Hashim Amla, the legendary South African batsman, has announced an international retirement after an illustrious 15-year international career earlier today with immediate effect. Amla was one of the most generous cricketers of the current generations who played the game with respect and dignity. Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar congratulated Amla on a wonderful career and also wished him luck for the future.

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Hashim Amla bid farewell to cricket

In the 349 games he has played for South Africa across the three formats, Hashim Amla has amassed more than 18000 runs, including 55centuries and 88 fifties at an average of over 50. He has made South Africa’s only Test triple century and also has the highest score among South African batsmen in Test when he struck an unbeaten 311 against England at The Oval in 2012. Amla also holds the record for the most ODI tons by a South African (27). He is also the quickest batsman in the world to reach the landmarks of 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000 and 7000 ODI runs.

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar. Credits: Twitter.

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In his retirement speech, Hashim Amla thanked one and all involved with his game even for one day. He made special mention of his parents and thanked the almighty for granting him the opportunity to represent South Africa. Soon after the announcement, congratulatory messages started pouring in from former cricketers and his teammates. Sachin Tendulkar also wished Amla for an outstanding retirement life. The India great also lauded the way the former Protean played the game.

 

“You have served your country with great distinction and been a source of inspiration for many youngsters @amlahash! Wishing you a wonderful retired life. Good luck my friend,” Sachin Tendulkar tweeted.