Hashim Amla: South African cricketer Hashim Amla retires from international cricket

Hashim Amla: Hashim Amla is the only South African cricketer to score a triple century in a Test match.

Created On: Aug 9, 2019 15:16 IST
Hashim Amla retires from International cricket
Hashim Amla retires from International cricket

Hashim Amla: Hashim Amla announced his retirement from all formats of international cricket on August 8, 2019. The South African cricketer has hit 55 centuries in 349 matches across all cricketing formats in his 15-year cricketing career. Amla said that he will continue to play domestic cricket.

Hashim Amla has made more than 18000 runs in his international career, which includes 55 centuries and 88 above fifty scores. Amla’s retirement announcement comes just a few days after another South African cricketer Dale Steyn announced his retirement from Test cricket.

While making his retirement announcement, Amla thanked all the fans for energising him when times were tough and celebrating with him during success.

Hashim Amla Records

Hashim Amla is the only South African cricketer to score a triple century in a Test match and holds the record of highest test score by a South African with 311 runs not out in a test match against England at the Oval in London in 2012.

Hashim Amla also holds the record of highest test runs by a South African against India, England and the West Indies. He also has the highest test score against Australia in the post-unity period.

Hashim Amla was also ranked among the best batsmen in ODIs for a long period with an average above 50 and a strike rate of 100.

Amla currently holds the record of being the fastest batsman ever to reach 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000 and 7000 runs in ODI. Hashim Amla scored 1,000 runs in both Test and ODIs in the same year (2010).

Amla and Faf du Plessis hold the record for the highest ODI partnership for any wicket by South Africa with 247 runs against Ireland at the 2015 Cricket World Cup in March 2015. Amla made his career-best ODI score of 159 runs in that match.

Amla along with AB de Villiers also holds the record of the highest fourth-wicket partnership for South Africa in a Test match with 308 runs against the West Indies.

Amla and Dwayne Bravo had also set the highest fifth-wicket partnership in Twenty20 cricket by making 150 runs.

In 2017, Amla and Quinton de Kock set the highest ODI partnership for any wicket for South Africa and the highest score (282) in an ODI without any loss of wickets in a match against Bangladesh.  

Hashim Amla Centuries

Hashim Amla made 28 centuries and four double centuries in Tests and 27 centuries in ODIs. He is the fastest cricketer to complete 10, 15, 20 and 25 ODI centuries.

In January 2018, Hashim Amla became the fastest cricketer to reach 27 centuries in ODI cricket, breaking Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s record. While Virat Kohli had reached the milestone in 169 innings, Amla reached it in 167 innings.

Hashim Amla is also the first South African batsman to score 25 centuries in ODIs and the fourth cricketer in the world to score 25 centuries in both Tests and ODIs.

Hashim Amla is also the fourth cricketer in the world to have scored ODI centuries against all Test-playing nations.

Hashim Amla: Cricket History and Background

Hashim Amla is a right-handed South African batsman and an occasional off-break bowler. He was the first South African of Indian descent to represent South Africa in international cricket.

Hashim Amla made his test debut against India in November 2004, ODI debut against Bangladesh in March 2008 and T20 debut against Australia in January 2009.

Amla served as the captain of South Africa’s Test team from June 2014 to January 2016.

Overall, Hashim Amla scored 9,282 runs in 124 Test matches, 8,113 runs in 181 ODIs and 1,277 runs in 44 T20Is.

Amla played his last test match in February 2019 against Sri Lanka, his last ODI match in June 2019 against Sri Lanka and last T20 in August 2018 against Sri Lanka.

Amla announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket on August 8, 2019. He, however, said that he would be available for domestic cricket and the second edition of

He, however, said that he would remain available for domestic cricket as well as the second edition of South Africa’s Mzansi Super League Twenty20 competition, which will begin in November.

Hashim Amla batting statistics: Total matches played, runs and centuries





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