South Africa v India, 2nd ODI, Durban December 8, 2013

Amla 'a bit embarrassed' by beating Richards to 4000

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'No such thing as easy-meat' - Amla

This was a landmark day for Hashim Amla. He doesn't play for the Dolphins anymore, technically his home ground is Cape Town now. However, Kingsmead remains his home ground in public perception, you just can't separate the two. On Sunday he finally brought up his first international hundred at home. Along the way, when he scored his 59th run, Amla became the fastest to 4000 ODI runs, beating Viv Richards' record by seven innings. Amla was rather embarrassed about that. About the general batting, he kept going back to praising his opening partner Quinton de Kock, with whom he became only the second pairing in ODIs to have put up back-to-back 150-plus stands. Listening to him, you almost felt like he had not done anything substantial, and that it is not him you should be talking about.

"Feel a bit embarrassed to have it because Sir Viv Richards is certainly the master blaster, the original great batsman," Amla said of the record of fastest to 4000 runs. "He is more deserving than anyone else. I have met him on a few occasions, so it makes even more embarrassing. It would be befitting if he was ahead." By this point he was almost giggling, trying to hide, in his words, embarrassment.

"Whatever the case be, there is a lot of one-day cricket these days and no doubt someone else will come along and beat that and the game will just carry on."

When asked about finally getting a hundred at home, Amla could speak only two sentences before moving on to de Kock. "Very happy. Certainly it has been one of my leaner scoring grounds, so I am glad to get some runs. My partnership with Quinny was very vital. He has been batting beautifully. We have kind of clicked a bit. We have kind of got something going."

Amla went on to praise de Kock further. "He has come a long way from the time we were in Sri Lanka, and there were a few doubts about his ability opening the batting against spin," Amla said. "But against Pakistan and against India here he has shown he has got all attributes to be a great player. He scores quickly, he has got great thinking when he is batting. I was telling someone else that I have been blown away by the fact that he has got a great calmness when he bats. So it has been a good experience."

Amla said de Kock has improved a lot mentally. "The way he is approaching his game now [shows it]," Amla said. "We chat between overs, certainly that's the point that comes through. He has got a great idea on how to score runs. He is an attacking batsman. That's the best thing you can have as an opener in a one-day team.

"Someone who can take the attack to the bowlers, but when the need be... We have had some difficult batting situations - I remember he came at No. 3 in PE [against Pakistan], it wasn't that easy to score, and he assessed that quite quickly, and that is a really good thing. He has played under 20 one-day games. Adjusting like that, hopefully he has got a very bright future."

At one point, Amla was told he was probably the best Test batsman in the world, and might be headed towards becoming the best ODI opener. Amla couldn't have been more embarrassed. "I am not the best Test batsman in the world," he said. "Everybody goes through certain phases in their career when they score a lot of runs, and then they go through leaner phases. Fortunately I have managed to get some runs. But I am not going to look too far ahead."

And immediately he went back to de Kock. "You never know what is around the corner," Amla said. "Guys like Quinton coming along. He is putting his hand up to be probably one of the best. It's early to talk and put too much pressure on the youngster, but I think Quinny has a bright future as an opening batsman. For me I am just going to block up one end while he smashes it all over."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • edgie on December 11, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    Amla is not only a great batsman, but a great human being. Yes, he will have his detractors, but no one can doubt both his talent, and his humbleness...

  • on December 11, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    @Sudhir Kulkarni.. but the point is even the so called GOD worshipped Sir Viv :D

  • on December 11, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    @Al_Bundy1.....pls note that he mentioned "original great batsman".....u cant compare him with the GOD.....Cricke_ is incomplete without Tendulkar.....

  • Al_Bundy1 on December 11, 2013, 1:28 GMT

    Agree with @MaruthuDelft - Tendulkar fans please take note; the 'original great batsman'. Yesterday I saw a clip on Viv. Tendulakr is nothing compared to Viv.

  • sk123 on December 10, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    People tend to forget when some of these batsmen have made debut. Amla was 25 yrs old when he played his first ODI .. and Kohli was 20. I'm not saying one is better than the other, but it sure should count to something when you debut as a mature (25 year old) test batsman in ODI. Now compare that to Sachin who was facing the likes of Donald, Akram, McGrath at 17. In my opinion the best comparison between batsmen would be the record between the ages of 25 and 38 - You will notice how Kallis and Sachin stand out when that criteria is added. Thanks

  • JustIPL on December 10, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    And sometime back we were comparing the likes of Kohli with Sir Viv. Hashim Amla is wonderful comparision no doubt. While Amla has just scored his first home 100 afte sometime kohli is well known for home run fests.

  • on December 10, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    If he averages 30 in his next 32 ODI innings he'll be the fastest to 5000 runs by number of innings. If he reaches this however he is most likely to break the record in number of matches as well (provided non or very few get washed out when he hasn't batted). That shows just how amazing a player he is, plus to also average 50+ in tests, he is definitely a class above Virat Kohli.

  • sak00n on December 10, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    Kholi should learn from him, dhoni and misbah be cool and play game amla is good batsman and a parson.

