What a great feeling,What a moment for all Hash Fans! Hashim Amla has scored his maiden test double hundred and finished not out. What makes it sweeter is that its against the leading test nation India. Great stuff for Hash. I am mighty proud. I can just see Hash earning some dollars for the Deccon Chargers.But all the glory aside it had to happen to a man of this stature.His qualities,his behaviour and his sublime skill.
It was great to watch and having a Dawaat at my grannys place made it sweeter. All the toppies were smiling and If Hash reads this,Bro our community let alone family were proud.
But of course where there are Indian toppies having Biryani on a Sunday and tea afterwards theres always controversy.
One toppie said How could Fani De Villiers say that Hash was negative. If this comment was true..Cmon vinnege Fanie. It was breathtaking and scored when SA were two down.
And of course the biggest debate was SHOULD SMITH HAVE DECLARED OR LET HASH BAT ON?
I leave it to the blog.Im quite interested to read teh comments.But for now.WELL DONE HASH.....YOU ARE THE MAN.
While I was posting this I found a few owes on facbook and got their views.Heres what they had to say
"No, he was protecting his record, preserving white supremacy at the top of the record charts. Had he declared 30 mins or an hour earlier, he cud use the excuse that he wanted to have a bowl at the indians while they're still tired but giving his bowlers 3 overs to bowl at the indians proves it was not the case as over 90% of bowlers require at least 1 over to get into their bowling rhythm, further more, Amla had "the great Greame Pollocks" record in site, "expert commentator Daryll Cullinans" record in site and off course, "our cricketing saviour and national team captains" record in site.He was also on course to become the first south african to score a test triple hundred.
the excuse thats going to come out, is that the team and winning the match is wats most important and i agree, winning must come first, BUT , had it been Kallis, De Villiers or himself batting, would the declaration have come?When he scored his 277, he batted on, selfishly, without regard for the team or winning the match, He had his sights on the record and he gave himself every opportunity to get it.
and if i were captain, i would bat on until the team were bowled out. there was still another 100 -150 runs on offer from our team which woud put us around 700 runs and 2 and a half days to bowl india out on a deteriorating pitch.550 is not a secure score, follow on is around 350 but at 700, the follow on is around 500if India do bat relatively well in the first innings, then we gotto then bat again and then its a draw but with a lead of 700, india are never gonna score 500 against us.not with 3 new batsmen in the team so it puts us in the driving seat , this declaration has put the ball in indias court to salvage the match in general, all round bad captaincy
Our very own Yusuf Rasool
"What an innings hash played his proved all his critics wrong smith declared for his record not for the win he could have given hash the 20 mins to get his runs and bowl at india for the three days"