England v SA, 1st Investec Test, The Oval, 4th day July 22, 2012

The silent triumph of Hashim Amla

He has long been an icon in South African cricket and now Hashim Amla has touched new territory for the country and secured a place in history
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To describe Hashim Amla as a trailblazer would make him quite uncomfortable. He prefers to talk about what makes him the same as any other cricketer and there are many things. He plays football with the same intensity as any of his team-mates in practice, he enjoys winning as much as the rest of them and he, just like the others, is willing to do everything he can to ensure they get there.

The only measurable difference is that he has 300 runs in a Test innings while none of his countrymen can say the same. The intangible differences are many more than that but you will never hear about them from the man himself.

He will not say what it was like being singled out as the talented one in the family, more so than his older brother, Ahmed. As a consequence, Hashim was schooled at Barry Richards' alma mater and played in the more integrated South Africa, while Ahmed completed his education at Tongaat Secondary School, attended mostly by children of Indian origin. The two grew up in the gap between the South Africa of old and the so-called Rainbow nation which meant opportunity was a different concept for each.

While Ahmed had to work his way up through Kwa-Zulu Natal Cricket, Hashim was part of the national U-19 structures. He was identified early, nurtured and eventually picked at the highest level, despite his differences.

He will not say what it was like being the only Muslim in a changing room dominated by other religions. Instead, he showed it by refusing to wear the Test shirt which bore the logo of the sponsor, a beer brand. Amla was 21 years old and asked a cricket establishment that had existed for more than a century to make a concession for him. They did it.

When he failed them, with low scores in his first three Tests and was dropped, he will not say how much it hurt. He just went back to the Dolphins franchise and carried on. He will not say how much pressure there was on him when he made his Test comeback 15 months later and what relief the 149 against New Zealand brought.

He will not say whether there were feelings of cultural claustrophobia when he scored his next few innings of assertion. They came in India with 159 in Chennai and a mammoth 253 in Nagpur and Amla was claimed by people of Asian heritage in South Africa as being a champion of their cause, given the history of marginalisation and under representation of their people in national sporting codes.

Interestingly, the only person in the Amla family who saw Hashim's 250 was his niece, Ahmed's daughter Zahra, who was four at the time. The rest of his family were occupied with their day to day lives and got on with doing what they had to do, even while he was making history.

This time was no different. His wife Sumayya and six-month old son Abdullah, were in London but not at the ground. His family managed to "catch the little period before the declaration and saw him pass the record and then 300," Ahmed said. "Everyone was pretty happy for him." That was all Ahmed would say, typical of an understated family that does not surrender to self-promotion.

It was up to other people to build Hashim's brand. At Essex, he earned the nickname WG because of his resemblance. The Barmy Army were more mischievous in their assessment of him when they composed the lyrics of the song they wrote on 2009-10 tour to South Africa. They would belt it out whenever he did something notable to the tune of "He's got the whole world in his hands," or something close to it. "He's got his head on upside down," they would chant.

Hashim would only giggle, revealing the sense of humour few thought he had. It's a rare personal insight into the man who keeps himself removed from the celebrity that follows him. His team-mates will confess that he has a delightful lighter side and often talks to them on topics they cannot discuss with anyone else. Hashim is a great reader and consequently a great thinker. That he keeps those thoughts to a small inner circle does not make him aloof. It merely makes him a person in the most whole sense of the word.

That person has been voted South Africa's most popular sportsman less than two years ago, across all disciplines and the fans' cricketer of the year as well. It has seen him promoted to a leadership role in the national side and earned him a reputation as one of the best batsmen in the modern era. He defied those who said he could not play the shorter game by becoming the No.1 ranked batsmen in the fifty-over format and has scored five centuries in 2010. He is being written about as the most valuable No. 3 in Tests and some may say that at The Oval today he proved that.

Having started batting two days ago, Hashim spent 13 hours and 10 minutes at the crease and faced the equivalent of just over 88 overs. He starred in two back-to-back partnerships of over 200 runs, the first time that has been done in a Test match against England. He had two chances, once when he was dropped on 40 off Ravi Bopara and then when he almost played on early on the fourth morning but apart from those, he gave away nothing.