  • din7 on December 10, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    he's so humble that he says he's embarrased...u deserve it mate nothin to be embarrased abt..ask the same to some of our indian flat pitch stars..they try to show how happy they are..unarguably Amla is currently the best batsmen in world cricket..PERIOD

  • on December 10, 2013, 2:20 GMT

    Viv is a great player. Amla breaking his record, doesn't necessarily mean he is better than the legend, and vice versa. Both have made their mark on the game and it's Cricket, which should be thankful for having such talented players. Amla's excellent conduct on and off the field inspires others to do the same. I just hope, SA increases the number of ODI and test cricket they take part in. It's hard to believe Amla has played less than 100 matches.

  • edgie on December 11, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    Amla is not only a great batsman, but a great human being. Yes, he will have his detractors, but no one can doubt both his talent, and his humbleness...

  • on December 11, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    @Sudhir Kulkarni.. but the point is even the so called GOD worshipped Sir Viv :D

  • on December 11, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    @Al_Bundy1.....pls note that he mentioned "original great batsman".....u cant compare him with the GOD.....Cricke_ is incomplete without Tendulkar.....

  • Al_Bundy1 on December 11, 2013, 1:28 GMT

    Agree with @MaruthuDelft - Tendulkar fans please take note; the 'original great batsman'. Yesterday I saw a clip on Viv. Tendulakr is nothing compared to Viv.

  • sk123 on December 10, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    People tend to forget when some of these batsmen have made debut. Amla was 25 yrs old when he played his first ODI .. and Kohli was 20. I'm not saying one is better than the other, but it sure should count to something when you debut as a mature (25 year old) test batsman in ODI. Now compare that to Sachin who was facing the likes of Donald, Akram, McGrath at 17. In my opinion the best comparison between batsmen would be the record between the ages of 25 and 38 - You will notice how Kallis and Sachin stand out when that criteria is added. Thanks

  • JustIPL on December 10, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    And sometime back we were comparing the likes of Kohli with Sir Viv. Hashim Amla is wonderful comparision no doubt. While Amla has just scored his first home 100 afte sometime kohli is well known for home run fests.

  • on December 10, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    If he averages 30 in his next 32 ODI innings he'll be the fastest to 5000 runs by number of innings. If he reaches this however he is most likely to break the record in number of matches as well (provided non or very few get washed out when he hasn't batted). That shows just how amazing a player he is, plus to also average 50+ in tests, he is definitely a class above Virat Kohli.

  • sak00n on December 10, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    Kholi should learn from him, dhoni and misbah be cool and play game amla is good batsman and a parson.

  • din7 on December 10, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    he's so humble that he says he's embarrased...u deserve it mate nothin to be embarrased abt..ask the same to some of our indian flat pitch stars..they try to show how happy they are..unarguably Amla is currently the best batsmen in world cricket..PERIOD

  • on December 10, 2013, 2:20 GMT

    Viv is a great player. Amla breaking his record, doesn't necessarily mean he is better than the legend, and vice versa. Both have made their mark on the game and it's Cricket, which should be thankful for having such talented players. Amla's excellent conduct on and off the field inspires others to do the same. I just hope, SA increases the number of ODI and test cricket they take part in. It's hard to believe Amla has played less than 100 matches.

  • Skywalker1977 on December 9, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    The ones who should actually be embarrassed are the Indian batsmen - for plundering runs at home while collectively failing against some accurate incisive fast bowling, the Indians bowlers - for making it routine to concede 350+ totals.

  • RDLikesCricket on December 9, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    One of the best cricketers around - Hashim Amla... Wish he soars greater heights in all forms of the game. Backbone of SA batting & when Kallis retires (oops!!!) he will have a greater responsibility. All the very best to SA and Amla.

  • CricketChat on December 9, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    While Amla might appear calm outwardly, there is nothing calm when he gets going. He can score at a fast clip almost unnoticed. That, in my opinion, is his biggest asset. He is in purple patch of his playing career. Hope he continues in this vein for next 2-3 yrs at least.

  • zarasochozarasamjho on December 9, 2013, 17:15 GMT

    It is very heartening to see that some real nice guys DO go right to the top. One cannot really compare batsmen and players of different eras as conditions are different. One thing is for sure; both were/are world class batsmen. Amla comes across as a very well rounded person where every aspect of life has a perspective and hence is at peace with himself. He has nothing to prove and he has others, like people who have commented here, to praise him. In the final analysis, Viv faced truly great fast bowlers from Pakistan, Australia, and New Zealand; and was "lucky" not to the face the fearsome 4 of the West Indies ace attack.

  • phat55 on December 9, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    well done PaperCuts223 for putting some delusional Indian supporter back in line lol.nothing much to say about the mighty Hash....as humble as they come! fastest to 2000 & 3000 and now 4000 ODI runs in history!! watch out Virat,the Hash will be knocking at your door soon to take the 5000 runs record as well here in SA we sometimes tend to take our world class players & their stats for granted whereas the english/aussie/indian media would've made GODS of them averaging 52 in tests & almost 54 in ODIs with a 90SR is phenomenal to say the least

  • hnlns on December 9, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    Amla is a very humble human being. Despite achieving such a great feat, he is very down to earth and modest. I like his attitude very much and wish him more success in all forms of cricket.

  • on December 9, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    Cricket was meant for gentlemen like Mr. Amla. Congratulations to him on achieving this feat and may God bless him with much more success over a long career in the game.

  • ZkAneela on December 9, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    Hashim Amla is the only player in world nowadays who shows no pride on his career even though he remains at the top for most of his career.I love hashim amla's character.The face shows everything.

  • getsetgopk on December 9, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    Such a nice gentleman he is that Amla would not have scored a single run against any bowler out of his kindness for the poor bowlers if he could help it. He's even embarassed by breaking a record that too of a legendary cricketer in the history of the game. Never seen nor heard of a much nicer cricketer before, may he prosper and break more records, i'm sure he will, respect and admiration from Pakistan.

  • on December 9, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    "We are honoured that your forefathers hails from Gujrat (India). A great player and a very humble man.A true modern day ckt gentleman. May God grace him with even more success!"...

  • Twinkie on December 9, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Good batsman, great person, it seems. Show the others how it's done, Amla!

  • Biggus on December 9, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    @Bruce Robinson:- This is what I wrote mate," What a charmer Amla is! What disarming modesty and and a lovely light sense of humour. Can't help but love the guy." You're replying to the wrong person.

  • AltafPatel on December 9, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Amla is as generous batsman as Sachin was. They concentrate on game while they are in or out of ground. De Kock showed amazing talent and skills and I am sure Smith will not disturb his position. Smith should replace inconsistent Duminy, who fails in crucial situations. Miller should be rotated with Parnell.

  • DeckChairand6pack on December 9, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    Congratulations Hashim, and what wonderful words. Pride certainly comes before a fall. Sir Vivian has stood the test of time and only time will tell how Hashim records will hold up to scrutiny. Well I am sure. They both play cricket in different times and circumstances. It's wonderful seeing Hashim bat and I'm glad he is in our side.

  • on December 9, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    It is this humility that has put Amla firmly on his way to be put in the pantheon of greats! Being an Indian fan, I must say that even getting beaten by such opposition is an honor!

  • Pak_Guru on December 9, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    Brillant Mr Amla. Next target to reach 5000 runs ( Viv/ Virat ). The confidence De kock has gained is tremendous after his drop catch by Hafeez in UAE where he went on to score his maiden century, its just amazing. This kid has just not looked back, as for Amla, what a team player to have in the side. Its a shame Umar Akmal is not able to score centuries even after being more talented than De Kock. I guess mental strength is the key here. Bravo Hashim and De Kock.

  • on December 9, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    I for one will go with Isaac as he is talking wrt contemporaries and thus net run rate would and should be a better measure and those days people play out the 50 overs for 60 odd runs so yes Amla is lacking

  • on December 9, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    One of the honest and meaningful interview i have come a across ... I love Hashim's down to earth character and humbleness as a sports man. These are bit of food for thoughts for the current star players which will definitely make them "great to greatest"

  • on December 9, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    Hats off to a true sportsman and shportsmanship.

  • on December 9, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    Food for thought: Amla is no doubt the best overall batsman in the world currently (Clarke fans, Kohli fans, you can jog on). However, he is right to say that he is not as good as Viv, because his numbers are better in direct comparison, but fairly similar or even worse when used relatively. Amla's average stands out because even now, averaging over 50 in ODI cricket is phenomenal, especially at the top of the order, Viv on the other hand, scored his runs so much faster than his contemporaries it was outrageous: Amla would have to score at a strike rate almost 20% better than he does now to have the same impact on matches that Viv had!

  • Dishanstc on December 9, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    Amla is not the only cricketer in the current side who's humility and well brought up show, David Miller Who Praised Jesus for getting that IPL hundred and Morne Morkel who speaks to people as Sir/Madam. the gentlemen still exist in cricket

  • Salman_Shakeel84 on December 9, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    I am from Pakistan and there is a massive respect for Hashim Amla among all Pakistanis. His humbleness is amazing; Not only a great batsman but also he is a very nice human being as well.

    Big respect from Pakistan...May Amla prosper more in upcoming years as we cherish Amla success

  • on December 9, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    Amla is a wonderful player & right now at his peak, he is playing both fast bowling & spin equally well. He is among those players who have started playing ODI quite late as compare to test matches. He is 30 yr & 253 days old but he has just played 84 ODIs as compare to 71 test matches. We have always considered him a great test player but he is touching phenomenal height in ODI as well. SA dont play test much these days otherwise he has the ability to become fastest to reach 10,000 runs in test matches as well.

  • on December 9, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    @Biggus. Actually their career strike rates are almost identical at this stage around 90. Statsguru is easy to use. I recommend it.

  • Rhys.C on December 9, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    What a wonderfully humble cricketer. It's enjoyable to see a a stand up bloke like Amla having success.

  • Haz95 on December 9, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    The guy who said he can't play spin... As a pakistani, we do have the best spin attack in all forms and I will say Amla along with De Villiers can play Saeed Ajmal , the best bowler in the world along with Steyn Atm, very very well. Even Saeed admits it. He's a very modest and humble character. To average 50+ in both forms of cricket is exceptional, much better than those flat track bullys who can barely replicate it at their own homes. Amla, admits he's nowhere near as destructive as Sir Viv, yet he still has a 90+ strike rate. Amla defo can be an all time great, surpassing kallis in batting as well in his current period.

