South African veteran cricketer Hashim Amla on Saturday (July 20) became the third Proteas batsman ever to join the club 9,000 Test runs. Only former Proteas captain Graeme Smith and legendary all-arounder Jacques Kallis are the other two players to achieve the milestone from the African nation.
Known for his incredible patience and adaptability, Amla played a crucial role in South Africa’s resurgence to the helm in Test cricket.
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The top-order batsman Amla has been one of the key players in their batting order for the past decade. The consistent Amla is the only player to score a triple hundred in Test cricket from South Africa.
Amla’s effortless leg side flick coupled with an effective cover drive has made him a treat to watch. His ability to adapt to conditions and score runs in all conditions made him one of the best Test batsmen in recent times.
Although there is a dip in his form, he reached 9,000 Test runs mark against Sri Lanka on Saturday morning at SSC Colombo during the ongoing second Test of the two-match series.
Amla did not achieve the mark in the most convincing fashion. Amla scrapped through for a single run after a dropped catch during the first session of day two.
In the process, he also became the 15th player ever to score 9000 Test runs. He is still 35 and could go a long way in his Test career. If he manages to regain his lost form, he could do wonders.
Moreover, Amla is one of the deadliest players in the history of Test cricket. Considering his incredible consistency, it is hard to see him stop in near future.
South Africa Again in crisis vs Sri Lanka:
Left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj just bowled his best in the first innings against Sri Lanka. He managed to eke out nine wickets and stood out in South Africa’s fight back in the Test series.
However, South African batsmen failed to replicate the efforts as they once again fell to Sri Lanka’s spinners.
The visitors lost three wickets in no time and were once again left in a difficult situation.
But Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis are trying their best to counter the spinners on a rank turner in Colombo.
It remains to be seen if the duo can manage to help South Africa come out of this precarious situation and level the series.