Amla, 36, said he was retiring from all international cricket after a 15-year career during which he hit 55 centuries in 349 matches across all formats. He followed record-breaking fast bowler Steyn who on Monday said he was retiring from Test cricket.
As the star batsman brought the curtains down on his career, the cricketing fraternity took to thank the South African opener and congratulate him on his glorious international career and for his extraordinary display of batting and skill.
South African commentator Mpumelelo Mbangwa called Amla's bat a magic wand and said that it was a pleasure watching him play.
Former South African skipper AB DeVilliers termed Amla's career as 'unreal' and said that he witnessed the opener fight against all odds to emerge as one of the best players for South Africa. DeVilliers took to Instagram to bid an emotional farewell to his former teammate. See the post below:
Cricket South Africa chief TF Moroe said that it was an occasion to celebrate the pride that Amla had brought to the game both on and off the field.
Indian commentator and analyst Harsha Bhogle conveyed his wishes to Amla and said that he was one of the best cricketers he had seen. He said that the world looks up to the 'Might Hash'. Read Bhogle's tweet below:
Former Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar was surprised with Amla's decision to retire and termed the opener as a legend. He referred to Amla as an ambassador of the game and a great human being. Read Shoaib Akhtar's tweet below:
Amla's Indian Premier League (IPL) side Kings XI Punjab bid farewell to the world-class opener and acknowledged the star batsman for being invincible during his peak. They wished success to the 'humble human being'. Read the tweet below: