5 Parallels Between Some of the Greatest Personalities from Cricket & Basketball
#4- Hashim Amla v/s James Harden
The tenaciousness and patience play of Hamish is enough to demoralize any bowling attack. Won't be wrong to entitle him as the wall of South-Africa as he is the only consistent player in the precarious South-African squad. Similarly, James Harden is also known for putting the defense in a circling conundrum as his moves are extremely unpredictable.
Harden is not only a good scorer but also draws fouls very successfully. Both of them keep waiting for a long time and when the defense slacks, they go full pace exploiting it. The playing style of Hashim in a test match forces bowlers to commit mistakes similar to Harden's foul-drawing capacity. The 'wristy flick and cover drive' of Amla bring equal delight in the crowd as Harden's 'Stepback' does in the NBA.
Hashim Amla is the fastest man to reach the mark of 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000 and 7000 runs in ODI also, the first African batsmen to score a triple century in a test match while fasting speaks volumes about his desire to grit it out in adversity- a true testimony of the man's patience, perseverance, tenacity and most importantly the character. On the other side, Harden is a recipient of gold in 2010 FIBA World Championship and an Olympic gold medal in 2012. NBA career is full of milestones for Harden, which includes the 2018 MVP, 6 NBA All-Star and the assists leader in 2017.