  • Smahuta on December 9, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    @DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement You are wrong when saying Amla knows that his strike rate is nowhere near Vivs. In fact his strike rate is almost IDENTICAL to Vivs. Vivs is 90.20 and Amlas is 90.18. Amlas record is pretty phenomenal. He has played half the amonit of ODIS viv had by the time he retired and he is only 2000 runs short of Vivs final tally. I think its fair to say that Viv was the original but these days scoring tons at a run a ball is pretty standard fare.

  • wanatawu on December 9, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement in fact 90.2, ave 47.00 while Amla's current strike is 90.18 ave of 53.88. Just because Amla is not a master blaster does not mean he is an slough.

  • Kirk_Levin on December 9, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    If Amla played for an subcontinent team, he would have accumulated more runs due to small grounds and concrete pitches. A true test of a batsman is when they are able to score runs everywhere; Clark, Sanga and Amla.

  • bdsmaruf on December 9, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    I also like mighty hash amla..but he is right,viv is the best..

  • ketaann on December 9, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    amla is the great player.

  • imtiazjaleel on December 9, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    dont compare the runs scored. Always compare the situation and the opposition attack, then only you can understand who is better.

  • uk2009 on December 9, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    Great Guy! Great Cricketer and an exemplary muslim!

  • BillyCC on December 9, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    It's simple really. At this stage in his career compared to all others, Amla is better than the likes of Viv and Sachin in ODIs. He needs to boost his stats up a little in Test cricket but not much. He already averages 52.5, take that up to the mid-fifties and things start to get really serious (I'm talking top five batsmen of all time serious).

  • Biggus on December 9, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    What a charmer Amla is! What disarming modesty and and a lovely light sense of humour. Can't help but love the guy.

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on December 9, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    amla himself knows that his striking rate is nowhere near to viv, so amla refrain himself from comparing to viv.

    sachin played 150% more odi games than viv, but his avg difference is just 2 and strike rate difference is just 4. would you say a batsman who avg 120 in 5 test matches is better batsman than broadman? SO SACHIN IS BETTER BATSMAN THAN VIV. viv never played against great fast bowling and spin bowling bcz many are his teammates and also he retired before few legend step into cricket.

  • Protears on December 9, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Hash Bash is apparently a home ground bully, I find this odd when most of his massive scores are abroad, I don't know the 311 at Lords, the 193 in Perth, the 254 in Nagpur, if I am not mistaken Amla has like 3-4 hundreds in India but apparently he can only bully at home?

    Let me tell you who is a home ground bully. Ravichandaran Arshwin, 95 test wickets in 15 test matches on dust bowls and rank turners, 9 wickets in 4 tests abroad. Thats just to name one of India's pitch fixed wonders.

  • ahmadleo on December 9, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    the biggest difference between Asian players and rest of the world cricket players, that they are modest and true professionals. Even if i look myself as a cricket follower,to me, my best players Runs/ Wicket matters. I mean that player personal records. Where as i will hardly care about his match winning performance. So we need to think about it. I wish you good luck Amla..

  • on December 9, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    Hash is taking on some kind of a Madiba thing with his humility! Love to see it.

  • on December 9, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Wow! What a fantastic man he is, modesty and honesty pours out of his heart. Sooner or later he is going to get fastest five thousand runs as he seems to enjoy batting.

  • on December 9, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    @GRVJPR i laugh at ur ignorance..in his last tour of india Amla scored 500 runs in spinning tracks...check records before commenting abt a truly gr8 batsman. by the way i am indian......

  • MaruthuDelft on December 9, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    Tendulkar fans please take note; the 'original great batsman'. Yesterday I saw a clip on Viv. Tendulakr is nothing compared to Viv.

  • cdhu on December 9, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    i like mighty hash amla..but he is right,viv is the best..

  • PaperCuts223 on December 9, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    @GRVJPR - "Amla is a home track bully. He can't play on turining pitches where the real test of any batsmen is."

    Amla's average in Tests vs India (In India) = 102.87 and ODI's = 60.66. Quite an average performance away from home for a "home track bully" wouldn't you say?

  • Testcricketistop on December 9, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    GRVJPR - You're having a laugh right?

    Amla averages 57.84 in Asia He has scored 4 Centuries and 3 fifties in 21 innings His highest score is 254 not out in Asia

  • on December 9, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    Look at this guy Amla, he's such a modest guy and such an wonderful and versatile batsman. Virat is already named Viv's replacement... LOL. Indians should stop the hype around them, people around the world like them but get irritated with the hype. We don't play amongst ourselves, we have to play with world teams. Also MOST of the world teams cant play short ball or the type of bowling from SA (look at England's performance even though they're very successful recently), but Indians gets slammed. Learn humility from people like Amla guys!

  • legfinedeep on December 9, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    The most amazing thing about Amla, is that very often you don't even realize how prolifically he is scoring his runs - he comes in to bat, goes about his business and you look up at the scoreboard and see he is already approaching 40. No histrionics, no fuss, just a wristy busy accumulator. He has that great ability that very few others have. Yesterday when the bat was not coming on to the ball, many players would have gone forceful for big hits, but he was content to keep milking for singles. I am sure dekocks century as in no small part due to Amla's mentoring as well - to just rotate the strike and don't force the issue with unnecessary chances (at least till the 35th over). BOTH his test and ODI averages are staggeringly good - if he lived in India he would have been hero-worshipped. Great player, and great character.

