South Africa batsman Hashim Amla on Thursday announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket with immediate effect. Amla will continue to play domestic T20 cricket in South Africa.
Amla is the second South African great to end his international career this week after fast bowler Dale Steyn, who announced his Test retirement on Tuesday.
Amla retires from the sport after having played 124 Tests, 181 ODIs and 44 T20 internationals for the Proteas. Amla amassed 9282 runs in Tests at an average of 46.64 with 28 hundreds and 41 fifties while in ODIs he scored 8113 runs at 49.46 with 27 centuries and 39 half-centuries.
In the shortest format Amla managed to score 1277 runs at 33.60 including 8 fifties.
“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 #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 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!”
“And, of course, a very special thanks to the President and the Board at Cricket South Africa – not forgetting the Chief Executive, Thabang Moroe, and his administrative team. I really appreciate all the opportunities and am truly grateful,” Amla said in a statement on Thursday.
During the recent Cricket World Cup in England, Amla managed to become the second-fastest batsman to amass 8000 ODI runs after Virat Kohli in the group stage clash against New Zealand at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
Amla holds the record for being the fastest ever to 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000 and 7000 ODI runs but missed out on being the fastest to 8000 by just one innings. Kohli got to the landmark in 175 innings while Amla managed it in 176.
Amla though, wasn’t at his best in the showpiece event and played just 7 matches as a result, scoring 203 runs at an average of 40.60 with two fifties to his name.
He had made his international debut for South Africa in the Test match against India at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in November 2004, scoring 24 and 2 runs.
His last international match was in the World Cup against Sri Lanka in which he managed 80 not out as South Africa won by 9 wickets but bowed out of the tournament in the group stage after a disappointing campaign.