He crafted an artful innings with wristy strokes and a cover drive that should be compulsory viewing for every aspirant international cricketer. He matched his ability with a superlative presence of mind to achieve something no South African ever has. England's batting coach Graham Gooch summed it up when he said, "To score runs like that you need attitude, you need good technique, you need knowledge and you need spot on concentration," he said.

The record was not on his mind. "With my scoring rate, 300 is usually a very long way away," he joked. With South Africa on a mission to claim the No. 1 Test ranking, his thoughts would have likely been on how best to serve them.

Hashim's fortitude and strokeplay has earned him South Africa's cricket's highest score. His ability to remain as humble as the day he started will earn him many more well wishers and watchers. To all of them, he has promised something. "I have a firm belief that everyone who has played a part in my career have a share in whatever success I had. If we could divide the 300 runs up, they would all get a piece," he said.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • on July 23, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    Yes he was Fasting... He Just ate and Drank Once in his innings of 311... Remarkable !!

  • Anwaruzz on July 23, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    Offcourse he was !! Mr Bite. I would bet my last penny on it. He is a devout and practicing muslim and a very decent chap. Guys like him disspells the stero types made up by western press about muslims. I wish him the best in future.

  • ProdigyA on July 23, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    Dont forget, he has Indian genes. So batting comes naturally.

  • vparisa on July 23, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    I am not a Muslim but he was not fasting. I know its Ramadan but fasting is the not the only way, some dont see bad things, some dont hear bad things..some dont talk bad things.. and some bat !!

  • on July 23, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    300! and that too while fasting - amazing.

  • on July 23, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    Amla , idealistic personality .

  • on July 23, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    Amla reminds me of Dravid, calm, modest , well spoken and a gentleman on and of the field with a bat as broad as Dravid's.

  • bestofluckindia on July 23, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    Moonda there is Imran Tahir in the team as well who is a Muslim in context to "He will not say what it was like being the only Muslim in a changing room dominated by other religions"

  • on July 23, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Remarkable innings by Hashim Amla & a selfless play by Kallis .... S Africa is lucky to have team players!!

  • East_West on July 23, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    My fellow indians, any arguments about why India should not be even close to #1 in Tests and why Sourth Africa deserves it!! Amla's score is even greater than our 11 combined during England Series, and the way Steyn decimated English tells that We are no good and DO not deserve to be #1. Smith, Kallis and Amla showed the skills that we do not have!! So swallo our pride and bow our head to SA!!! SA came to England and showed "Who is the Daddy"

  • on July 23, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    Yes he was Fasting... He Just ate and Drank Once in his innings of 311... Remarkable !!

  • Anwaruzz on July 23, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    Offcourse he was !! Mr Bite. I would bet my last penny on it. He is a devout and practicing muslim and a very decent chap. Guys like him disspells the stero types made up by western press about muslims. I wish him the best in future.

  • ProdigyA on July 23, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    Dont forget, he has Indian genes. So batting comes naturally.

  • vparisa on July 23, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    I am not a Muslim but he was not fasting. I know its Ramadan but fasting is the not the only way, some dont see bad things, some dont hear bad things..some dont talk bad things.. and some bat !!

  • on July 23, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    300! and that too while fasting - amazing.

  • on July 23, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    Amla , idealistic personality .

  • on July 23, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    Amla reminds me of Dravid, calm, modest , well spoken and a gentleman on and of the field with a bat as broad as Dravid's.

  • bestofluckindia on July 23, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    Moonda there is Imran Tahir in the team as well who is a Muslim in context to "He will not say what it was like being the only Muslim in a changing room dominated by other religions"

  • on July 23, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Remarkable innings by Hashim Amla & a selfless play by Kallis .... S Africa is lucky to have team players!!

  • East_West on July 23, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    My fellow indians, any arguments about why India should not be even close to #1 in Tests and why Sourth Africa deserves it!! Amla's score is even greater than our 11 combined during England Series, and the way Steyn decimated English tells that We are no good and DO not deserve to be #1. Smith, Kallis and Amla showed the skills that we do not have!! So swallo our pride and bow our head to SA!!! SA came to England and showed "Who is the Daddy"

  • on July 23, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    Hashim as a player has reaffirmed his class and I believe religion is one's own but Hashim has come out with flying colours there too. Hats off to you. Keep going and Cricket will certainly reach greater levels.

