Among other games, Cricket is at the center of South Africa. At the center of cricket in the country is the man, Hashim Amla.
Since Amla began wearing the South African colors in cricket games he has achieved a lot. The achievements of the man have gone beyond personal achievements to achieving for the team and the country.
While you may have known about the record breaking Hashim Amla, there are things you may not have known about him.
Also Known as Hashim Mohammad Amla, Hashim was born in 31 March 1983. A devout Muslim, Amla was born to a South African Muslim family which roots have been traced to Surat region of Gujarat in India. Amla was born to a middle-class family and he attended his high school in Durban, where he was born.
Hashim Amla married a Muslim woman, Sumaiyah Amla. While little is known about Hashim Amla’s family as he wants it out of public knowledge, it is known that he has children.
Very little is known of Hashim Amla’s wife as well, as like a devout Muslim that she is, she is constantly in a long hijab.
Amla’s romance with the game of cricket started in his high school when he had an impressive beginning. He began his career however, with KwaZulu Natal Dolphins, a provincial team.
Inspired by his elder brother, Ahmed Amla, who was also a professional cricketer, Amla went on to captain South African team at the Under-19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand in the year 2002. The team made it to the finals of the tournament.
In 2004, at the age of 21 Hashim Amla was chosen for the winter tour of India. With that, he became the first South African of Indian descent to represent the country in an international cricket competition.
It was however in 2006 that he picked up his pace in the national scene. In the year, he helped South Africa to an important draw against New Zealand, when he scored a 149 comeback against at Newlands, Cape Town.
Amla’s success with the South African team continued until he got a national contract. By 2008 he had already built a name for himself when he scored an inspiring and unbeaten 159 against India in Chennai. In that year his performance recorded 1012 runs, which included numerous centuries and unrivalled performances against exceptional countries like India, England and Australia.
With an excellent performance during a tour of the West Indies with the Proteas in 2010, Amla was able to secure himself a permanent place in the South African ODI squad. When Smith resigned as ODI captain in 2012, Amla was favorite to take over, however he decided not to.
The year 2013 was not a very good year for Hashim. In 2014 however, he helped the South African team to the semi-final of the 2014 World T20. He was able to score 185 runs in five innings during the tournament.
His success story continued till the present time. He was South Africa’s Test captain between June 2014 and January 2016. Presently the International Cricket Council (ICC) ranks him as the world’s number eight batsman in Tests and the world’s number five in ODIs
Between 1 and 2013, Amla played for Kwazulu Natal Dolphins. In 200 and 2010, he played for Essex and Nottinghamshire respectively. He has been playing from 2013 and 2016 till date for Cape Cobras and Kings XI Punjab. In 2013 and 2015 he played for Surrey and Derbyshire.
Regarded as one of the best South African Cricket layers, Amla has made ad inspiring career. He has made some impressive records. Among these are: