South Africa legend Hashim Amla, on Thursday, announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket with immediate effect. The right-handed batsman, however, will continue plying his trade in domestic cricket and the Mzansi Super League. Amla is the second South African great to end his international career this week after fast bowler Dale Steyn. Steyn announced his Test retirement on Tuesday.
Amla bowed out of international cricket as one of the greatest batsmen to have graced the field from South Africa. He represented South Africa in 124 Tests, 181 ODIs and 44 T20 internationals. Amla amassed 9282 runs in Tests at an average of 46.64 with 28 hundreds and 41 fifties while in ODIs he scored 8113 runs at 49.46 with 27 centuries and 39 half-centuries.
In the shortest format Amla managed to score 1277 runs at 33.60 including 8 fifties. His 27 ODI tons are most by a South Africa. Amla is also the first and only South African till date to score a triple century. Unsurprisingly, congratulatory messages poured in from all the corners of the world after Amla brought down curtains on his glorious career.
But amidst all those messages, one fan blamed Jofra Archer for Amla’s decision to end his international career. The fan took to Twitter to express his disappointment over Amla’s retirement. He concluded his message by blaming Archer, writing:
“Amla (heartbreak emojis), @JofraArcher I will never forgive you”
The man was definitely referring to the incident that took place during the World Cup when Amla was hit on his head by Jofra Archer bouncer. A visibly shaken Amla had to walk off the field after the blow and had also missed the game against Bangladesh.
Archer, however, was taking none of it as he made it clear that he was unimpressed with the tweet, writing:
“What did I do ?”
What did I do ?
— Jofra Archer (@JofraArcher) August 8, 2019