Johannesburg: Veteran South African batsman Hashim Amla has said that playing successive series against Pakistan, first in UAE and now in their own homeland, seemed like ` deja vu` for him.
South Africa ran out 4-1 victors in the United Arab Emirates earlier this month, but had already lost the home one-day international series 2-0 with the third and final match in Centurion on Saturday.
According to Sport24, the South African opener said that although both the series have been very competitive, but he also felt a bit like the movie ` Groundhog Day` where the character, a reporter, woke up and found himself in a `time loop`, covering the same event over and over again
Stating that both South Africa and Pakistan are quite evenly matched, Amla said that although they managed to take the lead and cross over the line in the UAE, but they missed out in the South Africa, and admitted that the team already had one eye on the upcoming series against India.
Despite playing for pride in the final game of the series, Amla said the two losses would provide good learning experiences for the team and added that without the services of Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis and Dale Steyn on the final ODI against Pakistan, it was the perfect opportunity for the periphery players in the side to step up.