Hashim Amla has retired from all global cricket. He’ll continue to play domestic cricket, and is also available for the forthcoming Mzansi Super League 2019.
Amla’s choice to step in the global game marks the conclusion of a career that lasted nearly 15 decades, together with his Test debut having come in November 2004, in India. He made his ODI and T20I debuts in 2008 and 2009 respectively, and he left his last appearance for South Africa in the recent World Cup.
But Amla leaves a few South African limited-overs documents in his wake. His 27 ODI hundreds would be the most by a South African, and 24 of these came in victories. He ended his ODI career with 8,113 runs in an average of 49.46, with 39 half-centuries to decide on his 27 tons.
His Evaluation successes were more illustrious, together with Amla amassing 9,282 runs at 46.64 with 28 centuries. He was the first South African to score a triple hundred in Test cricket, and finished as his nation’s second-highest run-scorer from the arrangement, next only to Jacques Kallis.
Amla also gets the Maximum Test scores for his country from England, India and the West Indies, and also the highest against Australia in the post-unity period. Further highlights include his making 490 runs while being dismissed only once in the two-match Test series in India in 2010, scoring centuries in both innings of the second match to accompany his unbeaten double century at the first.
His first innings of 196 from Australia in Perth in December 2012 won him the Man of the Match award and was a significant contribution to the Proteas’ series-winning performance, as well as helping Amla to become the No. 1 rated batsman in the world in Test cricket in 2013.
During a brief spell as captain he led the Proteas into a rare Test series win in Sri Lanka, and was appointed SA Cricketer of the Year in 2010, and in 2013. While his final Test match saw him and 32 as South Africa lost 2-0 to Sri Lanka at home in February, and inadequate form had taken a little of the shine off his numbers over a difficult last year in Test cricket, Amla leaves the global arena with his reputation for being the classiest, calmest guy on the area intact.
“I learnt many lessons in this unbelievable ride, made many friends and most importantly shared at the love of a brotherhood known as #proteafire.
“I would like to thank my parents for their prayers, love and support, it’s their darkness over me that enabled me to play with for years below the Protea sunlight. Additionally, my family, friends and representative, my team mates and every member of their support team during this incredible journey. A heartfelt thank you to every one of you!
“The lovers for energizing me when times were rough, and for observing together when we triumphed together.
“And, clearly, a very special thanks to the President and the Board in Cricket South Africa – not forgetting that the Chief Executive, Mr Thabang Moroe, along with his administrative staff. I truly love all of the opportunities and am truly thankful.
Love and peace.