New Delhi: Kings XI Punjab star Hashim quashed the general perception that he cannot score fast and slammed his maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) ton against Mumbai Indians on Thursday night. Although KXIP ended the match on the losing side, Amla's spectacular innings will be remembered by everyone for a very long time.
Amla hit a 60-ball 104* against MI and became the second centurion of the tenth edition of the league after Delhi Daredevil's Sanju Samson. Amla's innings included eight fours and six huge maximums as he proved his critics wrong who branded him as a Test specialist.
The right-hander brought up his half-century off just 34 balls and notched up his maiden ton in the cash rich league off just 58 deliveries at an impressive strike rate of more than 170.
In this innings, Amla blew away the likes of Lasith Malinga, who is regarded as one of the best bowlers in the shortest format of the game. Amla bludgeoned two fours and two huge sixes in Malinga's one over to showcase his hitting prowess.
Outstanding innings by @amlahash very well played. 👏👏👏👏 💯
— David Warner (@davidwarner31) April 20, 2017
One of the finest innings I have seen for a great legend. Well played @amlahash
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) April 20, 2017
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) April 20, 2017
— Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) April 20, 2017
I think the genial and mighty @amlahash was amused by his own big hit!!
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 20, 2017
Over the years, Amla has proven himself in all three formats of the game but he is often considered as a 'slow' batsman as far as limited-over format is concerned. Even before this spectacular innings against Mumbai Indians, Amla held multiple run-scoring records in ODIs to say otherwise but to no avail.
Amla beat the likes of Virat Kohli and Ab De Villiers to slam the fastest 2,000 (40 innings), 3,000 (57 innings), 4,000 (81 innings) and 5,000 (101 innings) runs in ODI cricket, but the misconception still prevailed.
However, Amla's blitzkrieg against Mumbai Indians will certainly turn a few heads and change the wrong perception about South African maestro.