South Africa v India, 5th ODI, Centurion January 23, 2011

Measured approach pays off for Amla

In Centurion the South African opener learnt how to combine Amla the one-day aggressor with Amla the anchor to set up a strong total
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Hashim Amla took 30 consecutive singles to reach his half-century. It was a much more measured approach to the one he employed when he reached his two other half-centuries in the one-day series against India, and it was deliberate.

"I think I was drifting a bit in the first few games and I was playing too extravagantly," Amla said at the post-match press conference.

In the first ODI in Durban, Amla may well have still been on the sugar rush that he claimed possessed him during the Cape Town Test match. Even though both Graeme Smith and Colin Ingram went cheaply in that match, Amla was determined to attack. He laid in to Ashish Nehra in the sixth over, pulling him once and creaming him through the covers twice. He was scoring boundaries as often and as easily as he could and often going the aerial route to do so. His fifty came up off 35 balls and then he tried another smack, only to be caught by an agile Harbhajan Singh. South Africa went on to win the game by a bruising 135 runs.

In the fourth ODI in Port Elizabeth, it must have been something stronger than sugar. He hit Zaheer Khan for back-to-back boundaries and then sunk his teeth into Munaf Patel's bowling. Amla was hitting the boundaries in flashily, bending down on one knee and pulling, and rocking on his back foot to smash to midwicket. His fifty came with a slash to third man. In the end, he was run-out for 64, in a bizarre call for a second run that the usually cautious Amla would never take. South Africa won the match by 48 runs on the D/L method.

This time it was different, although he started with a carbon copy of his lethal cover drive. Smith was out early again and Amla decided that instead of a fireworks display, he would be a masterpiece. After racing to 20 off 22 balls, he reverted back to the Amla we once knew. The carefully, calculating batsman that didn't see the need to take risk and that didn't explode every few balls in bubbling-over madness. Together with Morne van Wyk, he turned the strike, over and over and over until the count had taken him past fifty. He was dropped on 71, but it didn't affect his mindset and he soldiered on.

This was the Amla most were accustomed to, punishing only occasionally and playing the spinners with style. The shot that got him to his 100 was a classic example of this. He ran the delivery from Sureh Raina fine, through third man. It was one more four for him and one more hundred for everyone. Even after the rain delay, when South Africa's batsmen were falling like flies in attempted blazes of glory, Amla stood firm. He added the singles he could and ended up unbeaten on 116. South Africa, again on the D/L method, won the match by 33 runs.

That all three of South Africa's victories in the series have come on days that Amla has had success says volumes. In the absence of Jacques Kallis, he is the glue that sticks the batting line-up together. Even when he is hyperactive mode, he is their anchor. There have been times in the series when Amla has looked "wild" as Kepler Wessels put it, but even then he was the top performer in the South African line-up.

"He is batting really well and he is really good nick. When you are on form like that, you have to lead the team and take them through and he has done that," MS Dhoni said, after admitting that his plans, to bowl around the wicket to Amla, often failed despite his bowler's best efforts.

Amla is truly the leader of the batting line-up and ended the series with 250 runs, was the only batsman from South Africa to score a century and his average of 62.50 towered above anyone else's. His series strike-rate was an astounding 94.69. In this innings he learnt how to combine Amla the one-day aggressor with Amla the anchor. "I had a good reminder of my role in the team," he said. What a role that is.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • on January 25, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    @MAN007: and NZ does not exactly have a formidable bowling line up, does it? It didn't require much adjusting to, I would imagine. I never said anything about gambhir. He is a good player and his footwork is spot on. And please don't bring sehwag's innings in melbourne. Brad Hodge was not selected (5 years ago) because he scored most of his runs in melbourne and the sellectors thought he couldnt play the short ball. Article in "sydney morning herald". SO i stand by my comments, sehwag cant play the swinging/bouncing ball against good bowlers. Same as Gilchrist couldn't face Flintoff in England.

  • on January 25, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    @Asis Rout: The umpires ( or a good umpire) should give a decision when a single player appeals and if the batsman is out. By your logic, the umpire should not give a batsman out if the whole team appeals as well(because of excessive appealing). So then, the umpires were right in not giving Symonds out in the scg test..NOT.

  • on January 25, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    @Asis Rout: mate, the only reason i bring the Durban Test into every discussion is when people like yourself do not give credit to the team who has played better. And also because i 'cribbed' about the scg test as well. You dont see me cribbing about matches when the team that plays better deservedly wins. By your logic, Dravid and ganguly should have been out the very next ball in that scg test, so the decisions didn't matter, rite?

  • on January 25, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    @Asis Rout: mate, i said "greatest odi player in the _making_". I never said he was the finished article yet. And yes, I do believe that he will be as good as either of your aforementioned players 10 years later. Plus , you cannot really compare people from different eras. Is Kallis better than SObers? On stats alone, yes. Is kallis better than Imran? again, on stats, yes. Is sachin better than Bradman? on stats bradman is better. But considering sachin played continuously for 20 years, different story. None of these comparisons use adaptive testing, i.e. test as per the difficulty and intelligence of the innings and the match situation. Stats will say Clarke and Dhoni are better players than Cam white and Kohli respectively. But you also have to look at the class of innings played rather than just the stats. Scoring a century to guide your team to a close win is very different to scoring 75* in a total of 350 odd.

  • Hindh on January 25, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    These SA bowlers "green track bullies" wud be carted in indian pitches which happened last time they toured india. they can only bowl threateningly in their bouncy and green pitches.

  • on January 25, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    @Paramjit Das Well I have followed your comments this summer and you sound a bit paranoid and claustrophobic for an Indian name.Well who are you to decide which decisions would have affected the course or outcome of the match?The decisions almost evened out in the end.Thats it.Not many of the Indian fans cribbed about the decisions in the third,fourth,fifth matches of the series and you brought the decisions of the Durban test in every discussion.Don't crib about Sachin's catch in the Capetown test.Umpires are not entitled to give a batsman out when bowlers give a stifled or feeble appeal.So you talk of your cricketing acumen by saying Amla is better than the likes of Richards or Gilly?The only points I agree on with you is the UDRS and South Africa being the better team in ODIs.BCCI should embrace the UDRS.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on January 25, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    @Paramjit Das. So Praveen Kumar is a batsman????. As far as I know he was one of the leading wiket takers for India in 2009 and 2010. And regarding Sachin. there is no need to get certificate for him from you. He proved his class already. If you have doubts, check the test match scores. And I am not mentioning Viru here because he is out of form. If you have doubts about his ability on boucy pitch, check the NZ tour where he was the only player to score 100 and won the match. But you cannot forget Gauti. He is a class act. Check how he adjusted to the bounce of the wicket and got runs in test. And reagrding WC, with this team SA not going to reach semis. They do not know how to play part timers like Yuvi and Rohit. There are lot of spinners in even BD line up. So , once again WC will be a dream for SA.

  • Hindh on January 25, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    klobania wants to satisfy himself by simply bad mouthing indian team ,he does it to deflect his attention from his pathetic Pak team.

  • on January 25, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    @maddy20: But those decisions did _not affect the consequences of the game_. India still would have lost anyways by almost the same margin. Whereas, the decisions in DUrban definitely caused SA to lose the test as well as botha's Bat before wicket dismissal in 2nd ODI caused SA to lose that match. IMO, SA should have won the ODI series 4-1 and tests 2-0 , and that too I am being charitable

  • on January 25, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    @MAN007: even though you may think this was india's B team in odi's, i wasn't. The bowlers are pretty much what India have and no bowler was injured. The batting, well, did you really7 expect sachin and sehwag to make a difference in the ODI's in SA? Sehwag cant play the swinging/bouncing ball and well Sachin's record in SA is still pathetic to say the least. Just give credit where its due. I dont think India will win the WC and neither will aus/eng/sl. I think SA (should) win it if they dont choke but...

