Centurion: Hashim Amla scored back to back hundreds, first at Johannesburg and then in the 4th Test at Centurion against England. In doing so, the star Protean batsman became the 6th fastest Test batsman in history to reach 25 centuries.
Amla reached the milestone after 155 innings. Leading the list is the legendary Don Bradman, who got to 25 hundreds in just 68 innings, by far the best ever.
Amla had earlier stepped down from the Test skipper’s role, claiming that he wanted to focus more on his individual form. Looks like his planning paid off, after he scored his 6th hundred against England in the Test format. Moreover, the way his brought up his century spoke volumes about what he meant when he said he wanted to improve his individual form. The former captain has been in superb form throughout the year, but had an absolute horror of a Test series in India. Though, the star batsman showed that it barely takes a handful of innings to get back to your best.
Amla’s hundred was also his 5th in 10 Tests at the Centurion, and it provided the homeside with the perfect platform to launch a decent first innings total. While he may be too far away from ever coming close to breaking Bradman’s reocrd, Amla surely as all that it takes to be one of the all time greats. Sachin Tendulkar got to the milestone in 130 innings, while 3rd placed Sunile Gavaskar achieved the feat in 138.