Amla: ‘No sentimental value’ in scoring 25 ODI centuries

“Records are meant to broken so there’s no sentimental value to it”

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South Africa opener Hashim Amla refused to get overexcited after he scored a record-breaking century in his side’s Champions Trophy opener against Sri Lanka on Saturday.

Amla’s hundred was his 25th in the 50-over format and it saw him become the first South African player to accomplish that achievement. He was also the fastest to the milestone, needing just 151 innings to do it. The previous record holder was India captain Virat Kohli, who did it in 162 innings.

In addition to all this, Amla’s name also appears in the record books when it comes to the fastest batsman to score 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000 and 7000 ODI runs.

“Yeah, you get away with it afterwards, but you know what these numbers and those types of things have very little relevance in the greater scheme of things,” Amla said. “I’m certainly grateful to get some runs and whatever comes with it, but records are meant to broken so there’s no sentimental value to it. But I’m enjoying it and very grateful and I’ll move on.”

The Proteas thrashed Sri Lanka by 96 runs and now have two more group stage matches, which will be against Pakistan on Wednesday and India on Sunday.

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