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Proteas legend Hashim Amla retires from all cricket matches

Referred to as one of the most talented and South Africa’s greatest batters of all time, Hashim Amla, has called time on his professional cricket career at the age of 39.Amla announced his retirement from the professional game, saying he has great and fond memories of his career and his former teammates are now showering…

Referred to as one of the most talented and South Africa’s greatest batters of all time, Hashim Amla, has called time on his professional cricket career at the age of 39.Amla announced his retirement from the professional game, saying he has great and fond memories of his career and his former teammates are now showering him.

The Proteas legend retired from international cricket in 2019 after South Africa’s World Cup campaign came to an end but continued playing cricket on the county circuit in England.He signed for Surrey in 2019 and was a vital member of the side that won the County Championship in 2022.Looking at his decorated career, the bearded batter delivered fantastic displays in a 15-year career with the Proteas.

he is known for hitting 9,282 runs and 28 hundreds in 124 Test matches, making him the second-highest South African run scorer in the format.Furthermore, he still holds the record for the highest individual score by a South African after he became the country’s first triple-centurion against England in 2012 at The Oval – the ground that would later become his home with Surrey.“I have great memories of the Oval ground and to finally leave it as a player fills me with immense gratitude for what has been,”

he said.“A sincere thank you to Alec Stewart and the entire Surrey staff, players, and Members for their support. The Surrey ship runs so professionally that it would make any international player feel a sense of honour just to be involved with. I wish them all the best and many more trophies.”Often regarded as a Test specialist owing to his remarkable patience and long innings in the middle, Amla defied expectations when he thrived in limited overs matches.Hashim Amla.. where do I start?! Not easy.

Might take me a few days, weeks, months, years. I can literally write a book about you. Humaam, thank you for always being there for me. You’ve always been a brother who made me feel safe in so many ways.— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) January 18, 2023 He made 8,113 runs and 27 hundreds in 181 One-Day Internationals where he formed arguably the most devastating opening partnership in the world with Quinton de Kock.As he focuses on the future, Amla is currently involved in the inaugural SA20 season where he is acting as a batting coach for the MI Cape Town franchise.

“Hashim Amla… where do I start? Not easy. Might take me a few days, weeks, months, or years. I can literally write a book about you,” tweeted former Proteas skipper AB de Villiers.“In your own unique way, you just walked out there, time and time again, and just batted, like only you can. Calm, composed, consistent, gutsy, skillful, and humble, always for your team, for your country. You inspired me in a way I can’t explain.

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