  • Mr.Bite on July 23, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Can anyone tell me whether he was fasting or not? It's a big doubt for me....

  • KingOwl on July 23, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Great to read something special about a very special cricketer! I remember the Western media (meaning the White guys) trying to put down Amla, implying that he could not play high quality fast bowling - it was surprising to read about a South African #3. But then, we knew that media had its own agenda. It is good to see him silence them.

  • rayfanatics on July 23, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Well done Amla. What amazing concentration to churn out this innings and a lot of humility just makes this guy great. Just for information, Amla has NOT fasted during the course of this match but he does it during non-playing days. This was clarified by cricinfo commentary the other day. But his innings was superhuman either way. Love to watch you bat.

  • on July 23, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Great job Hashim Amla, you inspire lots of youngsters and have taught them true meaning of a patient inning and hard work!!

  • Midonoff on July 23, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    All the big talk during the West Indies series about England want South Africa, England want South Africa well you now get South Africa and no one stood up to there battering they dished out.

  • on July 23, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    Lovely cricketer i have seen in my life

  • on July 23, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    did anyone know if he was also fasting? i didn't catch any of the water beaks but knowing the true muslim he is i would bet he was fasting all the way.

  • on July 23, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Unbelievable Hashim. What a paradigm he is for anyone, be it young or old. Silent and demuring and yet all conquering..... Longest innings at Headingley by any batsman and that too by someone who was fasting all that while. Superb. My wishes and my prayers for you bro....

  • on July 23, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Too bad Amla couldn't get a shot at the world record. I guess it's country over self!

  • Cric_Tic on July 23, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    AMLA...in Hindi is gooseberry..one of the most nutricious fruit.. and AMLA is also the most nutricious for SA.. he has been so level headed even with so much of achievements.. !! Very few cricketers can go on to play such long innings..Kudos to you Amla.. Sunil

  • on July 23, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    A triple hundred while fasting ? Oh God !!!! What a lovely cricketer & an even lovelier person :)

  • on July 23, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    @RandyOZ love your one liners hahah ...Hashim, what a player, love the way he plays the game.

  • on July 23, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    very well played by a great man great cricketer its always pleasure to watch hashim amla's batting

  • ozwriter on July 23, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    great article. what a player. what a person. congratulations Amla! truly inspirational.

  • on July 23, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Lovely piece Firdose. Just one correction - he did not fail the selectors when first picked: they failed him and the rest of us by not standing by his talent. The selectors persevered with others who 'failed' early in their careers!

  • Seether1 on July 23, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    @CricJinn: I am well aware of the rules of fasting. However some people seem to have it in mind that Hashim was not eating or drinking while batting 13hours. Yes he was, but he did it out of the public view out of respect because he is a decent and considerate guy. It would be crazy to think he could bat 13hours without any fluids. The same goes for Tahir. They are not fasting on match days.

  • on July 23, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    Great Cricketer performing at his best. The best inning I have seen.

  • samy195samy on July 23, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    ramzan blockbuster from the silent killer of cric world

  • RednWhiteArmy on July 23, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    The poor, poor aussies...hoping someone will do to England what their team cant. Seems slightly sad & pathetic haha

  • RednWhiteArmy on July 23, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    South africa must be embarrasing australia who havent beaten England in a series in England for over a decade....

  • on July 23, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    I am not surprised to see this debate of Amla having a fast during this test match. This was bound to take place. Nevertheless, he has been a fine sportsman and South Africa should have every reason to be proud of him. There is also a lot to learn from Amla's personality as mentioned in this excellent write-up by Firdos Moonda.

  • on July 23, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    Congrats, Amla great innings for you. This series will be even better in upcoming days, ENG will not let SA win easily.................

