Hashim Amla

South African batsman Hashim Amla credits the holy month of Ramadan for improving his physical and mental approach ahead of ICC cricket World Cup 2019.

The 36-year-old batsman after the warm-up game against West Indies in Bristol on Sunday said, “It (fasting) really helps with my conditioning,” he said.

“Fasting is something I always look forward to. It’s the best month of the year for me. Physically yes, you do feel thirsty and hungry. I see it as a great mental exercise. But most importantly, it is a great spiritual exercise as well, he added.

In 2012, during Ramadan, Amla became South Africa’s highest individual Test run-scorer with his 311 not out at The Oval. He has 7,910 runs in 174 ODIs at an average of 49.74 with 27 centuries till date.

The right-handed batsman will play two matches during this Ramadan against England and Bangladesh.