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Hashim Amla

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm medium
Played for:
South Africa, Dolphins, Essex, KwaZulu Natal, Nottinghamshire, Rest of South Africa, South Africa A, South African Invitation XI, Surrey, Cape Cobras, South Africa Under-19
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-ODI,T20 | Batsman
ICC Rank:
Home country:
South Africa
March 31, 1983, Durban, Natal


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.

Fast Facts

  • Hashim Amla became the first South African of Indian ancestry to represent the Proteas.
  • Between 2008 and 2010, Amla scored 19.79% of South Africa’s ODI runs, third-most for a team behind Zaheer Abbas (21%) and Ryan ten Doeschate (29%).
  • In 2012, Amla became the first-ever South African to score a triple hundred by making 311 not out against England at The Oval.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 76 132 6214 11 51.35 52.51 21 27 311*
ODI 85 82 4054 6 53.34 90.12 12 23 150
T20 26 26 600 2 25 122.44 0 1 56
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 76 5 54 37 0 0/4 / - 4.11 0 0 0 0
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 60 0 4
ODI 40 0 2
T20 9 0 0
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
ODI 3 1 2 0 0 33.33
T20 2 1 1 0 0 50


South Africa Vs India at Eden Gardens, Kolkata (Calcutta) - Nov 28, 2004
Last played:
South Africa Vs Australia at Newlands, Cape Town - Mar 01, 2014
South Africa Vs Bangladesh at Chittagong Divisional Stadium, Chittagong - Mar 09, 2008
Last played:
South Africa Vs India at SuperSport Park, Centurion - Dec 11, 2013
South Africa Vs Australia at Brisbane Cricket Ground (Woolloongabba), Brisbane - Queensland - Jan 13, 2009
Last played:
South Africa Vs India at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur - Apr 04, 2014