In a heartfelt announcement, South African cricket star Hashim Amla has recently retired from all forms of international cricket, leaving behind an illustrious career that has made him one of the finest cricketers of all time. Amla’s retirement came after the conclusion of South Africa’s World Cup campaign in 2019, following his final Test match against Sri Lanka earlier that year. Despite the twilight of his career, Amla continued to make significant contributions to the game, displaying his mastery as an opener and providing invaluable support to his teammates.
Amla’s Test Career
Hashim Amla made his debut in Test cricket for South Africa in 2004, facing India at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Over the course of his career, he represented his country in 215 Test innings, accumulating a staggering total of 9,282 runs. Amla’s exceptional batting prowess was evident in his 28 centuries, including four double centuries, and 41 half-centuries. His highest score of 311 runs came against England in 2012, showcasing his ability to dominate the opposition and leave an indelible mark on the game.
Amla’s ODI Journey
Amla’s journey in One Day Internationals (ODIs) began with his debut against Bangladesh. In 178 ODI innings, he amassed a total of 8,113 runs, solidifying his place as one of South Africa’s most prolific batsmen. Amla’s consistency was exemplified by his 27 centuries and 39 half-centuries in the format. Among his notable performances was his highest score of 159 runs against Ireland in 2015, where he demonstrated his ability to excel under pressure and deliver match-winning innings.
While Amla’s focus primarily lay in the longer formats of the game, he also made valuable contributions in Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). Representing South Africa in 44 T20I matches, he scored 1,277 runs, displaying his adaptability and versatility across different formats. Amla’s elegant stroke play and ability to score quickly made him a valuable asset to the national team in T20I encounters.
Coaching and Domestic Stints
Following his retirement, Amla embarked on a coaching career, initially serving as the batting coach for MI Cape Town in the ongoing SA20 tournament. With his vast experience and deep understanding of the game, he is a strong contender for the position of South Africa’s batting coach under the country’s new coaching structure. Additionally, Amla rejoined Surrey in 2019, having previously represented the county as an overseas player in 2013 and 2014. Throughout his career, he also played for other esteemed teams such as Derbyshire, Hampshire, Nottinghamshire, and Essex. Amla’s contributions extended beyond international and county cricket, as he also represented Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and various teams in South Africa’s domestic competitions.
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