Cricketing world pays tribute to Hashim Amla on his fantastic career
Amla ended as the player with most ODI tons for South Africa.
Published - Aug 9, 2019 10:40 am
Updated - Aug 9, 2019 10:40 am
One of the most beautiful chapters in the history of South Africa cricket came to an end on Thursday when Hashim Amla announced his retirement from international cricket. The big decision brought an end to a glorious career that spanned well over a decade. Amla bowed out of international cricket as one of the best batsmen from South Africa and one of the all-time greats in international cricket.
While the last few months were not ideal for Amla, it does not undermine his run-laden career. In a career spanning 349 international games, Amla aggregated 18,672 runs including 55 centuries and 88 fifties. The right-handed batsman has made the only triple hundred by a South African in Test cricket. His record in ODIs is also equally impressive.
Amla remains the quickest batsman in the world to reach the landmarks of 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000 and 7000 ODI runs. He finishes his ODI career with 8,113 runs at an average of over 49. His 27 ODI tons remain the most from a South African batsman.
Amla was tipped for bigger things in international cricket right from the time he led South Africa at the Under-19 World Cup of 2002. He took over the captaincy of Nashua Dolphins at an early age of 21 and made a mark straightaway. Hashim Amla finally made his Test debut during the tour of India in 2004-05 and soon established himself as the batting mainstay of the team. He was named South Africa Cricketer of the Year in 2010 and again in 2013.
“Firstly, all glory and thanks to the Almighty for granting me this Proteas journey which has been nothing but a joy and privilege,” Hashim Amla said in a statement. “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 teammates and every member of the support staff throughout this incredible journey. A heartfelt thank you to every one of you,” he added as he waved goodbye to the Proteas.
Cricketing world bows down to Hashim Amla
As soon as Hashim Amla announced his retirement from international cricket, cricketers from across the world took to Twitter to congratulate him on his stellar career. Present and past cricketers as well as the fans showered Amla with fitting tributes.
Here’s how the cricketing fraternity reacted to his retirement:
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
Wow two modern greats of the game have now retired first Dale Steyn and now Hashim Amla. Throughly enjoyed what they were able to do on the field. Going to take me some time to get use to the new @OfficialCSA team!
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) 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
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
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) August 8, 2019
There arent enough words to describe your contributions… to the team.. to me… and to the country as a whole!
A person we could always look to for advice and wisdom.
— Tabraiz Shamsi (@shamsi90) August 8, 2019
I see hash has decided to declare for good.mentally strong and great all round batsman. Congrats on a wonderful career # 👏👏 @amlahash
— Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) August 8, 2019
Congratulations on ur Great international career @amlahash 👍🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 , U r a Gem 💎, A Star ⭐️ & Wil be remember as Great Human always , Thanks for all the Entertainment , U r one of my Mentor in my career #Respect for U , Best wishes 🤲🏼 Stay Blessed
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) August 8, 2019
— Mithun Manhas 🇮🇳 (@MithunManhas) August 8, 2019
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) August 8, 2019
— Kamran Akmal (@KamiAkmal23) August 8, 2019
A brother , guide and a well wisher to every one in proteas dressing room will be missed.Jazakallah for all the help and love @amlahash let allah bless you for everything you intend to do in future #Legend
— Imran Tahir (@ImranTahirSA) August 8, 2019
Many congratulations to @amlahash on a wonderful international career. Without a doubt one of South Africa's and the world's finest cricketers. What a man!! I had the pleasure of keeping him company at the crease, however, he would just keep going!!
— Alviro Petersen (@AlviroPetersen) August 8, 2019
End of another Brilliant career . Pure class very elegant batsman and a great human being @amlahash . Hav a great second innings . May ALLAH bless u all da way .
— Salman Butt (@im_SalmanButt) August 8, 2019
Congratulations to @amlahash on such a wonderful international career.Truly a legend and a great human https://t.co/limTgUwQRt will definitely be missed by the cricket fans all over the world.Many prayers for your future life.
— Misbah Ul Haq (@captainmisbahpk) August 8, 2019
An end of an era – spectacular career and an amazing cricketer but an even better human being @amlahash – bhai wishing you the very best journey ahead InshAllah
— Azhar Mahmood (@AzharMahmood11) August 8, 2019
— mark boucher (@markb46) August 8, 2019
Congratulations @amlahash for brilliant career..always enjoyed the battle with you in the ground while bowling to you ..wish you lots of happiness going forward.. Great man may god bless you 🙏 pic.twitter.com/OW3lHaKpHj
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) August 8, 2019
Thank you for blessing the cricket field legend – @amlahash. You are a role model both in an out of the ground. I wish the very best to you for your second innings. #Legend #Respect #RiseAndRise pic.twitter.com/v0sf3zvMFV
— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) August 8, 2019
Congratulations to @amlahash bhai on such a wonderful international career.Truly a legend and a great human being. Definitely cricket fans will miss you .Many prayers for your future life.
— Hassan Ali 🇵🇰 (@RealHa55an) August 8, 2019
What a player! Congrats @amlahash on everything you've achieved. All the very best in the next chapter, no doubt it will be just as successful 👍🏾
— Varun Chopra (@vchops06) August 8, 2019
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) August 9, 2019
Morals, respect, hard work, dedication , family man , team player , faith are the stats I will remember and tell kids about forever 🙌🏼 One of the very best to play this beautiful game 🏏 The silent WARRIOR @amlahash – love you bro 🙏🏼 look forward to that chai 😊you’re making ☕️
— Robin John Peterson (@robbie13flair) August 8, 2019
The great #HashimAmla has surprised the world with his announcement to retire from all forms of cricket, what a legend & what a great human being & great brand ambassador of the game respect to you wish you best of luck ..
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) August 8, 2019