July 22, 2012

South African cricket

Amla among the best

Abhishek Mukherjee

Hashim Amla, who scored a double-century against England at The Oval on Sunday, has quietly entered the ranks of the best batsmen in the world, says Steve James in the Telegraph.

Amla does not do showy. He does not do ruffled. He just bats and bats. Quite simply, he is among the most serene batsmen in the world right now. And to watch Amla at the striker’s end is to view a batsman at the apex of his powers, at once wristy and elegant of stroke, if not set-up. He is surely one of the most underrated batsmen in world cricket.

That Amla has overcome all the hurdles placed in his way is no surprise. Such strength of mind will always prevail. Once he had cracked Test cricket, they said he couldn’t play one-day cricket. He is now ranked the No 1 batsman in the ICC’s one-day international rankings. Enough said.

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