  • on January 25, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    @MAN007: and NZ does not exactly have a formidable bowling line up, does it? It didn't require much adjusting to, I would imagine. I never said anything about gambhir. He is a good player and his footwork is spot on. And please don't bring sehwag's innings in melbourne. Brad Hodge was not selected (5 years ago) because he scored most of his runs in melbourne and the sellectors thought he couldnt play the short ball. Article in "sydney morning herald". SO i stand by my comments, sehwag cant play the swinging/bouncing ball against good bowlers. Same as Gilchrist couldn't face Flintoff in England.

  • on January 25, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    @Asis Rout: The umpires ( or a good umpire) should give a decision when a single player appeals and if the batsman is out. By your logic, the umpire should not give a batsman out if the whole team appeals as well(because of excessive appealing). So then, the umpires were right in not giving Symonds out in the scg test..NOT.

  • on January 25, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    @Asis Rout: mate, the only reason i bring the Durban Test into every discussion is when people like yourself do not give credit to the team who has played better. And also because i 'cribbed' about the scg test as well. You dont see me cribbing about matches when the team that plays better deservedly wins. By your logic, Dravid and ganguly should have been out the very next ball in that scg test, so the decisions didn't matter, rite?

  • on January 25, 2011, 14:23 GMT

    @Asis Rout: mate, i said "greatest odi player in the _making_". I never said he was the finished article yet. And yes, I do believe that he will be as good as either of your aforementioned players 10 years later. Plus , you cannot really compare people from different eras. Is Kallis better than SObers? On stats alone, yes. Is kallis better than Imran? again, on stats, yes. Is sachin better than Bradman? on stats bradman is better. But considering sachin played continuously for 20 years, different story. None of these comparisons use adaptive testing, i.e. test as per the difficulty and intelligence of the innings and the match situation. Stats will say Clarke and Dhoni are better players than Cam white and Kohli respectively. But you also have to look at the class of innings played rather than just the stats. Scoring a century to guide your team to a close win is very different to scoring 75* in a total of 350 odd.

  • Hindh on January 25, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    These SA bowlers "green track bullies" wud be carted in indian pitches which happened last time they toured india. they can only bowl threateningly in their bouncy and green pitches.

  • on January 25, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    @Paramjit Das Well I have followed your comments this summer and you sound a bit paranoid and claustrophobic for an Indian name.Well who are you to decide which decisions would have affected the course or outcome of the match?The decisions almost evened out in the end.Thats it.Not many of the Indian fans cribbed about the decisions in the third,fourth,fifth matches of the series and you brought the decisions of the Durban test in every discussion.Don't crib about Sachin's catch in the Capetown test.Umpires are not entitled to give a batsman out when bowlers give a stifled or feeble appeal.So you talk of your cricketing acumen by saying Amla is better than the likes of Richards or Gilly?The only points I agree on with you is the UDRS and South Africa being the better team in ODIs.BCCI should embrace the UDRS.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on January 25, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    @Paramjit Das. So Praveen Kumar is a batsman????. As far as I know he was one of the leading wiket takers for India in 2009 and 2010. And regarding Sachin. there is no need to get certificate for him from you. He proved his class already. If you have doubts, check the test match scores. And I am not mentioning Viru here because he is out of form. If you have doubts about his ability on boucy pitch, check the NZ tour where he was the only player to score 100 and won the match. But you cannot forget Gauti. He is a class act. Check how he adjusted to the bounce of the wicket and got runs in test. And reagrding WC, with this team SA not going to reach semis. They do not know how to play part timers like Yuvi and Rohit. There are lot of spinners in even BD line up. So , once again WC will be a dream for SA.

  • Hindh on January 25, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    klobania wants to satisfy himself by simply bad mouthing indian team ,he does it to deflect his attention from his pathetic Pak team.

  • on January 25, 2011, 8:04 GMT

    @maddy20: But those decisions did _not affect the consequences of the game_. India still would have lost anyways by almost the same margin. Whereas, the decisions in DUrban definitely caused SA to lose the test as well as botha's Bat before wicket dismissal in 2nd ODI caused SA to lose that match. IMO, SA should have won the ODI series 4-1 and tests 2-0 , and that too I am being charitable

  • on January 25, 2011, 8:02 GMT

    @MAN007: even though you may think this was india's B team in odi's, i wasn't. The bowlers are pretty much what India have and no bowler was injured. The batting, well, did you really7 expect sachin and sehwag to make a difference in the ODI's in SA? Sehwag cant play the swinging/bouncing ball and well Sachin's record in SA is still pathetic to say the least. Just give credit where its due. I dont think India will win the WC and neither will aus/eng/sl. I think SA (should) win it if they dont choke but...