  • aarfeen on July 23, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    WHAT AN INNING THAT WAS!!! WHAT AN INNING THAT WAS!!!....REALLY AWESOME ...SUPERB...fabulous...BRILLIANT ...I GUESS I DON'T HAVE WORDS TO DESCRIBE IT ..REALLY...THIS IS SPECIAL BECOZ IT WASN'T EASY FOR ANY BATSMAN TO SCORE CENTURY IN ENGLAND AGAINST THEM .....WITH 1 OF THE STRONGEST BOWLING LINEUP ......""AMAZING"" WHAT HAPPENED JIMMY ..SWANN..BROAD ...& CO...

  • on July 23, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    First off let me say congratulations Hashim Amla! The enormity of your feat can only begin to be comprehended when one considers that South Africa have been playing test cricket since 1889 and only now, 123 years later, has a South African managed to top 300 runs in a single Test match innings. Not even the two legends of SA cricket, Graeme Pollock and Jacques Kallis, managed to achieve this feat in either Test cricket or even First-Class cricket. What makes your achievement even more special is that it was flawless, was against the no. 1 ranked Test side in the world and was against what was considered a fabulous balanced bowling attack before this match. Let no person devalue this by saying this was a flat pitch; blah, blah. SA bowled England out once & then, on the same day you scored your 311, SA took another 4 English wickets. Enough said. Whilst taking nothing away from Brian Lara's magnificent 400, you certainly would have tested that mark were it not for team orders. Well done!

  • Abdurrazaaq on July 23, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    I have to agree that we cant compare Amla to other greats like Kallis and Dravid, his in a league of his own. If ever there is a similarity, then it would be between him and Mohomed Yousuf. Now proteas go win that match!

  • Pathiyal on July 23, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    Hashim is a great player to watch esp. in tests. sure, he will achieve more than anyone has achieved. this is just a ramadan gift from him to his fans. a very discriplined cricket to say the least!!! and he has a great batting partner in kallis.

  • on July 23, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    It is about time that Amla should be recognised along with modern batting greats like Lara , Tendulkar and Ponting.

  • on July 23, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    If he was fasting as well that is a superhuman effort cos he hardly looked tired. This Ramazan fasting starts at 3.10 am and suset is at 9.20pm aproximately to bat 3 days while fsating those hours us incerdible. mashallah!

  • K.A.K on July 23, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    Awesome innings by Amla and a great tribute by Firdose. Keep up the good work.

  • on July 23, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    Great inning from a great player, the patience and humbleness is great to wtach, no one can compare him in this aspect. In my point of view Rahul Dravid was an incomparable class and we will see his classy touch in the form of Hashim Amla. Both are great player...

  • CricJinn on July 23, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    @seether1- fasting is obtional when somebody is travelling but have to make it up later.

  • on July 23, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    Apart from such a fantastic performance... I'd still give Hashim the "Epic beard" award. :)

    Awesome cricketer and fantastic to see a South African break that 300 barrier.

  • Sayd_Firstslip on July 23, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    Congratulations for your grate achievement. May Allah bless u! What a innings for your cricket life!.. ... Your class, talent, concentration has no resemblance

  • on July 23, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    It's not just about being a good Muslim, Christian so and so. Firstly, it's about being a good human being who makes an effort to perform good deeds and sets good examples for others to follow. Amla has these qualities and that's why he is admired by people. Anyway, he should be given the nick name the wall. He has been performing consistently and appears to be a good person; just like Dravid, who was in my opinion the best Indian batsman in recent times (consistency wise).

  • Seether1 on July 23, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    No people! Amla is not fasting on match days. He has stated so himself. He is simply not eating and drinking in public out of respect to other Muslims that are fasting!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on July 23, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    Can anyone ever come close to this fantastic sportsman and human to score a triple hundred while fasting the whole day? Absolutely jaw dropping super human effort. God bless him. Allah bless him. He is not another Kallis. He is not another Dravid. He is in a league of his own, way above those two other stalwarts. What a virtuous Muslim! What a person! Blessings from India. Elegance and dignity personified! Bliss!

