South Africa’s Hashim Amla completes 8000 runs in limited-overs cricket
Hashim Amla has been one of the most decorated players for South Africa in white-ball cricket. Since his limited-overs debut in 2008, Amla has piled on the records with the bat for South Africa.
The wristy right-handed batsman has smashed hundreds against all Test playing nations in limited-overs cricket. In 86 innings, he became the quickest to score 15 centuries in limited-overs cricket. Also he added another record to his name by becoming quickest to score 20th hundreds in the least number of matches (109 matches).
The 36-year old was the fastest player to score 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000, and 7000 in limited-overs cricket. It is certainly a big testimony to Amla who has scored heavily for South Africa in limited-overs cricket.
During the World Cup game played against New Zealand, Amla managed to add another feather in his cap and completed 8000 runs in 176 innings for South Africa. The quickest batsman to reach the milestone is India’s Virat Kohli, who completed 8000 runs in 175 innings.
Amla has certainly gone through a rough phase in the last couple of years and struggled to produce any sort of fluency against New Zealand. He scored 55 off 83 balls before Mitchell Santner cleaned him up with beautiful delivery. Amla has really struggled to get going with the bat in this World Cup as this was his first half-century of the competition.
Before the start of the game, Amla needed another 25 runs to reach the landmark of 8000 runs. He scored 41 runs in the previous game played against Afghanistan at Cardiff.
AB De Villiers, Rohit Sharma, Sourav Ganguly and Ross Taylor are the rest of the quickest players to reach the 8000-run mark in limited-overs cricket.
Things did not go as planned South Africa would have wanted Hashim Amla to score heavily in this World Cup and end his limited-overs career on a high. South Africa endured their worst ever campaign and managed to win only three games in this World Cup.