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Amla Says Goodbye

Hashim Amla quits all forms of international cricket

Hashim Amla on Thursday has announced his retirement from all formats of international cricket, but has made himself available for domestic cricket and would feature in the Mzansi Super League.

Amla hangs up his boots as one of South Africa's greatest batsmen to play the game, having racked up a plethora of records throughout his career including being the only cricketer from his country to score a triple century.

The classy right-handed batsman scored a whopping 9282 runs at an impressive average of 46.64 in 124 Test matches scoring 28 centuries and 41 fifties.

He amassed 8113 runs across 181 ODIs at a staggering average of 49.46 and played his last international game against Sri Lanka in the 2019 World Cup, which saw the Proteas finish seventh on the ten-team table.

Coincidentally, Amla's last innings saw him churn out an unbeaten 80 in a winning cause but his overall tournament campaign was disappointing as he could muster just 203 runs in seven innings and looked rusty.

The 36-year-old, nevertheless, caps off his illustrious career with resounding success in all forms of the game.

A distinct technique characterized by a loopy backlift and an over-reliance on nifty wristwork, Amla was initially drafted into the side as a Test specialist.

His ordinary start in international cricket quickly transformed into an impressive run after he modified his batting style and struck his first century against New Zealand in 2006 - two years since he made his debut.

Thereafter, the journey of Amla's perpetual rise in world cricket began and he frequently dominated red-ball cricket.

The highlight of his Test career came when the fine batting technician earned the man of the series award in his side's win over England away from home in 2012 - the series in which Amla scored his career-best 311 not out.

Subsequently, his batting heroics in Australia the following year allowed him to climb to the summit of the Test rankings for batsmen.

Transition to white-ball cricket

Amla made his one-day international debut four years after he first represented South Africa in the white jersey.

While questions were raised over the longevity of his 'old-fashioned' stroke play in an era of innovative striking, Amla quelled all such notions with tremendous control over classic shot-making and was equally effective in tackling the demands of maintaining a high scoring rate.

A testimony of Amla's sheer supremacy in 50-over contests is the fact he created records for the fastest batsman to 2,000, 3,000, 4,000, 5,000, 6,000 and 7,000 runs in the format.

For a lengthy period of time during his career, Amla averaged over 50 in both Tests and ODIs depicting his astonishing levels of consistency.

Over the past couple of years, his form experienced a sharp dip and his struggles while negotiating quality bowling became more obvious.

Amla scored the last of his 28 centuries in Test cricket in October 2017 and suffered a similar slump in one-day internationals.

Amla also briefly captained South Africa in 14 games in the longest format and saw mixed results.

Although he began his stint as skipper of the Proteas in a sprightly manner, triumphing in the tough conditions in Sri Lanka, a couple of humiliating series defeats abruptly ended his tenure.

He resigned midway through the home series against England in 2015/2016 and handed over the reins to AB de Villiers, despite producing a sublime double century in his last game as the leader of the side.

Known for always sporting a smile and boasting a calm head on his shoulders, Amla was immensely respected by his opponents for acting cordially on the field.

'The fans energized me when times were tough'

"Firstly, all Glory and thanks to the Almighty for granting me this Proteas journey which has been nothing but a joy and privilege," Amla wrote in a statement announcing his retirement.

"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, Mr Thabang Moroe, and his administrative team. I really appreciate all the opportunities and am truly grateful.

"Love and peace," he concluded his letter.

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