  • on July 23, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    To every1 who is still asking, Amla and Tahir was not and will not FAST during the match days .... get your facts straight man! its 18 hours to fast in england, add to that the batting, its impossible! Amla is a very devout muslim no doubt and we all love him for that, but he is not inhuman!

  • Muttee on July 23, 2012, 8:04 GMT

    @ Lord_Dravid: it is from 315 to 910 in London, close to 18 hours without food or water or anything to consume really. Doing that alone is an achievement in itself and let alone spending all the energy on the field and doing it is just Non-Human. Only thing that can make it possible is Faith and that is what this great man has showed us. Salute to you Mr Amla, may Allah reward you for your hard work and dedication and you show the world what being a Muslim is actually about.

  • on July 23, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    Hi Dear Hashim Amla.... I really proud to be a fan of You. May Allah Bless U always

  • on July 23, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    Great cricketer and a humble man! I just hope he is recognized for what he has achieved and that his religion will not play a part in how he is perceived by others.

  • KarachiKid on July 23, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    This gentleman never fails to impress fans. Great player to watch, great technique and mental strength. Perhaps future SA captain.

  • The_big_j on July 23, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    Hashim Amla is a TRUE role model for every muslim kid around the world.

  • Major_Hammad on July 23, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Congrates Hashim Amla, Great and Superb Tripple Hundred Inning by Legend Hashim Amla

  • on July 23, 2012, 7:32 GMT

    Pakistan Loves you. you have done a great job. Allah's help is with you

  • on July 23, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    DEAR, U R A GREAT IN THE WORLD KEEP IT UP,

  • on July 23, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    Wonderful , congrats brother Hashim. I have some personnel information about you from some one who knows you directly and its proves everytime when ever you came under the liemlight of records or good performances.

    By the way , good article Moonda.

  • on July 23, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    100% i agree with you brother ,cricrus " truly Hashim Mohammad Amla is a devout musilm , and great human being , who keeps beard , despite some guys making negative comments , Allaha bless him with great sucess...?

  • KishorKumar25 on July 23, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    Another Wall .....................................

  • Breaking_Point on July 23, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    RESPECT!! Words r not enough... & Yes He was FASTING!! Can u imagine from 4am to 6.30 pm(varies a little) NO FOOD NO WATER YET HE WAS PLAYING!!!

  • on July 23, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    That is better , Hashim Mohammad Amla, may ALLAHA bless you with a great sucess in future also , and on this triple , great display of skill and character , congrats,..?

  • on July 23, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    Well written article. Congrats to Amla. Kallis is also turning out to be one of the greats of the game, who performs consistently not only with his batting but also his bowling. Furthermore, test cricket is still exciting and enjoyed by many people. I don't understand why, ICC keeps neglecting the test format and not doing enough to keep the format more relevant in current times. ODI and T20 is fine, but test cricket is where you truly find out who the best players in the game are.

  • cricRus on July 23, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    Can anyone match the high moral standards of Amla, let alone his batting power. He is the perfect example of how a good human with the right Islamic values lives by. He is rewarded for his committment to his faith and values. Does not drink, no support to Alcohol sponsors, humble, shares credit, has the courage to support a beard despite the negative comments and a role model for all.

    To hear that he did this milestone while fasting ( no water nor food throughout the day) is simply amazing. No one, I repeat no one comes close to this man in talent, character and committment. Youngsters learn.

  • on July 23, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    Hashim is the heir to Dravid. In fact, his calm demeanour, monkish refusal to indulge outside the off stump, setting up the team's innings is just how Dravid used to play. Watching Amla play test cricket is a purists' delight.

  • on July 23, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    Excellent article. SA did well to reverse the tide on the 2nd day of the match and now looks to be in a great position to secure a victory. Huh, England commentators are bit quite now after blowing their own trumpet end of the 1st day.

  • on July 23, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    Dear Hasim brother How r u? Congratulations for your grate achievement. May Allah bless u! What a innings for your cricket life!

  • on July 23, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    Great all around display from the entire SA team. It's great to see a competitive test match. Anyway, I hope the ICC takes the initiative and starts a World Cup for test matches soon. It will make these matches more relevant, create excitement and also allow fans to see who the best team actually is!

