Cape Town - Proteas batsman Hashim Amla announced his retirement from all international cricket on Thursday, bringing a close to one of cricket's greatest batsman of the modern era.
It's the second major retirement blow to the Proteas this week, following Dale Steyn's retirement from Test cricket.
Amla hit 9 282 runs at an average of 46.64 in 124 Test matches and 8 113 at 49.46 in 181 one-day internationals.
He hit 28 centuries in Tests and 27 in ODIs. His Test tally included four double centuries.
Here's how Twitter reacted to his 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
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.You truly brought a whole nation together... Thank you for everything @amlahash #Legend #SilentWarrior ?????? pic.twitter.com/qd8mNR4OD8— Tabraiz Shamsi (@shamsi90) 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
“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
I’ve always believed a top PERSON will also generally make a top CRICKETER - and yes of course that person also needs PROPER skills and ability... Well @amlahash no doubt was both in abundance - a GREAT human being & GREAT cricketer ?????? Go well “#” #Hash #amla ?????????? pic.twitter.com/JUNSqM1uYE— Dave Nosworthy (@DONCRICKET) August 8, 2019
Thank you Hash ???????????? @amlahash— Beuran Hendricks (@Beuran_H13) August 8, 2019
Morals, respect, hard work, dedication , family man , team player , faith are the stats I will remember and tell kids about forever ???? One of the very best to play this beautiful game ?? The silent WARRIOR @amlahash - love you bro ???? look forward to that chai ??you’re making ??— Robin John Peterson (@robbie13flair) August 8, 2019
The Peaceful Warrior!!! Congratulations on serving our country with distinction and humility young man. An absolute giant of the game and more importantly a fantastic role model for generations to come. Enjoy… https://t.co/6zf5McxzCc— Ashwell Prince (@ashyp_5) August 8, 2019