IND vs SA: India Have Been A Strong Unit Over The Last Two Years Or So, They Have More Experience – Hashim Amla
IND vs SA: India Have Been A Strong Unit Over The Last Two Years Or So, They Have More Experience – Hashim Amla

South African batting legend Hashim Amla has lauded the Indian team and said that they have more experience than the Proteas side which will always make a difference.

Virat Kohli-led India breached the Centurion fortress by defeating South Africa by 113 runs in the first Test of the three-match Test series.

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David Miller, Hashim Amla
David Miller and Hashim Amla. Image-AFP

Hashim Amla while talking about the match said that India winning was the “fair result” as batting became quite difficult at SuperSport Park, Centurion as the days progressed.

They have been a strong unit over the last two years or so. They have more experience collectively and it always makes a huge difference when you have runs on the board to back you up,” Amla said on Cricket South Africa on Saturday.

“It was a fair result. Centurion is notorious for becoming more difficult to bat as the days progress. So once India won the toss, batted and scored in excess of 300, it was game on for the Protea batters to match that score at the very least. Being 130 runs behind (in the first innings) is what really hurt them, and it ended up being the difference,” said Amla.

Day One, The Pitch Looked Best For Batting And Credit To The Indians For Playing Disciplined Cricket – Hashim Amla

Virat Kohli And Hashim Amla, Fastest to 6000 ODI Runs
Virat Kohli And Hashim Amla (Image Credits: Twitter)

Amla praised the Indian team for playing disciplined cricket on Day 1 when the surface provided help to the batters. He said:

“Day one, the pitch looked best for batting and credit to the Indians for playing disciplined cricket. It’s obvious when teams come to SA that their batsman talk about leaving well outside off stump and that’s probably where the Proteas let themselves down. Not challenging the defence enough. That was day one, but on day two, though, they did extremely well to restrict the Indians to 327. They could have got to 400 plus.”

IND vs SA: India Have Been A Strong Unit Over The Last Two Years Or So, They Have More Experience – Hashim Amla
Hashim Amla. (Credits: Twitter)

The 38-year-old Hashim Amla further added that he enjoyed watching Test vice-captain Temba Bavuma bat in the first Test. He asserted:

The bowlers all had their moments. Lungi (Ngidi), KG (Kagiso Rabada) and the youngster (Marco) Jansen stand out of course. However, in a relatively low scoring match I enjoyed watching Temba Bavuma. He always looks like he has time and seldom troubled.”

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