Legendary South African batter Hashim Amla has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, bringing curtains down on an illustrious career spanning two decades.
The 39-year-old, who retired from international cricket in 2019, confirmed the development to his English county side Surrey.
“Hashim Amla announces retirement from all forms of cricket. The legendary South African batter has declared his playing career over. From everyone at Surrey, thank you for everything Hash. @amlahash,” Surrey wrote on Twitter.
One of the most prolific batters in South African cricket history, Amla amassed 18,672 runs for the Proteas in 124 Tests, 181 ODIs, and 44 T20Is from 2004-2019.
He has also created several records for his country. Amla became the first and only Proteas* batter to score a triple century in Tests.
His 311 not out against England at The Oval in July 2012 still remains the highest Test score by a South African player.
Born in Durban, he is of Indian descent; his grandfather had migrated to South Africa from Surat, India, in 1927. His elder brother, Ahmed Amla, was also a professional cricketer. Ahmed made his debut two years earlier than Hashim and they played together for a time at the KwaZulu-Natal Dolphins. Amla married Sumaiyah and they have two children.[
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