  • on January 25, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    @Asis Rout: Still Amla has an overall better s/r than either of your players mentioned and a significantly higher avaerage than them. Add to that he is a brilliant fielder too and you have your greatest ODI player in the making. Can he bowl?

  • on January 25, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    @diri Oh so how many runs your flat track bullies Abraham De Villiers and Greame Smith scored in this series?Amla didn't even register a strike rate of 90 in his innings.Don't anoint anyone as "greatest ODI batsman" or something like that.Where will Viv Richards,Gilchrist,Sanath will go, man?Amla doesn't have fourth or fifth gear in his batting as of now.

  • diri on January 25, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    klobania you are 100% correct.Sewag is a flat track bully and this was highlighted by the tour to SA....I respect Sachin altough i think Kallis is a better player and if he was an Indian he would be the god of cricket and not Sachin....Amla has proven me wrong because i thought he was only a test player but he could go on to become the greatest ODI player ever

  • klobania on January 24, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    i think amla is no doubt the best odi n test player in the world n those indian fans who r making themselves satisfied by saying that it was india's B team then mind u apart of rohit sharma the other 10 players were among the 15 probables for the world cup yes if u believe urself that india is b class team then we might agree with u. anywayz we all know why sehwag n sachin were absent from that series simply they wish to avoid bouncing wickets of south africa to ensure their confidence level wont be down and their so called records n avgs do not go down. pity on indian fans

  • SurlyCynic on January 24, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    The amazing thing is he was easily the fastest to 2000 runs in history, and then hit a century! He could be even further ahead by 3000 runs. And to think he was once regarded as a test player only...

  • UAETigers on January 24, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    Hashim Amla reminds about another great classic player "Mohammad Yousuf", the way he plays, the way he meets the ball under his helmet, the way he leans forward to cream the ball through covers and point boundaries resembles same as of the Great Mohammad Yousuf.

    Though he has an edge over him in facing and milking short pitch stuff, Amla is a great batsman to watch whether he is in MAD Mode or milking the strike mode!

  • P.Srikanth on January 24, 2011, 15:35 GMT

    Amla is the man to watch. It is magnificent how this lad carries himself on and off the field, truly professional, silent and composed. Frankly speaking, this is the only guy who never sledged or uttered a word. Speaking of his batting prowess, all I can say in one word is "EXCEPTIONAL". His masterclass innings of 253 in Nagpur and the century in Kolkata on turning wickets has rung the alarm in the cricketing world that a genius has arrived. SA had many openers, but no one's record is substantial to speak off even since their revival in 1992. So, other countries beware of this man and I should say he is find of the decade along with Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel.

  • Mohd...... on January 24, 2011, 15:21 GMT

    This guy is really made of Steel!... Getting 2000 Runs in just about 40 ODI innings is no joke...and being the fastest one to do that is really a great achievement... Upfront he gives a solid start to the team and with some many other exciting players to follow after him in the batting order is going to be a great prospect for SA in the world cup.

    To me the teams that have have maximum chances to win the worldcup are as follows in the same order. 1. SA 2. India 3. England 4. Australia

    Rest of the teams are no match... and the above 4 would actually be the Semifinalists as well...

  • diri on January 24, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    ZiyaadBaig lol you are correct...I did do that didnt I???? but since everyone else is doing it ........i should to :-)

  • ZiyaadBaig on January 24, 2011, 12:48 GMT

    @ diri... I am a South African and I am a great fan of my country and Klusener is one of my favourites but I have to laugh at your comment because you say "stop talking about Yusuf because this article is about Amla" and then you go start talking about Klusener??? isnt this article about Amla?

