Amla bids farewell to cricket with an emotional statement
The legend of the game Hashim Amla has announced his retirement from all formats of the game on Thursday.
South Africa’s golden era is coming to an end as after AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn, the dynamic batsman Hashim Amla has also now announced his retirement from all formats of the game.
Amla, who became the first-ever South African to score 300 in Test cricket has decided to call it a day. In a career spanning 349 international games, Amla aggregated 18,672 runs including 55 centuries and 88 other scores in excess of 50 and he also remains as the quickest batsman in the world to reach the landmarks of 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000 and 7000 ODI runs.
Amla’s farewell statement:
“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. Love and peace.”
Amla will continue to be available for domestic cricket as well as the Mzansi Super League, but the legend of the game will not be seen in the International arena ever again.