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Day 3 and 4-The Silent Warrior Hashim Amla breaks records and the magical 300

Ive always followed Hash and I was extremely proud when he lifted his bat to break records and notch up a triple ton. A fantastic feeling and once again Hash shows the world his greatness and talent. Il levae you with articles from around the world on Amlas mastercalss and innings

I never dreamed of getting 300 – Amla
July 22 2012 at 11:07pm
By Richard Sydenham
Associated Press

South Africa’s Hashim Amla reaches 200 during the fourth day of the first Test match against England at the Oval cricket ground in London.

London – Hashim Amla emphasised his team came before personal goals on Sunday when he said he was more pleased to have put South Africa in a position to win the first Test against England than to score a record 311 not out.

Amla bettered the previous best score by a South African – 278 by team mate AB de Villiers – and became only the sixth person to score a Test triple hundred in England following Don Bradman, Leonard Hutton, John Edrich, Bobby Simpson and Graham Gooch.

”I didn’t dream about getting 300, although you would love to,” Amla told reporters at the end of the fourth day. “I’ve always been a person who never sets goals and I think that helps, because you can keep going and going without being limited by having set something up.

“With my scoring rate, 300 is usually a very long way off so it only really crossed my mind when I got to 250. I was involved in the game when AB got 278, so I was aware of it, but if I had got out before that, so be it. I’m a firm believer you have just got to keep batting.”

Amla, 29, is a devout Muslim and although it is the holy month of Ramadaan, he said he will observe the fast when he returns home to Durban. For now, he is just enjoying the moment and was also heartened that fellow South African Ernie Els won the British Open at Royal Lytham.

”I’m just really grateful that I managed to get the highest score by a South African, but what is perhaps more pleasing is that I’m the first guy to get 300 – records will be broken, there’s no doubt about that, so that comes and goes.

“But I think the biggest pleasure is that the team is in a really dominant position to win this Test match. I think that’s the biggest joy.” – Reuters


Amla ‘happy and surprised’ after reaching milestone as South Africa home in on series lead

Hashim Amla said he felt ‘overwhelmed’ after becoming the first South African to score a triple century in a Test as the tourists moved to within touching distance of a first win at The Oval.

A strict Muslim, Amla is allowed to defer the period of fasting demanded by the holy month of Ramadan until the end of the tour, and duly gorged on England’s bowlers, batting for more than 13 hours for an unbeaten 311.

That surpassed AB de Villiers’s South African record of 278 not out and Amla — described by fast bowler Dale Steyn as the side’s ‘silent warrior’ — gently hugged each of his team-mates as they left the field last night before speaking humbly of his new place in cricket’s record books.

Unforgettable: Hashim Amla celebrates reaching his triple centuryUnforgettable: Hashim Amla celebrates reaching his triple century

‘I’m happy and surprised,’ he said. ‘It’s really exciting to do something that has not been done before by a South African. The wicket was batter-friendly, and I’m grateful for the opportunity, but I’ve never dreamed of scoring 300. It’s overwhelming really.

‘But the biggest pleasure is putting the side in a really good position. We need six more wickets to win the Test. I’d rather be in our changing room.’

The first South African Test cricketer of Indian descent — his grandparents hail from Gujarat — Amla scored more by himself than the country of his forebears managed in either innings here last year.

Magic moment: Amla became the first South African to reach 300Magic moment: Amla became the first South African to reach 300

And England’s batting coach Graham Gooch — the last man to make a Test triple hundred in this country, 22 years ago — was full of praise for his innings.

‘It was a wonderful effort,’ said Gooch. ‘To score runs you need a great attitude, good belief, good knowledge and spot-on concentration. He showed all four things. He’s a solid player with a good range of shots and a good temperament.’

Despite England — with only six second-innings wickets in hand — still being 150 runs short of avoiding a humiliating innings defeat, Gooch insisted that they could arrive at Headingley for next week’s second Test with the series all square.

‘The game’s not over yet,’ he said. ‘You have to believe you can still get out of it with a draw.’


Hashim, a perfect role model for youth: Cricket SA

Monday, July 23, 2012, 10:59 [IST]


CSA congratulates Hashim Amla

London, Jul 23: South Africa’s Hashim Amla Cricket became the first cricketer to score a triple ton, also registered the highest ever Test score for

“This has been a sensational performance by our top order, but Hashim has to be singled out for first breaking AB de Villiers’ record of 278 not out and then going on to join the 300 club,” commented CSA acting CEO Jacques Faul after Amla scored his triple ton against England.

Though this is not the first time, Proteas have witnessed such a wonderful performance over the years, but an innings of 300 by Hashim Amla filled that void as it was missing in the South African top order’s profile.

South Africa Cricket in a release congratulated the South African batsman for his contribution to the game of cricket and being a wonderful role model for the younger generation.

“Hashim’s contribution to South African cricket has gone far beyond the runs he has put on the scoreboard. He remains a wonderful role model to our youth with the humility and dignity he displays on the field, his totally professional and focused approach on the field and the manner in which he conducts himself both on and off the field.

“To round it off we have had our captain, Graeme Smith, scoring a century on his 100th Test match appearance and our acknowledged batting champion, Jacques Kallis, making his 43th Test match century. Hashim and Jacques have also equalled the performance of Graeme and Herschelle Gibbs in sharing three treble century stands.

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Comments (8)

  • Via Facebook
    July 24, 2012 at 9:33 am Reply

    Ziyaad Abdulla
    Well done BREE!!!!

  • Via Facebook
    July 24, 2012 at 9:36 am Reply

    Sadek Dhorat
    fantastic achievement…

  • Via Facebook
    July 24, 2012 at 9:37 am Reply

    Naseem Mayet
    amazing. at the home of cricket. The Silent Warrior

  • Via Facebook
    July 24, 2012 at 9:38 am Reply

    Sadek Dhorat
    Hash deserves all the good that comes his way…Such a record is an incredible achievement against any opposition,to do it against the number 1 ranked team in ther own backyard…well thats priceless…

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    July 24, 2012 at 9:38 am Reply

    Naseem Mayet
    agreed. just makes me gabrats when nearing the close of play lols. Goes for the brash shot. Those last few overs are always stressfull t survive as play winds down

  • Via Facebook
    July 24, 2012 at 9:39 am Reply

    Sadek Dhorat
    edge of your seat stuff…

  • Via Facebook
    July 24, 2012 at 9:39 am Reply

    Ziyaad Abdulla
    Leave alone him playin so we’ll kasam I knw hash personally…….wat a top guy alhamz

    • Via Facebook
      July 24, 2012 at 9:40 am Reply

      Mohamed Yusuf Ajam
      What a boytjie … Brilliant ambassador for Islam & Cricket … Masha-Allah

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