Hashim Muhammad Amla was born on 31 March, 1983. Born to a South African Muslim Ansari family which has its roots in Gujarat, India, Amla is a devout Muslim. He was reared in a middle-class home and sent to the highly regarded Durban High School, which is also the Alma mater of Lance Klusener and Barry Richards.
He is a South African cricketer who plays for South Africa in all three formats of the game. He is also a former captain of the Proteas and is a right-handed batsman and occasional off-break bowler. Regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of the modern-era, he was South Africa’s Test captain from June 2014 to January 2016. As of 29th May 2017, he is ranked by the International Cricket Council (ICC) as the world’s number nine batsman in Tests and the world’s number ten in ODIs. In 2013, Amla became the first batsman since Ricky Ponting to head both the Test and ODI rankings at the same time in the latest ICC charts.
Upon graduating from Durban High School and impressing on the youth circuit, Amla made his debut for his provincial team, the KwaZulu Natal Dolphins, soon captaining South Africa at the 2002 Under-19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand, leading his team to the final. During his formative years, former Western Province captain and coach Hylton Ackerman had been influential in Amla’s development, first spotting his talent and honing his skills during his coaching career. His promise led him to being appointed captain of KwaZulu-Natal at the young age of 21. Amla was cited as a future captain of South Africa ever since his first class years. Amla moved from the Dolphins to Cape Cobras in 2013. Amla has also had four spells playing county cricket in England, for Essex in 2009, Nottinghamshire in 2010, Surrey in 2013 and Derbyshire in 2015.
Looking into his international career profile; Upon being appointed captain of the Dolphins, Amla began the 2004–2005 South African domestic season by scoring four centuries during his first eight innings. His success at the domestic level and consistent performances for the South Africa A squad led to him being chosen for the winter 2004 tour of India at the age of 21, thereby becoming the first South African of Indian descent to represent South Africa in international cricket.