Hashim Amla retirement: Twitter was absolutely emotional as the legendary South African batsman announced retirement from all formats.
South Africa opening batsman Hashim Amla has announced retirement from all formats of international cricket. The 36-year old cricketer has become the second South African to cricketer to announce retirement in the last few days. Earlier, fast bowler Dale Steyn had retired from Test cricket.
Having debuted for South Africa in Tests during the tour of India in 2004 at Kolkata, Amla scored 9,282 runs at an average of 46.64 and a strike rate of 49.97 including 28 centuries and 41 half-centuries.
The right-hand batsman made his ODI debut during the tour of Bangladesh in 2008 at Chattogram. Despite being a Test specialist for four years, Amla broke all norms by scoring 8,113 runs in 181 ODIs at an average of 49.46 and a strike rate of 88.39 including 27 centuries and 39 half-centuries.
All in all, Amla amassed 18,672 runs including 55 centuries and 88 half-centuries in 437 innings across formats during his 15-year old career. Amla has hung his boots as the second, third and fifth-highest run-scorer for South Africa in tests, ODIs and T20Is respectively.
Since the start of 2018, Amla’s form received a hit as he only scored 825 runs in 32 innings across formats at an average of 26.61 and a strike rate of 52.08. Him not scoring any century in this period was another concern. In the recently concluded ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Amla scored 203 runs at an average of 40.60 and a strike rate of 64.85.
Hashim Amla retirement:
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
#BreakingNews @amlahash today called time on one of the great international careers of the modern era when he announced his retirement from all formats of international cricket. He will continue to be available for domestic cricket as well as the Mzansi Super League. #AmlaRetires pic.twitter.com/l9qgnt0661
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) 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
I’ve always wanted to write about him in detail but never really could. Farewell to Hashim Amla, perhaps my favorite non Pakistan player of this century. What a player. What a man. pic.twitter.com/cj9CFtp5Dn
— Hassan Cheema (@mediagag) August 8, 2019
Our former Sher and a world-class opener, Hashim Amla, calls it quits on international cricket. He was truly invincible at his peak and more than that, a humble human being. 👏
Wish you all the success, Mighty Hash! 🙌
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) August 8, 2019
Hashim Amla signs off from a fantastic international career with love and peace 🙏 pic.twitter.com/Qd9VzjJO6B
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) August 8, 2019
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
Only five players scored 25+ Centuries in both Tests and ODIs
And Hashim Amla
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) August 8, 2019
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) August 8, 2019
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 pic.twitter.com/fw56Tf8p6e
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) August 8, 2019
– 346 matches
– 18,553 runs
– 55 centuries
– 87 half-centuries
– Test average – 46.64
– ODI average – 49.46
– The fastest to 2,000, 3,000, 4,000, 5,000, 6,000 and 7,000 ODI runs.
– Highest Test score by a South African batsman – 311*
Happy retirement, Hashim Amla.
— bet365 (@bet365) August 8, 2019
In less than a week, proteas lose two of their modern day greats. Amla & Steyn were an integral part of SA remaining unbeaten in overseas Test series from 2006-2015. Great Careers. It’s going to be hard pill to swallow for the fans. Wishing them a Happy Retired Second Innings 🏏
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) August 8, 2019
First, a painful one from Steyn. Then, a Kiwik heartbreak from Baz. And now, the only bitter news this Amla can ever give. This August, Cricket lost its august company. 💔😞
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) August 8, 2019
@amlahash joins Steyn, Duminy, Tahir into retirement. He’s exited all forms. For a fair while, was arguably world’s best batsman. Will be remembered for the felicity of his strokeplay, tall scores as well as equanimity on the field in every situation. Well played sir! 👏👏
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) August 8, 2019
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