Has Hashim Amla succumbed to the pressure?

298*; 299*; He lofts it over cover… Fingertips… And it goes for four!!! That was the day history was made, a standing ovation from the cricketing world. Hashim Amla became the first South African batsman to score a triple century!

Well we’ve come a long way since then.

Imagine losing players like Jacques Kallis, Graeme Smith and Mark Boucher after each other, who stands up now?Has the pressure taken its toll on South Africa’s anchor?

There’s no doubt that we saw a batsman coming into form with some sublime strokes early on in the innings against India on Sunday, however it seems he has forgotten how to sit back and anchor the innings, something we all used to admire about this one of a kind batsman.

Amla has since dropped three places to fifth after topping the ODI batting rankings, even though he reached 6000 runs after only just 126 one day internationals, something we all should be admiring. Imagine beating the likes of the great Sachin, Ponting, Dravid, Lara and Kallis, that is a feat all on its own.

Hashim Amla is South Africa’s gem, the pure talent that resonates from his bat is something we all adore.

Hash is the light we need through the tunnel during our innings. the cool headed character, so peaceful you can feel his calmness through the TV screen at times.

I’m sure many Amla fans and cricketing fans around the world must be wondering, what has happened?

Well, I’ve put together a few pointers as to what the problem could be; first of all, is the pressure too much?

Mohandas Menon @mohanstatsman would disagree with me here, Amla’s stats has been impressive since taking over the test captaincy from Graeme Smith, so what could it be?

I’m sure most cricket fans would agree with me, yes, T20 cricket is exciting and a money making machine, but is it worth losing the value of cricket?

Since becoming a permanent fixture in our T20 side, Amla has lost his technique of that classy batting we all love to watch. Caressing the ball for four, cutting short balls neatly to the boundary and knocking half volleys over cover for a maximum.

And now you see him miss loose deliveries and slogging balls in hope of getting a boundary, this is not the type of Amla we accustomed to.

So, I think the question should be, do I relinquish my place in the T20 side for the future of my batting or do I continue?