  • on July 23, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    Does anyone know if Amla was fasting? because I never saw him drink anything during the breaks

  • Sal76 on July 23, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    "I have a firm belief that everyone who has played a part in my career have a share in whatever success I had. If we could divide the 300 runs up, they would all get a piece." What more evidence of a sportsman's grace, humility and class could one ask for. Not only a classy cricketer, but a true gentleman, who lives by his faith, plays for his team and country and is indeed a wonderful human being.

  • on July 23, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    Im might impressed with Hashim Amla's dazzling performance. There were instances of him being dropped from the side, but hats off to his positive and determined attitude, that he silenced his cricket on the playing field and not making excuses like a few of our cricketers have wasted their careers on . Now South Africa are a roaring lion and surely will get the no.1 stop, big worry for Pakistan, India and Australia.

  • on July 23, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    Well done H Amla.... Your Unbeaten Triple Tone against England was a great Knock....But..I am sure it was not your best....Keep up the good work...

  • pranab708 on July 23, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    Great achievement by a great batsman and an even more great human being.

  • on July 23, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    Wow.... A True Muslim and a Complete Human... What a Class Player... Best of Luck for Future ...!!!

  • munibkhan on July 23, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    @ Firdose Moonda: Is it true that he is fasting during the matches (this being the month of Ramadan)?

  • Fanatic_cricko on July 23, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    Congratulations Amla. A truly great achievemen. One of the greatest South African batsman. His calmness made him more adorable and likened by many. Gook luck and cheers.

  • satish619chandar on July 23, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    Man.. Man.. What a guy.. Truly deserves any accolades he gets.. Hats off Mr.Amla.. After having delivered some exceptionally stylish innings across formats, very nice to see a triple hundred.. I would ve been terribly upset had the 4 to et 300 been caught..

  • thetopofoff on July 23, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    What an innings. I had the pleasure of watching most of it over the past few days. He reminds me of Yusuf Islam, otherwise known as Cat Stevens.

    Not sure how Cat's cover drives are but he can sure sing!

  • YogifromNY on July 23, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    Great innings by Amla. He deserves all the plaudits he is getting, and not only for his batting. He and Rahul Dravid are two modern-day icons of grace and achievement combined. God bless both of them!

  • sandy_bangalore on July 23, 2012, 3:09 GMT

    On the last tour of India, he scored 253, 150 and 100. And he's got runs everywhere, so easily among the three best batsmen in the world at the moment(devilliers and pietersen being the other two)!

  • Buggsy on July 23, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    Amla has one of the most rock solid techniques I've ever seen, it's really amazing to watch. I'm surprised he didn't hit this milestone some time ago.

  • praveen4honestremark on July 23, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    A person with good values in life. If he is really so good as mentioned in column than he is worth to be followed by people, on how simple you can live even with so much glory. Excellent temperament and dedication towards team. Keep it up.

  • on July 23, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    Congrats Amla,The fact he made this triple ton during the month of fasting is applaudable.Always loved him to see him bat.Truely a modern day great.Many were saying this series is too short.But a few more gems like this from Amla and the rest of the SA line-up the English are in for a long toil the whole series.Swann was run ragged on a subcontinental track the English had prepared to tire out the SA bowlers.

  • MattyP1979 on July 23, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    Ah RandyOZ. I guess you will be sending quite a few blogs today. Game isn't over yet everybody. We have been outplayed, outgunned, out thought, out lucked but we are still standing baby. Amla, what more can be said he is really good, and Khallis is even better.

  • arif29 on July 23, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    What a player, what a man. Simply the best.

  • siriherath on July 23, 2012, 2:09 GMT

    Hashim Amla personifies humility, grace and batting artistry. He is a quiet unassuming team man, as well as a family man who lets his bat do the talking, unlike some in opposing camp who huff, puff, sledge and swear with barely anything to show as day's work, except centuries plundered off them. As some have noted, he is in the same class as Mohammed Yousef and Dravid in producing the goods with gentlemanly conduct. Which is why these two (and a few others like Sangakkara, Bravo, Misbah, Ajmal, Taylor and Mahela) are admired across Nations. I too wish Amla goes from strength to strength.

