ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: South Africa's Hashim Amla 'hungrier than ever earlier than', says his break day has made him keen to come back again stronger

Dubai: South Africa batsman Hashim Amla, who missed the one-day collection towards Sri Lanka earlier this yr and in addition the Indian Premier League (IPL), said that he had his time away and now he’s hungrier than ever earlier than to be again on the sphere.

“Things happen that you don’t anticipate and I did not anticipate how things have gone recently. But I am a firm believer that when something happens, there is some good in it. I have had time away and now I am really looking back to wearing the green and gold again,” ICC quoted Amla, as saying.

File picture of South Africa’s Hashim Amla. Reuters

“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,” he added.

The 36-year-old has already performed twice within the World Cup (2011, 2015) and this will probably be his third look within the premier event. Amla will attempt to benefit from this World Cup as it’s going to doubtless be his final probability of lifting the coveted trophy.

The Proteas will face England within the opening match of the quadrennial event and Amla is optimistic to face the top-ranked squad saying that they’ve accomplished properly towards them. He additionally opined that though there are fewer expectations from them, the workforce is assured of doing properly.

“It is the best first game we could have asked for. We have played England recently and had some success against them, I have done well against them too. 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,” he stated.

“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 that 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,” he added.

South Africa will compete with England within the opening match of the World Cup on 30 May.

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Published Date: May 23, 2019

| Updated Date: May 23, 2019


Updated Date: May 23, 2019 11:35:16 IST