”Fasting is a great mental exercise” – Hashim Amla

Cricketing star believes fasting strengthens you mentally.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 03: Hashim Amla of South Africa celebrates his century during the ICC Champions Trophy match between Sri Lanka and South Africa at The Kia Oval on June 3, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)


Cricketing star Hashim Amla is a devout Muslim and believes that with physical benefits, fasting also strengthens you mentally. Yet on another occasion, Amla expresses how religious practices help you perform better. He is of the belief that only are the religious obligation spiritually fulfilling, but they also help positively impact physical health as well.

South African star said that fasting helps in his conditioning. He added that it is the month he looks forward to the most. Though he does feel hungry and thirsty during training, it helps him to mentally focus and perform better during the exercise.

“Whenever we are playing cricket at the time especially during training sessions, physically yes you do feel hungry and thirsty but for me it’s a great mental exercise. But most importantly it’s a great spiritual exercise as well.” – Amla said.

Amla believes that training while fasting is mentally and spiritually fulfilling, hence it casts a good impact on his performance overall. The cricketing star added that it is lovely to arrive in England and kickstart their World Cup campaign.

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Hashim Amla so far expressed contentment with their initial performance. He said that things are going well in England and they have had two ‘decent warm-up games’ so far and it is always good to get some breathing time in the middle.

Amla determined to steal the spotlight:

“In England, you are going to have these types of days where it’s probably a little stop and start, so as a batsman you need to get your mind around it.” – Amla said. 

Speaking about hopes affiliated with the World Cup, the 36 years old veteran said the youngsters in the team are energetic and focused to steal the final show.

“There are quite a few, I would say all the young guys. As you said, we got a good squad and we are just going about our business. We are trying to play as good as we can” – he said.

“As the tournament goes through, I am sure the youngsters and hopefully everyone will just get into gear and play good cricket.”

Casually speaking about his form, Amla said it is not up to him to whether he plays in the playing XI or not. He expressed that the ‘wealth of experience and communication within the team ensured that knowledge was being passed on to the youngsters in the team.’

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