  • rahulcricket007 on July 23, 2012, 2:07 GMT

    AMLA GETTING A TRIPLE TON IN THE HOLY MONTH OF RAMAZAN . WHAT A COINCIDENCE IT HAS BEEN , HE IS A REAL GENTLEMEN OF THE GAME ALONG WITH RAHUL DRAVID . SO CALM .

  • on July 23, 2012, 1:50 GMT

    I am 80 years old and have been watching, and playing, cricket since I was 10.I cannot think of 2 cricketers who I would watch more than Hashim Amla and Rahul Dravid. Sachin has the records but these two have the gentlemanly grace and charm that is all too sadly missing in the current era.

  • Dubious on July 23, 2012, 0:47 GMT

    For all the Englishmen who said Xavier Doherty had nothing after seeing him in the Gabba Test, willing to say the same about Swann or concede that there are extenuating circumstances?

  • on July 23, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    "If we could divide the 300 runs up, they would all get a piece"..what a brilliant words from great character in field. congrats all the way.

  • gullycover on July 23, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    Hashim Amla, what a wonderful role model for young cricketers. An amazing article Moonda.

  • EverybodylovesSachin on July 23, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    Good that he did not score 400 like Lara..Useless inning..Flat track South African Bullies..on song at Oval

  • Meety on July 23, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    Not everyday you carve out a 300, trick is to make sure it counts towards a win, or otherwise it doesn't mean as much.

  • RandyOZ on July 23, 2012, 0:05 GMT

    Absolutely amazing display by Amla. The question the English media are all asking though, is how the hell the ECB poachers let this guy slip through the net? They didn't get him but got KP haha! How embarassing!

  • Sehwag3rd300 on July 22, 2012, 23:49 GMT

    i wish he scored 400 he definitely would have if south africa had more time but the team must come first

  • adanaC on July 22, 2012, 23:43 GMT

    long live HASHIM AMLA. U r a GOOD GUY

  • RandyOZ on July 22, 2012, 23:39 GMT

    England are just not that good a team, and have been shown up by a unit that is better is every aspect of the game. Tahir made Swann look like a grade cricketer or a journeyman..............oh wait......he is!

  • Hyderabadi_Nawab on July 22, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    We just need more cricketers like him.a true gentleman cricketer and a delight to watch. May he serve SAF for many more years.

  • on July 22, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    ohh man, he just frustated all the English men on the feild.. Congrats for the milestone & a great human being...

  • Paulk on July 22, 2012, 23:22 GMT

    He reminds me of Rahul Dravid in the way he carries himself and his dignified manner. Both gentlemen and genuinely nice people whose character shines through.

  • worldnet5 on July 22, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    He should be dropped for the next test so that youngsters get a chance

  • Sanj747 on July 22, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    Brilliant performance from a gentleman and an unassuming human being which in today's world is so hard to find.

  • jr1972 on July 22, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    @Ozzbozz, totally agree with your comparison to Mohammad Yousuf. Elegant stroke play, sweet timing etc... Fantastic to watch a player like Amla bat. He could have gone on until the end of day 5.

  • on July 22, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    Hashim Amla should be an inspiration for all young cricketers. What a fantastic bat!

  • doubtingthomas on July 22, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    Seems Rahul Dravid's absence from Cricket scene would not be sorely missed. Amla is primed to fit in his shoes. All the best !

  • on July 22, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    What a memorable inning by great player , keep it up.

  • disco_bob on July 22, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    Pure class.

  • on July 22, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    A great batsmanand even better human being. A true role model. take a bow , Hashim

  • Ozzbozz on July 22, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    What a brilliant innings where really I can't remember him giving even half a chance to anyone. Now I know some people are going to link this to the beard but... and hear me out, his playing style reminds me of Mohammad Yousuf. The way he plays so elegantly with a minimum of fuss he just poodles along in 4th gear not needing to do any more. I think if anyone he will break Yousuf's record of most runs scored in a calendar year and I as a Pakistani will cheer the loudest when he does. Awsome player.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on July 22, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    He really played so wonderfull. He seems to be a very nice person. I heard he was fasting as well. what a commitment to team along with his faith. best of luck Hashim.. keeping doing good work.

