Legendary South Africa batsman Amla retires

Hashim Amla, 36, has recently retired from all forms of international cricket following a legendary career that spanned almost 15 years.

Amla’s decision marks the end of an international career that began in November 2004 during a Test series in India. He made his ODI and t20i debuts more recently, in 2008 and 2009 respectively.

His final match was in the recent ICC Cricket World Cup when South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by nine wickets. In that game, Amla scored an unbeaten 80.

The batsman leaves an immense Test record behind him. Amla amassed an eye-watering 9,282 runs at an average of 46.64 with 28 centuries to his name, finishing as his country’s second-highest run-scorer, only behind Jacques Kallis.

During his Test career, Amla was at the center of one of the most successful international Test batting lineups ever. His 311 not out against England at the Oval remains South Africa’s only triple century in Test match cricket.

In addition to his illustrious Test career, Amla enjoyed a record-breaking One Day career too. Since his debut in the 50 over format, Amla became the fastest batsman to reach 2,000, 3,000, 4,000, 5,000, 6,000 and 7,000 career runs. During his ODI career, Amla scored a total 8,113 runs at 49.46, with 27 centuries and 39 half-centuries to his name.

“Firstly, all Glory and thanks to the Almighty for granting me this Proteas journey which has been nothing but a joy and privilege,” Amla said in a statement last month. “I learned 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 energizing me when times were tough, and for celebrating with me when we succeeded together. Siyabonga South Africa!”

Amla leaves a significant legacy behind him, both on and off the field of play. On top of his many cricketing achievements, Amla was also credited as being the face of a new inclusive and diverse South African national side.

Originating from a Muslim, Indian family, Amla became one of the faces South African sport in the Rainbow nation. Since the debut of Amla on the international scene 14 years ago, the cricketing side has become one of the most diverse South African national sides, with a significant increase in Black, Asian and Cape Coloured players to grace the field alongside him.