November 19, 2010

South African cricket

Amla keeps form in perspective

Tariq Engineer

Hashim Amla has been on a tear in 2010, especially in one-day cricket, collecting centuries like they were cheap stamps. At the same time, he has not allowed his stellar individual form to go to his head, writes Patrick Compton in IOL Sport

It would be putting it fairly mildly to say that Amla is not a great self-publicist and certainly does not pay court to the local and international media. Sometimes it’s hard to pin him down for an interview unless it’s strictly about cricket within a structured media environment.

I asked him why. “Look, the media notice things, good and bad and of course they write them up. I’m always hesitant to talk too much about things when they’re going well, because you know that cricket is a game of swings and roundabouts. You’re either going up or down. In that sense it keeps you honest all the time.”

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