  • on July 22, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    and to top it all off, he was fasting, no drink or food through all 300+ runs... proud to be from the same city as him... May The Almighty take him on to greater heights...

  • maddy20 on July 22, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    I thought batting was SA's weakness as barring the quartet(Amla, SMith, Kallis, AB) there are no quality batsmen where as the pace quartet is far more effective and penetrating. But there is big IF and England could not get past them to have a chance to bowl at the lower order and the tail. Hopefully this will teach England, their "EXPERTS"(Tony Greig, Nicholson, Vaughan etc.,) and their fans to be humble when they are winning, so that they will be respected even in defeat.

  • Silverbails on July 22, 2012, 21:36 GMT

    Well done, Hashim!! A brilliant first 300 + score by a SA, and the consummate team man. I always knew that he had the talent and quiet determination to succeed at the highest level since I first saw him bat at this level a number of years ago, now. Hashim typifies that classic quote that "Form is temporary, Class is permanent". Congrats again, and good luck for the rest of the tour, Hashim...this has really laid a marker as to the REAL gulf in class between England and SA...

  • da_man_ on July 22, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    Hero. And a perfect gentleman too boot.

  • on July 22, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    If there is ever an autobiography I would want to read it would be Amla's. You can't get a more humble personality in cricket these days. What a sportsman!

    And great article too.

  • SurlyCynic on July 22, 2012, 21:19 GMT

    I love watching Amla bat, and he comes across as an admirable person too. Congratulations to him.

  • drewkatski on July 22, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    Truly Inspirational Player! And will always be one of the greats in Today's Era of World Cricket. Wish you the best for the future.

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  • drewkatski on July 22, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    Truly Inspirational Player! And will always be one of the greats in Today's Era of World Cricket. Wish you the best for the future.

  • SurlyCynic on July 22, 2012, 21:19 GMT

    I love watching Amla bat, and he comes across as an admirable person too. Congratulations to him.

  • on July 22, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    If there is ever an autobiography I would want to read it would be Amla's. You can't get a more humble personality in cricket these days. What a sportsman!

    And great article too.

  • da_man_ on July 22, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    Hero. And a perfect gentleman too boot.

  • Silverbails on July 22, 2012, 21:36 GMT

    Well done, Hashim!! A brilliant first 300 + score by a SA, and the consummate team man. I always knew that he had the talent and quiet determination to succeed at the highest level since I first saw him bat at this level a number of years ago, now. Hashim typifies that classic quote that "Form is temporary, Class is permanent". Congrats again, and good luck for the rest of the tour, Hashim...this has really laid a marker as to the REAL gulf in class between England and SA...

  • maddy20 on July 22, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    I thought batting was SA's weakness as barring the quartet(Amla, SMith, Kallis, AB) there are no quality batsmen where as the pace quartet is far more effective and penetrating. But there is big IF and England could not get past them to have a chance to bowl at the lower order and the tail. Hopefully this will teach England, their "EXPERTS"(Tony Greig, Nicholson, Vaughan etc.,) and their fans to be humble when they are winning, so that they will be respected even in defeat.

  • on July 22, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    and to top it all off, he was fasting, no drink or food through all 300+ runs... proud to be from the same city as him... May The Almighty take him on to greater heights...

  • Syed_imran_abbas on July 22, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    He really played so wonderfull. He seems to be a very nice person. I heard he was fasting as well. what a commitment to team along with his faith. best of luck Hashim.. keeping doing good work.

  • Ozzbozz on July 22, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    What a brilliant innings where really I can't remember him giving even half a chance to anyone. Now I know some people are going to link this to the beard but... and hear me out, his playing style reminds me of Mohammad Yousuf. The way he plays so elegantly with a minimum of fuss he just poodles along in 4th gear not needing to do any more. I think if anyone he will break Yousuf's record of most runs scored in a calendar year and I as a Pakistani will cheer the loudest when he does. Awsome player.

  • on July 22, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    A great batsmanand even better human being. A true role model. take a bow , Hashim