posted on 2018-04-05 23:35:29
posted by Shiv Dhawan
A spoonful of class, oodles of calmness and tons of perseverance are blent in the right proportion to form Hashim Amla, a name etched into South Africa’s cricketing history. Amla rose to prominence after he led the South African under-19 side in the 2002 Under 19 World Cup. Soon after he made his Test debut against India in 2004 but multiple failures attracted criticism after which he was left out of the South African side. His calibre was questioned by the fans but that did not stop Amla from excelling at International level. He went back to domestic cricket, did the hard yards and earned a comeback.
The South African made a career-saving 149 against New Zealand after which his confidence rose to a new high. Amla then created history when he became the first South African to score a triple century in Test cricket, while also effectively shifting gears to become the fastest batsman to 2,000 (40 innings), 3,000 (57 innings), 4,000 (81 innings) and 5,000 (101 innings) runs in ODI cricket which is a fine example of his all-frmat excellence.
Recently due to his increasing age, Amla’s form has taken a setback. At the beginning of his career, he was highly dependent on his hand-eye coordination to score runs. His technique is slightly awkward for a batsman of his class and quality as he does not move his feet a lot. As batsmen grow older, the effectiveness of hand-eye coordination decreases against the pacers. Moreover, Amla’ trigger movement does not allow him to swing his bat freely and the incoming deliveries cause trouble as the bat swing is restricted.
In the third Test against India in the recent Test series at home, he was dismissed by an incoming delivery against Jasprit Bumrah and in the series against Australia following that he had trouble facing Josh Hazlewood’s incoming deliveries. In the third Test of the series he mistimed a pull shot off Hazlewood to fine leg and was out caught. Amla is usually a good puller off the ball but due to his trigger movement, he could not swing his bat freely resulting in a mistimed shot. Pat Cummins and Hazlewood had the better of Mighty Hash for the most part of the series. To regain his form back Amla may need to go back to his original stance and look to reduce his trigger movement.
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