  • Fast_Track_Bully on January 24, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    @ Duronto Pothik . Are you not ashamed to mention a club team while talking about series between world NO:1 and NO:2 teams???

  • on January 24, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    Well well well Amla is one of the best ODI bats of this era... Plz stop comparing Amla with an ordinary player like Yousuf Pathan who is not even eligible to play in indian XI. You dont become a good bat by just scoring one century in ages... And you must accept that SA were dominant in ODI series and India were just pathetic. And with Kallis and Amla, they have a very good chance of WC this time.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on January 24, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    @ Duronto Pothik. Can you guess what will be the total of India against the minnows? 350 ? 400? Even on a bouncy SA pitches aganist Morkel and Styen India scored 200 with a B team. So what BD can expect? A fluke win in a past WC will not make a country great. You are still the baby in international cricket. Just wait an watch and pray for some mercy from Viru and Sachin. :P

  • diri on January 24, 2011, 11:50 GMT

    stop talking about Yusuf.. this article is about Amla who is reliable and way better than yusuf because he plays all forms of the game.....please dont compare Yusuf to Lance Klusner. Klusner was in a class of his own and won many many matches for SA on his own. If that was klusner batting yesterday he would have taken India to victory and not just close.....remember Lance klusner played in an era before t20 cricket yet you could say he was the reason t20 and Ipl even came came about....because he was devestating and a great entertainer and thats what people want to see

  • anver777 on January 24, 2011, 11:41 GMT

    Certainly "Batting Machine" Amla played a controlled innings for SA in the decider..... he's very wristy & treat to watch, his batting style is similar to Azharuddin ......... Hope u continue this form in WC !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • maddy20 on January 24, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    @Duronto My dear when was the last time BD has beaten India in any international game? Yes we will come and we will spank your ordinary team of out of the world cup!

  • VixV on January 24, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    This is right guys...SA were well deserved team to win the one dayers as they played better cricket then Indians, but good for India as there were individual performances from Indian side. Chances in WC for SA is minimum..reason is playing conditions. Last SA'fcan visit shows u, when Sachin got 200* N.O also ask Amla, Kallis or any S African batsman to face Steyn or Morkel in SA..u will get to knw the diffrence.TsoTsobe ha ha ha ...he gonna be a poor guy in SA lineup when he will be in India, that for sure.

  • Tusker_KTK on January 24, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    See you south african's in NAGPUR(in world cup),u will lose there.its sure. (dont forget the 1 and only 200 in odi happened in GWALIOR.)

  • pom_basher on January 24, 2011, 10:17 GMT

    Great Century by Amla, and very good allround performance by SA in the ODI series, but frankly I don't see them not choking even once in the knockout phase of the cup. Its such a shame that bunch of such a talented individuals when faced with even a little tough situation in deciding ODI games look as more clueless than Indian middle order on bouncy tracks.

  • on January 24, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    some indian mate telling its their B team..really funny!!!we are waiting for your so called A team.Come to Bd (in WC) we will give you a good lesson to your A team..yes i am from Bangladesh.dont forget to bring Sachin sehwag,Gambhir.Why you r not considering SA as better then yours.winning by 1 run,2 wicket and losing by 135 runs (with tendulkar)...hahaha dear frndz let ur team to practice more and get preparation well.

  • adillove on January 24, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    @Sen11: Yeah for sure that's why YOUSUF got out just like a not real batsman right in the time they were near to win and lost the game just because he gave his GIFT WICKET to Morkel because of him SA won and that's why he should be the man of the match! lol

  • maddy20 on January 24, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    @DannoTheManno Only losers make excuses. What about JP's run out descision in the third game and LBW descision(plumb) in game 4? 1 or 2 umpiring errors are part and parcel of the game. Get over it already Pakistani!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on January 24, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    @adillove. If you think YP is the best batsman in the Indian lineup then you may be dump. He is yet to ensure his position in the playing 11. And lets wait and see what will Kallis and Company will do against part timers in a truing track. BTW, team India did will get full mark just because everyone predict a 3-0 , 5-0 for SA. But it was just luck and wrong decisions from umpire gave SA the ODI series. just think 4th ODI were Both was plumb and he score 45+ runs. Luck because the rain and DW method helped SA to get 18 more runs and there was no rain after that!.

