|Hashim Mahomed Amla Hashim Amla|
|Born||Mar 31, 1983|
|Age||36 years 238 days|
|Bat Style||Right Handed|
|Bowl Style||Right-arm medium|
Hashim Amla was summoned from domestic team Natal in 2004 seeking to fill the gap in the South African middle-order that looked to rebuild under Graeme Smith. After an unflattering start, it was in his fourth Test outing against New Zealand a year and half following his debut, that he scored a massive 149 to make his mark.
Amla was symbolic of Test batsmen of yore who bid their time to build long innings. It often forced him into an ultra defensive mode, carefully choosing deliveries to entertain his willow with, a weakness bowlers initially suspected. He was given time to iron out flaws just like his South African side circa 2006. It took another 11 Tests since that 149 for Amla to post a second ton, once again facing New Zealand at home in late 2007 at Johannesburg. It was the first of two consecutive hundreds, opening floodgates in the process.
Centuries in India and England a year later marked his adoption to the highest level, atoning for poor displays in those very foreign soils earlier in his career. It also sparked an ODI call-up against Bangladesh in 2008, a position he hasn't relinquished since. As South Africa returned to being in and among the best in all formats by 2009, Amla's presence in the middle-order has been one of the ingredients of resurgence. However, the monk-like cricketer hit his purple patch in 2010, scoring 1000 plus runs with a staggering average of around 75. His consistency in both, Tests and ODIs is the biggest strength of his cricketing repertoire. Amla took his awe-inspiring form for the next couple of years in ODIs as well as Tests. In 2012, he became the first ever South African to score a triple ton, when he scored 311 at the Oval. He continues to be prolific in all the formats of the game, making him a truly great, modern-day legend.
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