Former England batsman Pietersen gave insight into his communications with Amla and decorated the facts that make him one of the very best cricketers around.
Pietersen was quoted as saying by South Africa Cricket Magazine, “I remember him in a match in Hobart, when the Australian were well on top at tea. He came in and in his 60 or 70 balls, scored a forty and calmed the dressing room down. He comes in at No 3, does his job, occupies the crease and lets the rest of the order to play,”
Former Australian captain Michael Clarke said that Amla was not easy batsman to counter and he unloved captaining against him. “I hated captaining against him because he was so hard to set fields to,” Clarke said. “He had a great defence and based his game around that but he found a way to be successful across all three formats.”
"Like anyone who has played a hundred Tests, it has been a roller-coaster ride. The game of cricket is hard and there going to be ups and down and tough times. But it shows your character the way you get through that and turn things around. It’s not always about statistics, sometimes it’s about the way you played and the way you helped your team be successful, but his statistics show what a great player he is,” He said.
Former West Indies spearhead Michael Holding wasn’t faraway either from congratulating Amla on a amazing career. Amla have to be a great player to play a 100th Test matches because you are under analysis every time you go out there.
“What is important for a test cricketer is your commitment, your willingness to do hard work and your skill, and Hashim has all of those … you can see it in the way he approaches the game. He can take the attack to bowlers and target an area; he can adapt. That what makes him such a great cricketer.”