Posted in March 2016:

Although Hashim Amla is a part of the World T20 squad of South Africa

Although Hashim Amla is a part of the World T20 squad of South Africa, he would not be a guaranteed pick in the playing XI. South Africa would probably be opening with the destructive pair of AB De Villiers and Quinton De Kock. Amla has not done badly opening the innings for South Africa in the shortest format of the game, but, his strike rate in the middle period of the innings is a concern. He is a boundary hitter in the power play, but, once there are more than two fielders outside the thirty yard circle, his strike rate drops down significantly. The big hitting just does not come naturally to him. However, he is a good player of spin and has played in India many times before and that’s the only reason he is there in the squad. If it’s a real turner, the team management might choose to pick him as an opener as he can make a difference in the low scoring games on those sorts of wickets. On a flat surface though, De Villiers would certainly be a better bet than him. De Villiers is not a natural opener, but, of late, on a couple of occasions, South Africa has tried him as an opener in twenty 20 Cricket and he has shown he can be deadly in that role. (more…) Read more...