On January 18, the 39-year-old announced the end of his professional cricket career, capping a storied career spanning more than two decades and including 34,104 runs across forms.
The Cricketer | 19/01/2023 at 10:50 Following the retirement of his former teammate from professional cricket at the age of 39, AB de Villiers wrote a moving obituary for Hashim Amla.
On Wednesday (January 18), Amla announced the end of a career spanning more than 20 years and including 34,104 runs across formats after deciding not to return to Surrey in the coming summer.
He performed in South Africa on 349 occasions, and AB de Villiers was his co-star on 277 of those instances.
Amla and De Villiers were a member of the South Africa team that reigned supreme starting in 2012 (
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“Hashim Amla, where should I begin? Not simple,” he remarked on Twitter. It could take me a few days, weeks, months, or even years.
Literally, I could write a book about you.
“Humaam, I appreciate all of your support. You’ve always been a brother who gave me a lot of reasons to feel secure.
Hashim Amla—where do I even begin? Not simple. My timeframe could be a few days, weeks, months, or even years.
In fact, I could write an entire book about you.
Humaam, I appreciate you being there for me at all times. You’ve always been a brother who gave me a lot of reasons to feel secure.
AB de Villiers tweets as @ABdeVilliers17. 18 January 2023
I so salute you today, my friend. The game was perfectly served by you! Everyone can benefit from that. I did
I hope we could play baseball together once more.
Despite failing to end South Africa’s World Cup drought, Amla and De Villiers excelled in 2012 by assisting the side to the top of the ICC rankings in all three forms of the game.
Amla is a real all-format performer who has scored the third-most runs for South Africa in Tests, one-day internationals, and Twenty20 internationals. Amla also has the sixth-most international hundreds in history with 55.
He is the quickest player to score 2,000, 3,000, 4,000, 5,000, 6,000, and 7,000 runs in ODI cricket.
He successfully adapted his tried-and-true method to the T20 format, averaging 30.83 in 164 games while scoring two hundreds, both in the Indian Premier League.