In the last week, there have been quite a few retirements. However, none have been smaller than the ones of South African greats Dale Steyn and Hashim Amla. Steyn who is 8th on the list of most wickets in Test cricket bid adieu to the longest format of the game. However, he will play white-ball cricket and prolong his career.
On the other hand, Amla has called time on his career in all three formats of the game. The 36-year-old South African will continue to play domestic cricket and will also feature in the Mzansi Super League (MSL) later this year. His international career lasted for almost 15 years and it has been a decorated one.
Amla made his Test debut back in November 2004. But it took him over three years to make his white-ball debut. It was only in March 2008 that he made his ODI debut. However, since then, he was almost peerless in every format. He scored runs consistently in all conditions and all across the globe. He scored 9282 runs in Test cricket while he amassed 8113 runs in ODI cricket.
In fact, Amla was a pretty underrated white-ball batsman. He averaged almost 50 and was the fastest to 2000, 3,000, 4,000, 5,000, 6,000 and 7,000 runs in 50-over cricket. He is also one of the only five batsmen who have more than 25 centuries in both Tests and ODIs. Moreover, he had an average of 33.60 and a strike-rate of 132.05 while aggregating 1277 runs in T20Is.
Moreover, he was one of the calmest and nicest cricketers in the modern era. Hence, wishes poured in from all around the world as Amla retired from international cricket. The great Sachin Tendulkar didn’t miss out either. The Indian legend tweeted a picture of Amla and wished him well. He wrote, “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.”
Tendulkar sent out the tweet a couple of days ago. Amla replied to his tweet and said thanked the former Indian great for his wishes. Amla also termed being on the same field as Tendulkar was special.
Thank you @sachin_rt paaji. Being on the same field as you was special. ❤️
— hashim amla (@amlahash) August 11, 2019
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