  • muxa on December 9, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    Hashim Amla is the best current player in all formats in every condition scored 500 odd runs in india scored a triple century in england. what a great sign of humbleness.. and a true picture of a Muslim. i remember the dean jones incident and how he reacted about that just show his character and attitude toward the game and other players

  • Testcricketistop on December 9, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    South Africa has been the best touring nation for the past 6 years.

    They have not lost an away test series since Sri Lanka in 2006.

    The biggest issue for them in limited overs cricket has been the experimentation and rotation of their squad for limited overs cricket which has caused them to perform inconsistently in the shorter formats of the game.

    Since 2004 SA have played 203 ODI's but Steyn has only played 79 Since 2006 Sa have played 161 ODI's but Morkel has only played 73 During that same period Kallis has only played 97 Since 2011 SA have played 44 ODI's and Philander has only played in 10

    So we rarely have a full compliment of our top bowlers in limited overs cricket.

  • on December 9, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    What a down to earth person. As they say, "Still waters run deep." Danesh Ramdin can learn a lot from him. (Remember "talk Viv na?")

  • legfinedeep on December 9, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    ROFL @ Dazako - top comment, dude.

  • on December 9, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    Thanks for Inspiring us Great Man Allah Bless You Mr. Amla.. Respect.. :)

  • on December 9, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    for me he is par excellence both as cricketer as well as human being.wish him more success.

  • on December 9, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    I think ppl are being too hard on Kohli and the like. But ONE thing They can learn from Amla is a bit of humility. What I absolutely hate about Kohli is his showman ship..He definitely over does,by a lot.Why give De Kock the send off last match when he had just scored an awesome century?And his attitude in general. The blame lies more with BCCI though,they ask for pitches which give their batting the upper hand while hiding the weakness in bowling.Its all done for ratings and viewership, to win matches at home and make money. In the process they are destroying Indian Cricket and world cricket. Also,i dare say, Saffers didnt just go for a win, they went for the jugular.I think there was a lot of emotion involved as well, and they had something to prove after the way BCCI treated their board...Good on them.

  • on December 9, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    Such humility! That's why everybody loves Amla. In fact, Islam (his religion) teaches everyone to be this humble, but unfortunately a lot of players don't follow that. It is refreshing and really good to see someone practising what he has been preached. May you always be this successful. The younger crop of batsmen should learn from Amla.

  • on December 9, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    I was never a Proteas fan but this guy turned it around.Most humble player perhaps at the international scene at the moment Ma Sha ALLAH. Hope he gets a lot more of those records.

  • dimmy102 on December 9, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    Isnt' he a good player & person !!

  • on December 9, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    A Great Player which is having greatest personality. Very Humble, Down to Earth person. We always listened that Cricket is a Gentleman Sports and I think he is the only Gentleman person at Int'l level of Cricket.

  • on December 9, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    Today all the teams are preforming and playing well only at their home. I think ICC and all respective Board should seriously address this issue otherwise people will slowly loose their interest in cricket. Take India taking on SA at their home ground they are looking helpless and at home they look invincible Take ashes see how same teams are preforming differently at their home grounds Take SA they can't preform well outside SA Take Pak they are struggling with their internal politics Take SL they are not able to find new players to replace their legendary trio Take NZ their whole team is new you can't expect them to preform well over seas Should i tell about T20 WI team playing test Problem is not with players, ICC and boards should make some strict rules like 1 home series must follow with 1 or 2 away series. No two teams should play each other back to back min they have to play 3 different nations only then they can play M not fan of any team i just love competitive cricket matches

  • Thuram3 on December 9, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    Fantastic player the Mighty Hash, we are blessed that he's from our country. So humble as well...

  • saliadnan on December 9, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    great player and very good human being...

  • Fan1969 on December 9, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    Wow what a player and what attitude.

    Recently been hearing a lot of Sachin's attitude to cricket and life and then Madiba and his philosophy. Kejriwal brings a fresh attitude to politics and qualities needed in public life, Indian fans may understand what I am saying. And now Amla.

    Amla's humility touches the heart. He will be the fastest to 5000 and 6000 ODI runs as well and wish him all the best from an Indian.

  • on December 9, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    Amla's role model had said, ""O God! Make me one of the most patient and grateful; and make me small in my own eyes but great in the eyes of others." -- the prayers have been answered.

  • on December 9, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    GR8 batsman and even greater human being. My request to Amla, plsss spend some time in Indian dug out and spread some words of wisdom and humility.

  • GRVJPR on December 9, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    Amla is a home track bully. He can't play on turining pitches where the real test of any batsmen is.

  • on December 9, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    Respect and salute for the guy who is too good with his personal and professional life!.

  • on December 9, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    With this bowling attack, India not only struggles to win matches and series outside, they even struggle at home! What a lousy bowling performance. Absolutely no 'common sense' for these national pros. Umesh & Ishant should have played the 1st game and Bhuvi should have played yesterday ... totally, a lack of creativity in the captain and the team management, which is there for a safari. Utter shame!!

  • Viratkohlirocks on December 9, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    Hashim amla, hats off! You should start a quinton de kock fan club! what a gentlemen.

  • Udendra on December 9, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    I'm sure Amla will go on to beat Kohli for 5000 runs too. He is a batsmen who scores everywhere not only on home turfs.

