It is the end of an era.
Hashim Amla, affectionately referred to for much of his career as “The Mighty Hash” has announced his retirement from International Cricket, with immediate effect.
Amla retires with a multitude of records under his belt. He is the quickest player to reach 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000 & 7000 ODI runs. Not bad for a player termed a “Test specialist”.
He is the only South African cricketer to score a triple century. Who could forget that outrageously impressive tour to the UK in 2012 when he scored that 311* in front of a London crowd?
He is also the player with the highest Test score for South Africa against the West Indies, India & England.
To top it all off, he has the most ODI centuries by a South African – 27.
Aside from his on-field heroics, it was his off-field manner which won hearts. He was termed the “Silent Warrior” by many for his calm nature and gentle attitude.
His ability to bat on difficult wickets and in challenging match situations was an asset. His 253* against India in Nagpur is a standout performance. It was as monumentally brilliant as you could imagine. His powers of concentration were out of this world.
Throughout his 15-year career, Amla showed how International Cricket could be played, without bravado and attitude, but instead with peace and humility.
What he did for South African Cricket went above and beyond what any of us could ever have hoped for.
He leaves the international stage as one of South Africa’s greatest ever batsmen.
I cannot imagine watching another Test match or ODI without Amla in the team. My heart is broken.
Thank you Amla, for everything you stood for, everything you did and everything you are.
It was truly an honour.