hashim Amla: His big brother Ahmed, is also a professional cricket player, having made his debut two years ago, and currently skipper of Dolphins team.