Father figure of our team: Tributes pour in for South Africa great Hashim Amla

first_imgFather figure of our team: Tributes pour in for South Africa great Hashim AmlaHashim Amla, who scored over 18,600 runs recording 55 centuries and 88 half-centuries in the process, on Thursday, brought an end to his 15-year-old long stellar career.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiAugust 9, 2019UPDATED: August 9, 2019 12:57 IST Tributes pour in for South Africa great Hashim Amla (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSHashim Amla remains the only South African cricketer to score a triple century in Test cricketAmla scored over 18,600 runs recording 55 centuries and 88 half-centuries in the processHashim Amla respect! No words to describe, said former South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher.Social media has been flooded with tributes for South Africa great Hashim Amla following his announcement of retiring from all formats of the international game.Amla, who scored over 18,600 runs recording 55 centuries and 88 half-centuries in the process, on Thursday, brought an end to his 15-year-old long stellar career.Former Proteas skipper AB de Villiers took to social media and said: “Unreal career Hashim Amla! So many doubted u early on, but your fighting spirit, humility and 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 certainly I’ve ever seen. Congrats on an amazing career.”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/LVxSIdeCoQAB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) August 8, 2019Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar paid tribute to Amla and tweeted: “The great Hashim Amla has surprised the world with his announcement to retire from all forms of cricket, what a legend and what a great human being and great brand ambassador of the game respect to you wish you best of luck.”The great #HashimAmla has surprised the world with his announcement to retire from all forms of cricket, what a legend & what a great human being & great brand ambassador of the game respect to you wish you best of luck ..advertisementShoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) August 8, 2019″First time I played against Hashim Amla was in u-19 World Cup in New Zealand. He showed the glimpse of his class by playing an outstanding inning against us, surely he finished his international career by being one of the greats of South African cricket. Happy retirement brother,” tweeted Irfan Pathan.First time I played against @amlahash was in u-19 World Cup in New Zealand.showed the glimpse of his class by playing an outstanding inning against us,surely he finished his international career by being one of the greats of South African cricket.Happy #retirement brother #amlaIrfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) August 8, 2019Former Proteas skipper Shaun Pollock tweeted: “Congratulations to Hashim Amla on a fantastic international careerwhat an amazing journey it has been since seeing you for the first time in the Kingsmead nets in the late 90’s… well done.”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.. @amlahashShaun Pollock (@7polly7) August 8, 2019Former South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher had only one word to say, but it was more or less an apt summation of the man and his career. “Hashim Amla respect! No words to describe.”@amlahash respect! No words to describe. #Legendmark boucher (@markb46) August 8, 2019Former Australian cricketer Lisa Sthalekar pondered what a South African line-up without two of its all-time greats — Dale Steyn and Hashim Amla — would look like.”Wow two modern greats of the game have now retired first Dale Steyn and now Hashim Amla. Thoroughly enjoyed what they were able to do on the field. Going to take me some time to get use to the new South Africa team!””One of the greats of the modern era. Congratulations, Hashim Amla on a fantastic career, wish you the best in retirement,” wrote former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif.One of the greats of the modern era. Congratulations, Hashim Amla on a fantastic career, wish you the best in retirement @amlahash ! pic.twitter.com/sgNvCVazBhMohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) August 8, 2019″The mighty Hashim Amla The Father figure of our team. So much wisdom, so much humility, always a smile on ur face and has been the rock of the batting line up for as long as I can remember. Well done on ur legendary career bud. THANK YOU !!! We definitely gonna miss you,” wrote current captain of the South African national team Faf du Plessis.The mighty # @amlahash … The Father figure of our team. So much wisdom , so much humility , always a smile on ur face and has been the rock of the batting line up for as long as I can remember. Well done on ur legendary career bud. THANK YOU !!! We definitely gonna miss you pic.twitter.com/ILwp12URERFaf Du Plessis (@faf1307) August 9, 2019Amla remains the only South African cricketer to score a triple century in Test cricket. In 124 Tests, Amla scored 9,282 runs at 46.41 with 28 centuries and 41 fifties.advertisementHis ODI career was equally successful as he was ranked among the best batsmen in the format, holding the South African record of 27 tons. He was also the quickest to 2,000, 3,000, 4,000, 5,000, 6,000 and 7,000 ODI runs. In 181 ODIs, Amla collected 8,113 runs at 49.46 with 27 hundreds and 39 half-centuries.He also climbed to the top of the ICC rankings in both Tests and ODIs.Read more | South Africa great Hashim Amla announces retirement from international cricketAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Hashim AmlaFollow AmlaFollow South AfricaFollow Proteas batsmanlast_img read more

Amid EritreanEthiopian tension UN Security Council envoy continues mission

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