Hashim Amla has left millions of his fans in a shock after he announced his early retirement from international cricket on Thursday
South African star batsman Hashim Amla has announced his retirement from all formats of international cricket on Thursday.
Loved by many across the world for his elegant batting style, the 36-year-old cricketer called time on one of the great international careers of the modern era on Thursday.
Just a few days after another star Proteas player Dale Steyn announced to quit test cricket, the news of Hashim Amla’s retirement has come as a shock to many diehard cricket lovers.
BREAKING: South Africa's Hashim Amla has announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect. pic.twitter.com/mlpPI6DyZJ
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) August 8, 2019
Hashim Amla played international cricket for more than 15 years including 349 matches across the three formats. He made his ODI debut back in 2008 and played many memorable innings for Proteas.
The South African opener scored more than 18,000 runs that include 55 centuries and 88 other scores above 50. Amla also holds the record for scoring South Africa’s only Test triple century till date. He also made the highest test scores for SA against India, England, and the West Indies.
Not to mention his most famous performance against India in which he scored 490 runs singlehandedly the two-match test series in 2010 and was only dismissed once.
Amla became the world’s number 1 ranked batsman in Test cricket in 2013 after his match-winning innings of 196 against Australia at Perth where Proteas ended up winning the series.
Even though he has retired from international cricket, Amla will continue to be available for domestic cricket as well as the Mzansi Super League.
Hashim Amla made this announcement via a Cricket South Africa press release on Thursday.
JUST IN: Hashim Amla, one of South Africa's greatest-ever batsmen, has retired from international cricket. pic.twitter.com/yB3rRLSqHX
— ICC (@ICC) August 8, 2019
Here’s what he said:
Firstly, all glory and thanks to the Almighty for granting me this Proteas journey which has been nothing but a joy and privilege.
I learnt many lessons during this incredible ride, made many friends and most importantly shared in the love of a brotherhood called #proteafire.
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.
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 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.”
Hashim Amla is undoubtedly one of the most successful batsmen of this age. He has millions of fans around the world who cannot stop reacting over the news of his early retirement!
Hashim Amla announces his retirement from international cricket. He played 346 matches for South Africa, making 18,553 runs with 55 hundreds and 87 fifties across the three formats for his country #Cricket @amlahash#thankyouhash pic.twitter.com/yQDvUs3gwt
— Mohamed Akram (@jaak049) August 8, 2019
Ever since Mark Boucher's forced retirement, South Africa has Lost Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis, Morne Morkel, JP Duminy, AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn.
Five out of the eight had played in excess of 100 Tests.
— Shimane (@_Shimane_) August 8, 2019
— Farooq Ⓜ️ (@Faruukue) August 8, 2019
first AB de Villiers after that Dale Steyn now Hashim Amla South Africa cricketers announcing retirement#HashimAmla
— pavankumarkore (@pawankumarkore) August 8, 2019