Hashim Amla, the brilliant batsman for the South African Proteas, announced his retirement from international cricket last week. Although he will still be available for domestic games, he is stepping out of the limelight of all international cricket formats. His fans will however even see him in the Mzansi Super League this year, for Durban Heat, where he is contracted. This is the second time that Cricket South Africa had to confirm a retirement in a couple of days, with the brilliant fast bowler, Dale Steyn, announcing his departure from Test cricket only a few days prior.
A Very Successful Career
Amla’s career in international cricket stretched over 15 years. He made his debut in 2004 when he made history as the being the first Indian in South African cricket history to represent the Proteas in the Test cricket field. During this time he played 349 matched. Over three different formats, he managed more than 18 000 runs. Included in these runs are 55 centuries and 88 times where he scored more than 50 fields. During his career, he made the highest number in scores during Test cricket for South Africa against India, the West Indies as well as England. Against Australia, he is holding the record for the highest ratings after unity. The list of his papers and success is extensive. Amla has always been a significant contribution to the South African cricket scene. The 36-year-old Durban-born star is also the record holder with 27 ODI centuries. He even led the South Africans during a short stint as captain during a Test series in Sri Lanka to a rare win for the Proteas.
Numerous Awards and Recognition
Amla was named Cricketer of the Year twice during his career. Once during 2010 and then again in 2013. He is currently ranked as the best batsman in Test cricket. Initially, in his career, many considered him to be the specialist batsman when it comes to the red ball. It wasn’t long after when he made his debut in 2008 at the ODI. Soon he climbed the records with ODI runs until he as at 7 000 runs. In 2012, Amla became the first player for the Proteas to manage a triple-century. He did that at The Oval against England. He is also second in the ranks for scoring the highest number of runs in Test cricket by a South African with his 9 282 terms.
Amla on His Retirement
Amla thanked his family, friends, teammates, agents and every member of the public who contributed to his journey, which he describes as an incredible ride. His period at the Proteas was a time of brotherhood between the players. He also gave a particular word of recognition to the Board and the President at Cricket South Africa. He named Mr Thabang Moroe, the Chief Executive and thanked them for the many opportunities which they provided along his journey.