Following his retirement from internal cricket on the 8th of August 2019, Hashim Amla’s name is in the history books as one of the best cricket players that the nation of South Africa has ever had. Throughout his playing career that spanned exactly two decades, Amla broke and set a lot of records. In addition to playing for the South African national team, he played for a number of club teams including Essex, Nottinghamshire, Cape Cobras, Durban Heat and a host of others. Amla post-retirement put his wealth of experience to use as a consultant for the 2019 Mzansi Super League tournament.
Hashim Amla Biography
Hashim Mohammad Amla was born on 31 March 1983. A devout Muslim, Amla was born to a South African Muslim family whose roots have been traced to the 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. The Amla family seems to be blessed with athletic genes as Amla is not the only sportsman in his family, he has an older brother named Ahmed Amla who like him was a professional cricketer.
Hashim Amla is married to 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; one born in 2012 and the other in 2013.
Amla’s romance with the game of cricket started in high school where he had an impressive beginning. He began his pro career, however, with KwaZulu-Natal Dolphins, a provincial team.
Inspired by his elder brother, Ahmed Amla, who had started playing cricket before him, Amla went on to captain the 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 unrivaled 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, Hashim 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 until the end of his career. He was South Africa’s Test captain between June 2014 and January 2016. In 2016, the International Cricket Council (ICC) ranked him as the world’s number eight batsman in Tests and the world’s number five in ODIs. Hashim Amla was a key part of the South African national team at the 2019 Cricket World Cup. His retirement from international cricket came in August after the World Cup.
At the time of retirement, reports surfaced that Hashim Amla was in talks to sign for English county club Surrey with Kolpak registration.
In Hashim Amla’s impressive career, he has made some impressive records. Among these are:
- Amla has the record of being the fastest batsman to reach 2000 (40 inns), 3000 (59 inns), 4000 (81 inns), 5000 (101 inns) and 6000 (123 inns) runs in ODIs
- He became the fastest player to score 5000 ODIs in 101 innings.
- He was also able to make 1000 runs a single calendar year in both Tests and ODIs.
- Amla holds the record of being the fastest cricketer to reach 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd centuries in ODIs.
- By scoring a ton -110- in 2016, Hashim broke Virat Kohli’s record by becoming the fastest to reach 23 ODIs hundreds. While Kholi did it in his 157th innings, Amla did take only 132 innings to score his 23 ODI Hundreds.
- Hashim is the first South African batsman to score 25 centuries in ODIs.
- In 2013, Amla and AB de Villers held the ODI wicket all-time partnership record of 238. This brief record was achieved against Pakistan.
- He is the fourth cricketer to score 25 centuries in both Test and ODI cricket.