Hashim Amla not bothered about playing XI spot ahead of India opener

first_imgHashim Amla not bothered about playing XI spot ahead of India openerSouth Africa veteran Hashim Amla who scored twin fifties in the warm-up games against Sri Lanka and West Indies insisted that he is not fretting over whether his showing will find him a place in the playing XI against India in South Africa’s opening match of the 2019 World Cupadvertisement Press Trust of India LondonMay 27, 2019UPDATED: May 27, 2019 15:44 IST Amla is competing with Markram to open the innings with Quinton de Kock (AP)HIGHLIGHTSHashim Amla has made a case for himself with successive fifties in the warm-up gamesAmla is competing with Aiden Markram to open the innings with Quinton de KockAmla is however open to helping his teammates with vital information and his experienceHashim Amla is still not a certainty in the South African playing XI but the senior opener has made a case for himself with successive fifties in the warm-up games ahead of World Cup opener against India in Southampton on June 5.Amla, one of South Africa’s greatest Test match players, scored 65 and 51 not out respectively in the two warm-up games against Sri Lanka and West Indies (rain affected) and will be keen to add to his tally of 27 ODI hundreds.However, with young Aiden Markram in the side, there is competition as to who would open with Quinton de Kock.”Scoring runs is always important. Whether I make the playing XI or not is not up to me. I do what I can do and what happens after that is for the benefit of the team,” Amla was quoted as saying by the ICC website.The veteran opener wants to make every opportunity count and that was the reason he opted out of a domestic T20 competition’s knock-out rounds to prepare for the World Cup.”T20 is different from fifty-over cricket. I had two weeks with (batting coach) Dale Benkenstein and spent time in the nets batting the way a fifty-over cricketer would bat It was important to have that time. Sometimes it works out; sometimes it doesn’t,” said Amla, who needs another 90 to reach 8000 runs in ODIs.Amla is however open to helping his teammates with vital information and his experience.”It’s (guidance) something you don’t try and force. It happens naturally. It’s not something I consciously think about but I think it happens anyway. There’s a lot of experience in the playing XI and the coaching staff so that osmosis of information and knowledge is going to happen anyway.”advertisementAlso Read | Selfie obsessed to worst roommate: Rohit Sharma reveals secrets about his Indian teammatesAlso Read | World Cup Countdown: 1992 – Pakistan ace a World Cup of many firstsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow ICC World Cup 2019Follow Hashim AmlaFollow Cricket South Africalast_img read more