Hashim Amla calls it quits from all forms of international cricket
Hashim Amla, the only South Africa batsman to score a Test triple hundred, is the second Proteas to retire this week after Steyn.
Proteas batsman Hashim Amla has retired from all international cricket with immediate effect.
Though, the 36-year-old will continue to play domestic cricket, and will also be available for the upcoming Mzansi Super League 2019—the T20 franchise cricket tournament in South Africa.
It’s the second major retirement blow to the Proteas this week after Dale Steyn called it quits from test cricket.
The greatest of his generation. Stats don’t lie and @DaleSteyn62 test stats is the best . I know how much test cricket means to you bud and how badly you still wanted to achieve more . Hopefully we will still see a lot of this action. #???? pic.twitter.com/qMglFgfZ9U— Faf Du Plessis (@faf1307) August 5, 2019
Amla's decision to step from the international game marks the end of a 15-year career, with his Test debut having come in November 2004, in India.
He played 124 Tests, 181 ODIs and 44 T20Is until 2019. His 9,282 runs in Test cricket are the second most by a Proteas cricketer, after the veteran Jacques Kallis’ 13,206. And just so you know, he is the only South Africa batsman to score a Test triple hundred.
Unreal career @amlahash ! So many doubted u early on, but your fighting spirit, humility & incredible one of a kind talent took u to the top of the mountain and ultimately to one of the best players in the world and… https://t.co/LVxSIdeCoQ— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) August 8, 2019
His said farewell to the international game with an unbeaten 80 in South Africa's nine-wicket win against Sri Lanka, but he didn’t have a very good World Cup having scored only 203 runs in seven innings.
However, Amla has left behind a myriad records: His 27 ODI hundreds are the most by a South African, and 24 of those came in victories. He was also the fastest batsman to 2,000, 3,000, 4,000, 5,000, 6,000, and 7,000 runs in ODI cricket.
Congratulations to Hashim Amla on a fantastic international career..what an amazing journey it has been since seeing you for the first time in the Kingsmead nets in the late 90’s... well done..respect..???????????????????????????? @amlahash— Shaun Pollock (@7polly7) August 8, 2019
He collected the country’s third-most runs in ODI cricket—8,113 after former skipper AB de Villiers’ 9,427 and Kallis’ 11,550—at an average of 49.46.
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“I learnt many lessons during this incredible ride, made many friends and most importantly shared in the love of a brotherhood called #proteafire,” Amla said in a Cricket South Africa statement.
“I would like to thank my parents for their prayers, love and support, it is their shadow over me that enabled me to play for years under the Protea sun.
“The fans for energising me when times were tough, and for celebrating with me when we succeeded together. Siyabonga, South Africa!
"And, of course, a very special thanks to the President and the Board at Cricket South Africa - not forgetting the Chief Executive, Mr Thabang Moroe, and his administrative team. I really appreciate all the opportunities and am truly grateful.
"Love and peace."