South African batting legend Hasim Amla announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Wednesday. He has also confirmed that he will not be returning to play for English County team Surrey where he had played since 2019 and was an important member of the team that won the County Championship in 2022.
Hasim Amla, 39, had an illustrious career spanning two decades where he accumulated a total of 34,104 runs across all professional formats. He scored 9,282 runs in his 124 test matches from 2004 to 2019, which is second only to Jacques Kallis among South African players. He hit 28 centuries in his test career including a record-breaking 311 not out against England at the Kia Oval in 2012 which was the first triple century for South Africa in Test matches.
Amla has scored 8113 runs, including 27 centuries in 181 One Day Internationals (ODIs) and 1,277 runs in 44 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). Now that he has retired from cricket, he has started a new career as a coach, currently serving as the batting coach for MI Cape Town in the current SA20 league. With the new coaching system in place in South Africa, he may be a potential candidate for the national team’s batting coach.
Amla made history by scoring South Africa’s first triple century in a Test match during the fourth day of the Test match between England and South Africa at The Kia Oval on July 22, 2012.
Amla announced his retirement from international cricket at the end of South Africa’s World Cup campaign in 2019, having played his last Test match at Gqeberha against Sri Lanka that February. After joining Surrey in 2019, he brought his valuable experience to the team and supported the captain, Rory Burns, as a member of the leadership group within the team.
His exceptional skill, determination, and perseverance with the bat were exemplified by his innings of 37 runs from 278 balls at the Ageas Bowl against Hampshire in 2021.
That determined effort earned Surrey an unexpected draw in the County Championship and showcased Amla’s dedication to doing whatever was needed for the team in any situation.
“I have great memories of the Oval ground and to finally leave it as a player fills me with immense gratitude for what has been. A sincere thank you to Alec Stewart and the entire Surrey staff, players and Members for their support. The Surrey ship runs so professionally that it would make any international player feel a sense of honour just to be involved with it. I wish them all the best and many more trophies,” said Hashim Amla.