The calmness that defines him and set him apart from rest of the cricketers around the World is the feature that makes this South African batting giant special.
The One Day International cricket giant Hashim Amla has been struggling for runs lately and was a doubtful for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 South Africa squad. But selectors trusted on his experience and included him in the squad but there are still doubts whether he will be regular in playing xi owing to other young opener in the team Aiden Markram.
Some of the queries may been settled by Amla by two consecutive half centuries in warm up games but the opener is not worried about his place.
Amla, one of South Africa’s greatest Test and ODI players, scored 65 and 51 not out respectively in the two warm-up games against Sri Lanka and West Indies (rain affected) and will be keen to add to his tally of 27 ODI hundreds.
“Scoring runs is always important. Whether I make the playing XI or not is not up to me. I do what I can do and what happens after that is for the benefit of the team,” Amla was quoted as saying by the ICC website.
The veteran opener wants to make every opportunity count and that was the reason he opted out of a domestic T20 competition’s knock-out rounds to prepare for the World Cup.
“T20 is different to fifty-over cricket. I had two weeks with (batting coach) Dale Benkenstein and spent time in the nets batting the way a fifty-over cricketer would bat It was important to have that time. Sometimes it works out; sometimes it doesn’t,” said Amla, who needs another 90 to reach 8000 runs in ODIs.
Amla is however open to helping his teammates with vital information and his experience.
“It’s (guidance) something you don’t try and force. It happens naturally. It’s not something I consciously think about but I think it happens anyway. There’s a lot of experience in the playing XI and the coaching staff so that osmosis of information and knowledge is going to happen anyway.”
Watch some of the brilliant shots by Amla in warm up game