  • Dazako on December 9, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    @Sidharth Monga be careful next tim SA play in Australia writing phrases like "Amla went on to praise de Kock" will get a huge laugh and many many coments.

  • PrasPunter on December 9, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    Dravid and Amla are two of the nicest guys around in international cricket !! The finest to grace the game !!! They carry a lot of dignity and humility, not to forget their overwhelming performances over years. And Huss is not too far away from these guys !!

  • Desihungama on December 9, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    His demeanor during the game reminds me of Mohd. Yousaf. Amla is just a great player who is slowly building his reputation to be all time great.

  • on December 9, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    His batting,his demeanor,his talks,everything about him genuinely oozes humbleness and humility.What a great person he his.I wish him all the runs and success.

  • on December 9, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    great human being... as well as great player.. SA are lucky that they has Amla

  • BigGeorgeMehemood on December 9, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    He is just a great player and he will be one of the all time greatest batsman in the history of cricket. And beside that his personality is amazing! Imagine if he was playing for India.

  • sandy_bangalore on December 9, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    I am an Indian, but I am very very happy that our cricket team, whose arrogance and smugness is becoming unbearable, was shown its rightful place.Once you take them from their backyard of Indore,rajkot,gwalior etc(and even some of the English grounds where wickets are slow and there is a sizeable Indian population), they are clueless. You need strong characters,not media created so-called superstars, to face up and fight. But the pity is that the Indian media and public adore them so much that one victory in a dead rubber will lead to them proclaiming that India is the best team, and the others are just making up the numbers. The batting is clueless when up against quality swing or seam bowling, and are hopping when the bowling is short. Some of them can't even play the turning ball, which is supposed to be our strength! Champions on flat tracks, I hope they learn a bit of humility from the likes of Amla, who has proved his class on all conditions.

  • on December 9, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    Indian batsmen should learn from Amla's humility. In the first ODI Kohli was showing Quinton the way to the dressingroom after he had scored 135. Why did he need to do that. If any new player comes along, I am sure the unsecured Indian batsmen would never praise them ahead of themselves.

  • Mr.Lock on December 9, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    Amla- A great player and perhaps even a greater human being!

  • raveekoomar on December 9, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    Surely Amla will break Sachin's record in the near future. Way to go Amla.

  • on December 9, 2013, 3:07 GMT

    What a man. Come back to the land of your ancestors and play for India, Hashim!

  • on December 9, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    only word for him respect

  • Star_gazer on December 9, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    Legend both of them!!! love it...

  • on December 9, 2013, 2:27 GMT

    Once again Indian batsmen proved they are very good only on their own backyard and the lively pitches are NOT meant for them!!

  • on December 9, 2013, 2:25 GMT

    He is way better than any body out there @ this pace or there ever in ODI!

  • cjscanada on December 9, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    Congrats to Amla, a nice bloke and well grounded. I am sure he realizes that the pitches were different during the King's rule. Centuries were few and conditions much more appealing for batsmen in the current generation, what with pitches not offering any seam moments. Still for a person who was supposed to be a Test batsman, has turned it up a notch in the ODI's. A good test player will always make adjustments as they are good readers of the game.

  • on December 9, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    Never heard such such a humble interview after such a proud performance. What a batsman. What a Human being.

  • Cricket_Master_Mind on December 9, 2013, 2:09 GMT

    He is practical MUSLIM. That is why he is like that. What he say and do backed up by Islamic rulings. Keep it up Brother Amla you are real living inspiration for Muslim and non Muslim. May Allah bless you more with lots of success.

  • on December 9, 2013, 1:55 GMT

    Elegant Hash respect..

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on December 9, 2013, 1:48 GMT

    Amla is the perfect antithesis of a far more naturally gifted and massive underachiever - S Watson . Achieved many times of his talent . Diff ? 'Mental Fortitude' . Amla has in abundance.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on December 9, 2013, 1:35 GMT

    what an over acheiver and what a gentleman ! A fine player too . Bar M Clarke, poss. the best bat in the world in all forms.

  • Al_Bundy1 on December 9, 2013, 1:01 GMT

    "Feel a bit embarrassed to have it because Sir Viv Richards is certainly the master blaster, the original great batsman," Amla said. What a great guy!! Such a great batsman, and yet so humble!! Amla rightly said - Sir Viv is the master blaster. Nobody comes close - not Tendulkar, not Kohli, not nobody.

  • Rally_Windies on December 9, 2013, 0:29 GMT

    Amla opens,,, Viv bats at 4....

    in ODI cricket the amount of runs you score per innings drops for every position lower you bat ...

    No person batting at 4 could be anywhere near this record ! The top 10 should be dominated by openers ....

    Amla should not be ashamed .........

    Breaking this record does not actually put him near Viv ..

  • Guduji71 on December 9, 2013, 0:24 GMT

    A brilliant cricketer and a great person. Australians & Indians should learn from him that you don't have to be rude to win the game of cricket.

  • on December 9, 2013, 0:07 GMT

    Such a humble fellow.. A true gentleman cricketer...

  • on December 9, 2013, 0:00 GMT

    A very humble human being and cricketer. His humility is a reflection of his faith and religious beliefs; what a true Muslim is all about. A true ambassador for Islam

  • AllroundCricketFan on December 9, 2013, 0:00 GMT

    What a cricketer. Amla is without doubt the best batsman in both forms in the last 3 years. Other big headed sportmen should just listen to him and learn from his humility. Kohli and KP take note.

