After a 22-year-long career, Hashim Amla has retired from professional cricket, leaving behind a legacy as one of South Africa’s all-time greatest players. He was an integral part of the team that earned the Test championship mace in 2012, after winning a series in England. He holds the record for the highest individual score by a South African in Test cricket, with his knock of 311 not out at The Oval in London. Amla began his journey in 1999, as a 16-year-old, in a first-class debut for Kwa-Zulu-Natal against the touring England team. It took him five more years to make his Test debut against India in Kolkata.
South African cricket legend Hashim Amla has announced his retirement from the sport after a 22-year career. Amla, who made his debut for South Africa in 2004, is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of the game. He represented South Africa in more than 150 test matches and over 200 one-day internationals. He also played in 44 T20 matches for the national team. During his career, Amla established himself as one of the most consistent and reliable batsmen in the world, scoring over 9,000 test runs at an average of almost 50. He also scored more than 8,000 runs in one-day internationals, and was known for his ability to score runs at a rapid pace.
Amla also holds several records, including the fastest century by a South African in test cricket, and the fastest century by a South African in one-day internationals. He is also the only South African to score a triple century in test cricket. Off the field, Amla was known for his humility and sportsmanship, earning him the respect of his teammates and opponents alike. He was also a devout Muslim, and often used his platform to promote religious tolerance and understanding. Amla’s retirement marks the end of an era for South African cricket, and he will certainly be remembered as one of the greatest cricketers to ever represent the country. His performances on the field and his sportsmanship off the field will be missed, but his legacy will live on.