Hashim Amla, one of South African’s greatest ever batsman has made a shock announcement of retiring from all forms of international cricket. Amla will, however, continue to be available for domestic cricket as well as the Mzansi Super League in South Africa.
Thanking Amla’s contribution to the national team, Cricket South Africa said, “In an international career that was spread over 15 years he played 349 matches across the three formats for the Standard Bank Proteas, making more than 18 000 runs, including 55 centuries and 88 other scores in excess of 50.”
It added, “He has made South Africa’s only Test triple century to date and has made the highest Test scores for his country against England, India and the West Indies and the highest against Australia in the post-unity period.”
Amla said, “I learnt many lessons during this incredible ride, made many friends and most importantly shared in the love of a brotherhood called proteafire.”
In a career spanning 15 years, Amla played 349 matches and score more than 18,000 runs. Amla smashed several world records during his international career. During this year’s World Cup cricket, he became the second-fastest player in the history of One Day Internationals to score 8,000 runs. He achieved this feat while playing against New Zealand at Birmingham’s Edgbaston cricket ground in England.
Amla holds the record of being the fastest to score 2,000, 3,000, 4,000, 5,000, 6,000 and 7,000 runs in ODI matches. The elegant South African batsman, however, missed on this achievement by just one innings. His first 5,000 runs in ODI matches had come in just 101 innings.