The upcoming 50-overs World Cup which is scheduled to start on May 30, will be the last cricketing tournament for many of the veteran cricketers. Majority of these star players have already made it official that they will retire from the ODI format after the showpiece event. The upcoming quadrennial competition will most likely be the last one for South African batting legend, Hashim Amla, and he is determined to contribute with the highest of his abilities.
"I am hungrier than ever before, there is no doubt about that. I have been blessed to have this shirt for a while but the time off has made me want to come back stronger. This is my third [ICC Men's Cricket World Cup] so I know what it is all about,” quoted Hashim Amla.
Amla, who has missed quite a few games in the recent while due to family reasons, has scored just one century in the last 17 matches and most importantly, he has crossed the fifty-run mark on just four occasions. However, he has a fantastic track record in the English conditions.
"I have a strong record in England and I have always enjoyed coming here. We have played England recently and had some success against them, I have done well against them too," Amla added.
There is less expectation this year
When it comes to big tournaments such as the World Cup, South Africa is perhaps the first team that falls in the list of being counted as favourites almost everytime. But their habit of choking out in the pressure situations has been the big time worry for the Proteas team. They enter every tournament with a pretty quality side that can create history against every single opponent, but somehow, they manage to fall under the barrel at the penultimate moment.
However, this year they are not entering the upcoming tournament as the favourites and this might prove to work in their favour. "This year, you don't see the same big names and that is why the focus is not on us but that has some good in it. There has not been much chat about us winning in comparison to the past but I don't think that played a part in how we performed. At the end of the day, we always gave our best and played to win. The fact there has not been a lot of chat at this World Cup means there is less expectation but in the team we think we can do well," the right-hander inferred.