  • mensan on December 8, 2013, 23:52 GMT

    Congrats to Amla. This is no mean achievement to surpass IVA Richards one-day feats. I hope he will continue thrashing this Indian attack in tests as well.

  • mensan on December 8, 2013, 23:47 GMT

    Amla is a true gentleman and a kind of person who wants to stay away from attention. He started as a test batsman but then made big strides in one dayers to make it his own game.

  • mononz on December 8, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    Amla is a superb player - what I love most is his ability to score quickly through classic shots. He is also really humble and a great team man. Congrats to him on the record, but I do feel he was aided by the fact that he had been playing international cricket for so long before becoming an ODI regular (his debut was 3.5 years after test debut), which meant he didn't have to spend long finding his feet. The great Viv was in a similar boat, as there were so few ODIs during the first 5 years of his career. Contrast these guys with someone like de Kock - who is understandably less consistent after being thrown into opening at the age of 20

  • KeshavSeshadri85 on December 8, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    Very deserving man Amla. Genuine, humble, quietly goes about his job with a smile on his face, never belittles or needles the opposition, never hogs the limelight and is quick to praise everyone around him, and lets his bat do all the talking. Cricket could use a few more good men like him. Amazing stats in both tests and ODIs and its clear it isn't just a phase of good form, he looks like he could go a long way for SA and best wishes to him on that journey.

  • on December 8, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    Yes, a gentleman he is, Hashim Amla.. For the other supposedly number one bowler from SA, watch and learn, this is how great cricketers act.

  • SCC08 on December 8, 2013, 22:40 GMT

    Fitting the humility he shows in the game being honoured to the great Madiba. You are a true gent Hash! South Africa is very lucky to have you..

  • Cricket_theBestGame on December 8, 2013, 22:13 GMT

    @ bul98 - could not agree with you more. you've said it perfectly. the best Gentleman cricketer ever to grace the sport of cricket (and in sport generally). i only wish ICC and cricket boards try to instill this type of role models in their team rather than promote the likes of clarke and gang, and anderson/broad and co !

  • on December 8, 2013, 22:05 GMT

    wow thats what u call a character

  • PACERONE on December 8, 2013, 21:46 GMT

    Amla understands what happens in this game.Some people are always comparing players as to who is better....even when they played in a different era.He knows that he is not the type of batsman like Richards was..but he is still a great batsman for this era.India was been praised for beating the West Indies recently.Their bowlers and batsmen were in such good form.Now they are struggling against S.Africa.There is a big difference playing against poor indifferent bowling and batsmen who give their wickets away with poor selection of strokes,like the West Indians did and playing against a team like S.Africa has.Cricket needs gentlemanly players like Amla.

  • Fahim_Baig on December 8, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    Hashim Amla... he has come a long way.... One of the most humble sportsperson which Cricket will ever see... very down to earth and let his BAT do the talking all the time... I've never seen him over-reacting even he is OUT for low score OR celebrating 50s and 100s. Take a bow... Amla... every budding cricketer can take his example of hard work, dedication, humility and ability to adapt the situation.

    It will be no surprise if he broke fastest 5000 runs record.

  • on December 8, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    Great Ambassador of Cricket. I have a lot of respect for you.

  • yorkslanka on December 8, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    that's because you Sir are a true gentleman and an absolute ambassador for a great person and a fantastic cricketer...

  • on December 8, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    You can be an anti-saf, but you cant hate hashim amla, wonder player and wonderful character. Hope he will break many more records.

  • on December 8, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    What an intensely humane and humble person. A credit to South Africa, to muslims, to his India Heritage, to cricketers, to sportsmen. Yes, Quinton is a rising star but Amla is the greatest living legend in cricket today. He IS the best test batsmen and the best ODi batsman in the world today. If he remains injury free he will absolutely lead the all time list for test and ODI.

    He, alongside Dravid and Gower, is my all time archetype of the supremely talented gentleman cricketer.

    This interview was a palate and soul cleanser after the putrid sledging crap of the ashes series. The Warners, Pietersens, and Kohlis of the world can learn a lot from him.

  • malm661 on December 8, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    now compare this guy's celebration of a brilliant inngs with that of Kohli, Dhawan, Jadeja's......

  • amumtaz on December 8, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    Amla is one of my all time favorites along with Miandad and Mohammad Yousuf. Three batsmen who have a never say die attitude and hardly utter any false words. They play for the team and never for the record books.

  • on December 8, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    While The Mighty Hash was "blocking", he was scoring at just about the same pace as his flamboyant partner.

  • kickassPakistan on December 8, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    You are a very talented and a humble man Sir,God bless you.A true champion

  • on December 8, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    The best possible ambassador to the gentleman's game.

  • on December 8, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    The sublime respectful, yet masterful Amla.There is no one better right now. To beat Viv in scoring, is a thing to be cherished. Viv tore apart bowling, but Amla sneaks up on you and before you know it, he has scored fifty..He makes it look easy. Carry on Amla, and the true testament is the fact that he does it anywhere in the world.

  • hb1970 on December 8, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    He is the model cricketer. What is there not to like about him. Many cricketers can learn from him.

