Legendary South Africa batsman Hashim Amla has called time on an illustrious 15-year international career earlier today with immediate effect. Meanwhile, Amla will continue to play domestic cricket including the Mzansi Super League.
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Amla has been one of the mainstays of South Africa’s batting for quite some time now. He has led their batting across formats and has many records to his name. In the 349 matches Hashim Amla has played across the three formats, he has scored 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.
Hashim Amla thanked his parents for the love and support throughout his career. He also thanked everyone involved in his career and is grateful to Cricket South Africa for giving him all the opportunities.
“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,” said Amla. “Also, my family, friends and agent, my teammates and every member of the support staff throughout this incredible journey. A heartfelt thank you to every one of you! The fans for energizing me when times were tough, and for celebrating with me when we succeeded together,” he added.
Soon after the news broke out on the internet, the cricket fraternity bowed down to the star player for his service to the game of cricket. From his teammates to cricketers from across the globe, many took to Twitter to congratulate Hashim Amla.
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
First time I played against @amlahash was in u-19 World Cup in New Zealand.showed the glimpse of his class by playing an outstanding inning against us,surely he finished his international career by being one of the greats of South African cricket.Happy #retirement brother #amla
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) August 8, 2019
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
There arent enough words to describe your contributions… to the team.. to me… and to the country as a whole!
A person we could always look to for advice and wisdom.
— Tabraiz Shamsi (@shamsi90) August 8, 2019
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) August 8, 2019
I see hash has decided to declare for good.mentally strong and great all round batsman. Congrats on a wonderful career # 👏👏 @amlahash
— Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) August 8, 2019
Many congratulations to @amlahash on a wonderful international career. Without a doubt one of South Africa's and the world's finest cricketers. What a man!! I had the pleasure of keeping him company at the crease, however, he would just keep going!!
— Alviro Petersen (@AlviroPetersen) August 8, 2019
— Kamran Akmal (@KamiAkmal23) August 8, 2019
Congratulations on ur Great international career @amlahash 👍🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 , U r a Gem 💎, A Star ⭐️ & Wil be remember as Great Human always , Thanks for all the Entertainment , U r one of my Mentor in my career #Respect for U , Best wishes 🤲🏼 Stay Blessed
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) August 8, 2019
Congratulations @amlahash for brilliant career..always enjoyed the battle with you in the ground while bowling to you ..wish you lots of happiness going forward.. Great man may god bless you 🙏 pic.twitter.com/OW3lHaKpHj
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) August 8, 2019
Morals, respect, hard work, dedication , family man , team player , faith are the stats I will remember and tell kids about forever 🙌🏼 One of the very best to play this beautiful game 🏏 The silent WARRIOR @amlahash – love you bro 🙏🏼 look forward to that chai 😊you’re making ☕️
— Robin John Peterson (@robbie13flair) August 8, 2019
— mark boucher (@markb46) August 8, 2019