Hashim Mohammad Amla (born 31 March 1983) is a South African cricketer. A right-handed batsman and occasional medium-pace bowler, Amla bats at number three for South Africa in Test matches and opens for them in One Day Internationals (ODIs).
On January 2011 Amla became the fastest cricketer to reach 2000 Runs in ODIs in his 40th ODI innings. He also became the fastest cricketer to score 20 ODI centuries. He is currently ranked by the International Cricket Council (ICC) as the world’s number three batsman in Test and ODIs. Amla became the first South African to score a Test match triple century when he scored 311 not out against England in 2012.
In the 57th innings of his ODI career, Amla became the fastest batsman to score 3,000 ODI runs, requiring 12 innings fewer than Sir Vivian Richards. Also on 8 December 2013, he became the fastest batsman to score 4,000 ODI runs, requiring 8 innings fewer than Richards. In his 57th match, Amla became the fastest cricketer to reach 10 centuries 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.
In 2014 he became the fastest cricketer to reach 15 centuries in ODIs in his 86th innings. In the same year he became the fastest cricketer to reach 16 centuries in ODIs in his 94th inning and fastest cricketer to 17 centuries in ODIs in his 98th innings. He scored 5 hundreds in ODIs in 2014. On 16 January 2015 against West Indies he became the fastest to reach 5000 runs in ODIs in his 101st innings. On 18 January 2015 he became the fastest cricketer to 18 centuries in ODIs in his 102nd inning. On 3 March 2015 he became the fastest cricketer to reach 20 centuries in ODIs in his 108th inning.