  • DanishNaseer on December 8, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    Amla is a true example of what should be a Muslim man. one of the modern great! ... lots of respect for you Sir!

  • Dhanno on December 8, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    Meanwhile in other news raina has staked claims to number 3.and 4 spots in every test playing nation. Yes he said he should be considered for #3 in England Australia and Wi team and #4.for Pak SA and India . Such is rainas undisputed greatness !

  • theCricketPurist on December 8, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    Amazing. Humility is indeed a virtue. Amla is super. Respect!

  • on December 8, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    a very good muslim player.

  • on December 8, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    I would like to reiterate what other people have said, he has a nice character and not once will you hear anything bad from him. A humble and calm person and we should try and follow his example.

  • dmqi on December 8, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    India is paying the price of batsman tailored pitch to score 350 plus runs in 50 over. What a difference in 4 week's performance of big run scorers of Indian team. Amla the best, anywhere and in any form. In cricket and in humbleness.

  • alischeme on December 8, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    Such a great guy..so humble....and one of the best in the game today....loads of young ones could learn a lot from this guy....All the best Amla...

  • on December 8, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    Humility in action... wish cricket has its gentlemen back like him :)

  • on December 8, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    What a man! Dignified and yet so humble. Some of the younger brats should learn a lesson or two from this Master of Masters. I believe its his profound spirituality that makes Amla the man he is. Our faith preaches humility and good manners above everything else. Amla is a living testimony to those very high (and difficult to achieve) moral standards.

  • Kirk_Levin on December 8, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    Amla will get to 5000 runs fast than Kohli as well ay. And he will do it by scoring on every surface, not just flat ones, lol. One of my favorite player along with Clark and Sanga

  • MrGarreth on December 8, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    Such humility. Trying to deflect the acclaim. You're an exceptional player Hashim. You can't make us think any different. Fitting that he should score a 100 on this weekend where another man of grace and humility was celebrated and mourned.

  • on December 8, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    Hashim Amla what a modest and down to earth personality. All the best for the future.

  • TrueIndian4ever on December 8, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    He is the no. 1 batsman ever. Amla.

  • Kirk_Levin on December 8, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    Great man. Always humble and capable player, who can bat any surface. Unlike the likes of Kohli, who have made careers on flat wickets. Clark, Sanga, AB and Amla are modern day greats.

  • on December 8, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    absolutely modest guy... takes the responsibility without basking in the credit... rare human being. some of us can learn alot from this sportsman

  • on December 8, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    India blown away by Superior SA bowling attack. With this poor bowling attack, India will struggle to win games away from the luxury of their home.

  • on December 8, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    A very humble and nice human being he is. You don't find such shy, honest and straight forward people now a days. Respect for Amla

  • bul98 on December 8, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    No words or comments can describe what a great Batsman and human being he is! A gem of a guy and no one in the world or opposition players can even say a thing or sledge him. The whole world respects this guy, surely the best cricket player game of cricket has ever produce! SA you are lucky!

  • on December 8, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    Amla the humble magnificent

  • i-s-r-a-r on December 8, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    With this guy, de villiers, de cock and duminy, south africa has a very bright future ahead.

  • Greatest_Game on December 8, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    Hashim has to be the most humble player in international cricket. Has that quiet dignity that was the hallmark of Dravid & Laxman.

  • thE_baCk_beNcHer on December 8, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    what a humble person.. AMLA take a BOW Sir ! A real gentleman who palys cricket like a gentle man.. Down to earth person... YEs De Kock has very bright future ahead. Now AB can relax in shorter formats of the game as De Kock is keeping well too.. But Amla.. You beauty :) :)

  • SurlyCynic on December 8, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    I love Amla's humility. Many other cricketers could learn from him.

  • ibbi.kb on December 8, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    love this guy! what a humble individual...Kohli can learn something from him!!

  • on December 8, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    Great Player! will get 5000 before 120 odi's

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  • on December 8, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    Great Player! will get 5000 before 120 odi's

  • ibbi.kb on December 8, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    love this guy! what a humble individual...Kohli can learn something from him!!

  • SurlyCynic on December 8, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    I love Amla's humility. Many other cricketers could learn from him.

  • thE_baCk_beNcHer on December 8, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    what a humble person.. AMLA take a BOW Sir ! A real gentleman who palys cricket like a gentle man.. Down to earth person... YEs De Kock has very bright future ahead. Now AB can relax in shorter formats of the game as De Kock is keeping well too.. But Amla.. You beauty :) :)

  • Greatest_Game on December 8, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    Hashim has to be the most humble player in international cricket. Has that quiet dignity that was the hallmark of Dravid & Laxman.

  • i-s-r-a-r on December 8, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    With this guy, de villiers, de cock and duminy, south africa has a very bright future ahead.

  • on December 8, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    Amla the humble magnificent

  • bul98 on December 8, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    No words or comments can describe what a great Batsman and human being he is! A gem of a guy and no one in the world or opposition players can even say a thing or sledge him. The whole world respects this guy, surely the best cricket player game of cricket has ever produce! SA you are lucky!

  • on December 8, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    A very humble and nice human being he is. You don't find such shy, honest and straight forward people now a days. Respect for Amla

  • on December 8, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    India blown away by Superior SA bowling attack. With this poor bowling attack, India will struggle to win games away from the luxury of their home.