Amla retires from international cricket
In what comes as disheartening news to cricket fans worldwide, South Africa’s Hashim Amla has announced his decision to retire from all formats of international cricket.
The entire cricket fraternity is confused as to why such a good cricketer has called curtains on his international career now as the fans expected him to contribute some more cricket.
Hashim Amla has been one of the integral parts of South Africa cricket history. He has by far been the greatest opener for his team. His teammates will surely miss his services badly after his departure.
South Africa missed AB de Villiers and now Hashim Amla. It is really sad to know that South African cricket is missing some pretty good cricketers from their team.
Amla has been will continue to be available for domestic cricket including the Mzansi Super League. Amla is a classic gentleman of the game and everybody knows that.
He is not just a great player but also a great role model. He plays the game in the right way and in fact, he is one of the under-rated cricketers in ODI history.
He has enjoyed 15 years playing for his across three formats of the game during which time he carved out a reputation for himself as a modern-day great.
He has also been the fastest batsman to reach the landmarks of 2 000, 3 000, 4 000, 5 000, 6 000 and 7 000 runs in the ODI format. He also holds the country record of 27 ODI centuries.
In 124 Tests, he has scored 9,282 runs which is the most by any South African player (past or present), at an average of 46.64.
Amla has been statistically very good in ODIs as he averages just under 50 across 178 innings as he went past the milestone of 8,000 runs during the World Cup 2019 tournament.
Amla was quite impressive in the T20 stage as well, scoring as many as 1,277 runs in 44 matches at an average of 33.60.
He has previously featured for Kings XI Punjab in the lucrative Indian Premier League and then for Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League and for Durham Heat in the Mzansi Super League.