Amla to consult with Benkenstein in search of form ahead of World Cup
South African top-order batsman Hashim Amla has been battling for form for a long while now. Amla is one of South Africa’s record-breaking incredible one-day international players but his ongoing form has been poor, while expanding age has implied that he has backed off in the field. So he made his mind to consult with South Africa’s batting coach Dale Benkenstein to find some form before the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.
It has been a trying couple of months for the 36-year-old Amla, who has been not even close to his best while he has additionally had the disastrous mental and enthusiastic test of his dad being fundamentally sick.
Even there was a doubt about his selection in the World Cup squad. But finally he was selected for the 15-man squad and he will must try to repay the faith of the selectors in the World Cup. That’s why he decided to make his batting more solid with the help of Dale Benkenstein.
“The way in which you train for T20 is diverse to how you train for 50 over cricket. He will spend time with Dale Benkenstein and there is a program set up for him. It is a cricketing choice, by the day’s end. You train for a brief timeframe when you’re playing T20 cricket and this guarantee his planning isn’t restricted,” Cricket South Africa (CSA) selection convenor Linda Zondi said.
Asking about Amla’s form Zondi said: “Indeed, it’s been a worry. We can’t state that it hasn’t been a worry, yet the readiness is so unique for the two formats so we need to back the choice. He needs to bat longer and invest more time with Benky to get prepared for 50 over cricket.”
Since January 2018, Amla has scored 1228 runs in 45 innings averaging just 29.23 in all formats. In this period, he has picked only one century. His ODI numbers are a touch better in this period. He has scored 529 runs at the average of 35.26. But it doesn’t match his potential obviously.
There is no question that Amla has not been in good touch but still he remains the best trust in a new inexperienced South African batting order.
South Africa will start their World Cup campaign against the host England in the opening match on May 30 at the Oval.