News By/Courtesy: Sreeja K. Sreedhar | 10 Aug 2019 12:55pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Only South African to score a Test Triple Century.
  • South Africa reached world no.1 ranking in test cricket due to Amla.
  • Fastest batsman to hit 8000 runs in ODIs.

Hashim Amla has called time on his international career. One of South Africa’s greatest batsman and cricketing legend, Amla announced his decision to retire from Interational Cricket with immediate effect.

  A giant of a batsman at his peak, the 36-year-old remains the only South African to score a Test Triple Century and retires after scoring 18,672  international runs for South Africa.

            Amla leaves international cricket after representing South Africa in 349 international games and scoring 18,672 runs including 55 centuries and 88 fifty-plus scores. From making his South Africa debut at the Eden Gardens in 2004, Amla went on to play for the Proteas for 15 long years.

Some of his memorable knocks are:

  • 311* Against England,2012
  • 119* Against Pakistan,2010
  • 123* Against India, 2010
  • 201 Against England,2016
  • 196 Against Australia,2012

The 2012 match against Australia was supposed to be Ricky Ponting;s farewell game; but it is known for  a famous South African Test Victory in Australia. Amla and A B de Villiers hit centuries, Amla scoring 196 and South Africa winning by 309 runs.

South Africa achieved its greatest cricketing heights with Amla.

He was the Man of Series when South Africa beat England  in England and reached the World No 1 ranking in Test Cricket in 2012.

He may not be like Chris Gayle or Andre Russell, but Amla still holds the record of being the fastest batsman to complete 2000,3000,4000,5000,6000 and 7000 ODI international runs.

He is also the fastest player to hit 8000 ODI international runs in terms of the number of innings played.

Amla was South Africa’s record man and the first non-white Captain.

Section Editor: Kaushal B. Shah | 10 Aug 2019 13:07pm IST


Tags : # South Africa# Cricket#Hashim Amla#

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