South Africa star Hashim Amla announced his retirement from international cricket on Thursday, bringing a close to one of the greatest batsmen of the modern era.
He will continue to be available for domestic cricket as well as the Mzansi Super League (MSL).
Amla’s retirement is the second major blow to the Proteas this week, following Dale Steyn’s retirement from Test cricket.
The 36-year-old amassed 9,282 runs at an average of 46.64 in 124 Test matches and 8,113 at 49.46 in 181 ODIs.
He slammed 28 centuries in Tests and 27 in ODIs. His Test tally included four double centuries.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Hashim Amla’s retirement:
Unreal career @amlahash ! So many doubted u early on, but your fighting spirit, humility & incredible one of a kind talent took u to the top of the mountain and ultimately to one of the best players in the world and… https://t.co/LVxSIdeCoQ
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) August 8, 2019
You have served your country with great distinction and been a source of inspiration for many youngsters @amlahash! Wishing you a wonderful retired life. Good luck my friend. pic.twitter.com/U7OeLwWFtk
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 9, 2019
— Sir Vivian Richards (@ivivianrichards) August 9, 2019
The mighty # @amlahash … The Father figure of our team. So much wisdom , so much humility , always a smile on ur face and has been the rock of the batting line up for as long as I can remember. Well done on ur legendary career bud. THANK YOU !!! We definitely gonna miss you pic.twitter.com/ILwp12URER
— Faf Du Plessis (@faf1307) August 9, 2019
There arent enough words to describe your contributions… to the team.. to me… and to the country as a whole!
A person we could always look to for advice and wisdom.
— Tabraiz Shamsi (@shamsi90) August 8, 2019
The great #HashimAmla has surprised the world with his announcement to retire from all forms of cricket, what a legend & what a great human being & great brand ambassador of the game respect to you wish you best of luck ..
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) August 8, 2019
I see hash has decided to declare for good.mentally strong and great all round batsman. Congrats on a wonderful career # 👏👏 @amlahash
— Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) August 8, 2019
Congratulations @amlahash for brilliant career..always enjoyed the battle with you in the ground while bowling to you ..wish you lots of happiness going forward.. Great man may god bless you 🙏 pic.twitter.com/OW3lHaKpHj
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) August 8, 2019
A brother , guide and a well wisher to every one in proteas dressing room will be missed.Jazakallah for all the help and love @amlahash let allah bless you for everything you intend to do in future #Legend
— Imran Tahir (@ImranTahirSA) August 8, 2019
Thank you for blessing the cricket field legend – @amlahash. You are a role model both in an out of the ground. I wish the very best to you for your second innings. #Legend #Respect #RiseAndRise pic.twitter.com/v0sf3zvMFV
— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) August 8, 2019
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) August 8, 2019
“Being humble means recognizing that we are not on earth to see how important we can become, but to see how much difference we can make in the lives of others” You certainly have…One of the greats of the game has retired @amlahash We salute you you 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 pic.twitter.com/SMTOwCCa8q
— Paul Adams (@PaulAdams39) August 8, 2019
Congratulations to Hashim Amla on a fantastic international career..what an amazing journey it has been since seeing you for the first time in the Kingsmead nets in the late 90’s… well done..respect..🏏👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 @amlahash
— Shaun Pollock (@7polly7) August 8, 2019
— Mpumelelo Mbangwa (@mmbangwa) August 8, 2019
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) August 8, 2019
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) August 9, 2019