Hashim Amla opens up on his first IPL stint
Hashim Amla opens up on his first IPL stint

Despite joining the Kings XI Punjab quite late in this IPL, South African opener Hashim Amla is pretty delighted with his stint so far. Amla joined the Kings XI as a replacement for the injured Shaun Marsh. His side might no longer be in the hunt for the playoffs spot, but Amla seems quite optimistic.

The South African displayed his class against the Sunrisers Hyderabad in Mohali last week, as his 96 run knock was filled with an array of delightful strokes. Along with skipper M. Vijay, Amla has formed a classy opening pair and the duo can definitely do something for the Kings XI in the next season. In a recent media interaction, Amla opened up about his stint so far and seemed reasonably pleased.

“Certainly, no team wants to be last in the log and I’m sure every team in the IPL plays their cricket with a great amount of pride and passion. So no doubt that the Kings XI team are in the same boat, we want to finish the IPL on a good note.  “Certainly, lots of players want to do well. It’s disappointing with the position we are in but you got to make the best of every situation you are in and the best for us in this situation will be to win the last game and at least leave on a happier note,” said Amla.

Amla said that his IPL stint was valuable, as it served as a warm-up for the upcoming international season. “For me, personally, having three weeks here has afforded me getting some cricket before the international season. If I didn’t come here, I would have been going to the West Indies without any cricket behind me. So, fortunately, these three weeks have been a good start-up pack to the international season and I’m very grateful for that.”

Praising M. Vijay for his captaincy, the South African opener added, “Vijay has been very good. Since I have been here, his is obviously the only captaincy I’ve been under. He’s been extremely positive and, as I said, credit to the players, to him and the guys who’ve kept their optimism when things haven’t gone well.”