Kallis pays rich tribute to Amla
Former Proteas all-rounder and one of the all-time greats, Jacques Kallis paid a rich tribute to Hashim Amla, who called time on his international cricket career earlier this week.
Hashim Amla played as many as 124 Tests, 181 ODIs and 44 T20Is between 2004 and 2019 and a career spanning 15 years. It was a perfect piece of a blockbuster for Amla when he donned South Africa jersey as he can proudly say that he is the only player to have scored 27 ODI centuries for South Africa.
He has scored 9,282 runs in Test cricket, which is the second-most by a Proteas cricketer after Jacques Kallis’ 13,206 runs.
Amla comes third when it comes to country’s third-most runs in ODI cricket. He has scored 8,113 runs after former captain AB de Villiers’ 9,427 and Kallis’ 11,550.
‘Hashim has been and always will be a legend of South African cricket. I wish him well in his retirement,’ former South Africa great Jacques Kallis told The Indian Telegraph.
The experienced Amla will remain available for selection at domestic level tournaments and will spice it up in the 2019 Mzansi Super League.
‘Firstly, all glory and thanks to the Almighty for granting me this Proteas journey which has been nothing but a joy and privilege,’ Hashim Amla who retired from all formats of international cricket said on Thursday.
‘I learned many lessons during this incredible ride, made many friends and most importantly shared in the love of a brotherhood.
‘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 Proteas sun.
‘Also, my family, friends and agent, my teammates and every member of the support staff throughout this incredible journey. A heartfelt thank you to every one of you.
‘The fans for energising 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 chief executive officer Thabang Moroe, and his administrative team. I really appreciate all the opportunities and am truly grateful. Love and peace.’