  • AnshulGarg on January 24, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    India Faltered because they dint have their Opening pair .. No worries.. they truly proved that they are the number one in the world! South Africans - They had home advantage , And steyn and morne were awesome.. So was Amla.. Tests Belonged to INDIA , THe 20 20 to INDIA.. and ONE DAYERS to South Africa, coz of Absence of Sehwag , Sachin ( In a Great Form ) , Gambhir Bowlers have done well.. And SA without Kallis cant be called as Weak Team. They were at 95% Strength.. India at 70% Strength..

  • DannoTheManno on January 24, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    SA completly outplayed India in this series. The results are flattering to India who - to be fair - were ill equiped to handle the pace and bounce of Morkel + Steyn + Tsotsobe. Parnell was struggling and was the only chink in the SA armour - which India did exploit. As soon as SA got this selection right there was no chance for India and it showed. They relied on an in form slogger to make the series look remotley competitive... Well played SA, who were unlucky not to win the Test series (Dodgy umpiring decisions - due to Indias suspicious refusal to use UDRS) and completely dominated the One dayers... best side in the World at the moment.

  • sen11 on January 24, 2011, 8:36 GMT

    Amla's century was very boring to watch, his 116 nowhere near to yousuf's 105, he would not scored even 10 runs if he batted instead of yousuf in the second innings, MOM should have been morkel or yousuf.

  • on January 24, 2011, 7:59 GMT

    C'mon Indian fans don't show your foolish cricketing brains over here. I m Indian as well and I respect good cricket. I hate those people who try to degrade other's great performances. Indian fans want to convince their minds that this was a half Indian side but SA was also without their 2 Players ( Kallis ). I am sure that Sachin and Sehwag couldn't have made a difference as they were in terrible form so it was better to go back home and start practicing for the WC. Ya Gambhir could have played well though but this wasn't SA's problem. They played well and deservedly won the series. Accept the defeat and start preparing for the WC India. I really would have said that India and SL were WC favourites but do you guys realise that there is no Super 8's around this time. Top 4 teams from each group would play Quarter Finals and one loss and there you go out of the WC. So this WC is wide open anybody from top 6 could win it.

  • on January 24, 2011, 7:06 GMT

    well some of the Indian fans mentioned the part time bowler and B team stuff. If zaheer, Harbbajan, Patel, Chawla aren't your regular bowlers then who is? Medium and spin are the only type of bowlers India have, zaheer and harbajan being the only reasonable bowlers. And on those flat decks they are going to get a punishment of a life time. India aren't going to reach the semi final on its batting alone.

  • adillove on January 24, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    And India didn't played last match good they were awful except YOUSUF who played very well not all Indian team!

  • adillove on January 24, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    @Man007: You said AMLA will not win every match than i would like to say that YOUSUF will not have a 70 balls 100 in every match either! And in world cup there will be J.Kallis also in team so I don't think that they would lose any match so easily!

  • Narayan.Shastri on January 24, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    Amla is THE (new) WALL in cricket. You don't need to blast every ball over the boundary to get runs. Just see how he scores runs. An average of 57plus in ODIs is no small deal!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on January 24, 2011, 4:00 GMT

    To be frank, SA are not going to reach even semis with this batting. Their inability against even part time spinners is again proved. Do not assume that Amla will win matches for you every time. On the other hand India played well with a half side. 4 seniors were not in the team and still they played brilliantly. Well done team India!

  • Hindh on January 24, 2011, 3:12 GMT

    Even this india B team has taken SA for a ride in odi series..........

  • Q72941 on January 24, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    He is Mr.Cool as ice with brighter future ahead, hope to see many cool innings from him.

  • Raju_Iyer on January 24, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    To manasvi-lingam- the guy has played less than 50 ODIs and you have concluded he is te best of this era and will probably finish with the highest ever average of all time - oh please give us all a break! Just to give you some perspective, Virat Kohli who is a full 5 years younger has already played a few more ODIs than Amla! No denying that Amla is in the form of his life and like others have written, a pleasure to watch when in full flow but let's not get too carried away. And to ratedstfu44 - agree SA dominated everywhere, including the choking department!!

