A decade back when the IPL started, franchises would have hovered around a batsman like sharks if his T20 strike rate used to be anywhere between 120s and 130s. Time has changed and a decade later, a batsman with strike rate in the 120s is considered to be worn out for the modern day T20 cricket. In a period, when most batsmen have their strike rate above the 135 mark, there are still some classy batsmen who are undervalued a lot in T20s just because of their overall career strike rates.
One such player is Hashim Amla.
His T20 numbers read 3220 runs in 112 matches at an average of 31.88 and strike rate is in the so called ‘mediocre’ 120s. Let’s just forget his overall career strike rate once and lets just focus on how he batted against the Mumbai Indians on Thursday at the Holkar Stadium in Indore.
Starting off slowly, he teed off in the middle overs in company of his skipper Glenn Maxwell. He went berserk and the spectators forgot that there was Glenn Maxwell on fire at the other end. He went from strength to strength as the innings progressed and brought up his first IPL century in style. He remained unbeaten on 104(60) and helped KXIP to a total of 198/4 in their 20 overs. Such was the class and enigma of the South African maestro that Twitteratti couldn’t stop applauding him-
— Muneeb kamil (@MuneebKamil) April 20, 2017
— Uday (@imuday1984) April 20, 2017
And there were people who couldn’t believe their eyes as they saw Lasith Malinga being smashed all around the park by Hashim Amla.
— Osama Rizwan (@Osama_Rizwan) April 20, 2017
Tonight his name is BashEm Amla. What a knockðŸ‘ðŸ‘ #KXIPvMI
— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) April 20, 2017
Then there were those Sehwag fans also who couldn’t help talking about the ‘Sehwag effect’ on Hashim Amla.
— V€πk! (@venki_IN) April 20, 2017
Fellow cricketers including Mr.360 AB de Villiers also joined the party!
A masterclass from Hashim Amla, one of the best modern day batsman. Love the calmness .#KXIPvMI
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) April 20, 2017
— R P Singh (@RpSingh99) April 20, 2017
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) April 20, 2017
In this innings, Amla hit 8 boundaries and 6 humungous sixes and scored at a strike rate of 173.33; thus silencing all his critics. With this innings, Amla proved that class should never be underestimated in any form of cricket. Class is permanent !
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