South African batsman Hashim Amla has retired from all forms of international cricket with immediate effect, bringing down the curtains on a stellar 15-year career that he termed an “incredible ride”.
South African run machine Hashim Amla has announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket following a dismal run in the ICC World Cup 2019 where the right-hander failed to score anything significant while his team had a shockingly early exit.
Hashim Amla will continue to play in the South African domestic cricket, including the upcoming Mzansi Super League 2019, reported Cricinfo.
The 36-year-old, who is of Indian origin, has retired despite being very close to the 10,000 run mark in Test cricket. The top-order batsman has 9282 runs in 124 Tests with a highest score of 311 not out. Hashim Amla, who is known for playing long innings, has 28 centuries and 41 50s in Test cricket. In ODIs, Hashim Amla proved that he can keep a healthy strike rate with his array of strokeplay which fetched him 8113 runs in 181 ODIs with 27 centuries and 39 50s. In Tests and ODIs, Hashim Amla’s batting average is 46.64 and 49.46, respectively.
Hashim Amla also played in 44 T20Is scoring 1277 runs with eight half-centuries.
The bearded batsman made his Test debut in late 2004 against India. His last Test match was against Sri Lanka at Port Elizabeth in February 2019 where the tourists pulled off a surprising victory. Amla’s contribution was 0 and 32. Ironically, his last ODI was also against Sri Lanka during the ICC World Cup 2019 in which he scored an unbeaten 80 in 105 balls to help the Proteas win by 9 wickets.
Hashim Amla, commenting on his retirement, 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 Protea Fire.
“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 team mates 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! Love and peace.”