  • cricket_for_all on January 24, 2011, 2:03 GMT

    I have no word to this guy.!!!

  • on January 23, 2011, 22:09 GMT

    We can't compare Amla to anyone, because he is having his own class, a different talent and cool style. If you look at his Avg it seems like he will cross all big names of cricketing history. Wish you best of luck...

  • coolguyrocks on January 23, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    Great to see that experience has moulded him to beat the odds... when all Indian players where trying to strike up in 4s n 6s, Amla played an outstanding innings by pacing the innings... Great work...

  • on January 23, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    three words, "well played sir". As effective as Tendulkar/Ponting as an ODI player. Amazes me how much his game has improved in 4 years time. Used to be a walking wicket when he started. But he repaid the selector's faith. I could watch his backfoot cover drives all day long along with Laxman and Sachin's strokeplay.

  • The_big_j on January 23, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    Amla reminds me alot of Saeed Anwar. His shot selection and timing is just absolutely magnificient. Good for him and I hope he continues the way he has.

  • delastbastion on January 23, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    Very good technical batsman, in the form of his life, but with tailenders trying desperately to give him the strike in the final over.....his refusal to attempt any runs was the most selfish piece of of cricket iv'e seen in recent times.. I cant wish him any luck in his future endeavours.

  • on January 23, 2011, 19:21 GMT

    I believe Amla would be the next master blaster, Sachin

  • ratedstfu44 on January 23, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    The better team won. INdia have nothing to cheer. The score 3-2 looks competitive...but it wasnt. SA dominated everyhere.

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on January 23, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    He's just a fantastic player who seems to grow with every series. SA's future in both batting and bowling looks pretty good to be honest.

  • on January 23, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    what a player! Amla being described as WILD! And he still is the Amla everone knows. WOW

  • manasvi_lingam on January 23, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    Quite simply the best ODI batsman of this era. There is no way to get him out since he usually takes minimal risks and once he is set he will always score a big 50 or a 100. He will probably finish with the highest ODI average of all time.

  • on January 23, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    Ur the one to make another double hundred in ODI's... best luck Brozer...

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  • on January 23, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    Ur the one to make another double hundred in ODI's... best luck Brozer...

  • manasvi_lingam on January 23, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    Quite simply the best ODI batsman of this era. There is no way to get him out since he usually takes minimal risks and once he is set he will always score a big 50 or a 100. He will probably finish with the highest ODI average of all time.

  • on January 23, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    what a player! Amla being described as WILD! And he still is the Amla everone knows. WOW

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on January 23, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    He's just a fantastic player who seems to grow with every series. SA's future in both batting and bowling looks pretty good to be honest.

  • ratedstfu44 on January 23, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    The better team won. INdia have nothing to cheer. The score 3-2 looks competitive...but it wasnt. SA dominated everyhere.

  • on January 23, 2011, 19:21 GMT

    I believe Amla would be the next master blaster, Sachin

  • delastbastion on January 23, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    Very good technical batsman, in the form of his life, but with tailenders trying desperately to give him the strike in the final over.....his refusal to attempt any runs was the most selfish piece of of cricket iv'e seen in recent times.. I cant wish him any luck in his future endeavours.

  • The_big_j on January 23, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    Amla reminds me alot of Saeed Anwar. His shot selection and timing is just absolutely magnificient. Good for him and I hope he continues the way he has.

  • on January 23, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    three words, "well played sir". As effective as Tendulkar/Ponting as an ODI player. Amazes me how much his game has improved in 4 years time. Used to be a walking wicket when he started. But he repaid the selector's faith. I could watch his backfoot cover drives all day long along with Laxman and Sachin's strokeplay.

  • coolguyrocks on January 23, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    Great to see that experience has moulded him to beat the odds... when all Indian players where trying to strike up in 4s n 6s, Amla played an outstanding innings by pacing the innings... Great work...