Hashim Mohammad Amla OIS (born 31 March 1983) is a South African international cricketer who plays for South Africa in all three formats of the game He is a right-handed batsman and holds the record for the highest individual Test score of any South African batsman of 311 not out, scored against England at The Oval, London in July 2012. He is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the modern era. Amla is an occasional off break bowler and was South Africas Test captain from June 2014 to January 2016.
He also holds the record for being the fastest ever to 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000,6000 and 7000 ODI runs - which is a testament to his astonishing levels of consistency. He also became the fastest cricketer to reach 10 ODI centuries. On 8 December 2013, Amla also became the fastest batsman to score 4,000 ODI runs, requiring 8 innings fewer than Richards.
In 2014, he became the fastest cricketer to reach 15 centuries in ODIs in his 86th innings. In the same year he became the fastest cricketer to reach 16 centuries in ODIs in his 94th inning and fastest cricketer to 17 centuries in ODIs in his 98th innings. On 18 January 2015, he became the fastest cricketer to score 18 centuries in ODIs in his 102nd innings. On 3 March 2015, he became the fastest cricketer to reach 20 centuries in ODIs in his 108th innings.
He has scored ODI centuries against all Test playing countries and is only the fourth person to do so. He was named as one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2013. In 2017, he scored 2 centuries in the IPL, playing for Kings XI Punjab. He became the fastest player to score 7,000 runs in ODIs. On 3 June 2017, he became the fastest cricketer to reach 25 ODI centuries.
On 19 January 2018, Amla broke Virat Kohlis record for being the fastest cricketer to reach 27 centuries in ODI cricket. Amla has reached the milestone in 167 innings, surpassing Kohli’s 169.