As Hashim Amla brought down the curtains on his 15-year-old glorious international career, tributes started to pour in from the cricketing fraternity, praising the opener and applauding the inspiration he created for the youth of South Africa. Former Proteas skipper AB DeVilliers bid an emotional farewell to his former teammate and said that he had seen Amla struggle his way to the top and establish himself as one of the best batsmen in the world.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) took to Twitter to post a picture of four South African legends including Hashim Amla, former South African skipper Graeme Smith, former South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis and recently retired speedster Dale Steyn and captioned it with a heartbreak emoji. The photo belonged to the iconoic era when the Proteas established themselves as a strong Test side and the squad consisted of established Test players that terrorized the opposition.
Here's the photo posted by the ICC:
Netizens took to question the absence of AB DeVilliers in the picture posted by ICC. Many fans took to point out that the missing ABD completed the 'Fantastic Five' combo of the Proteas side. Here are some of the reactions from the netizens:
One fan dubbed the group of Proteas as the fantastic four.
Initially regarded as a Test specialist, Amla only made his one-day international debut in 2008 but soon proved that classic stroke play, mainly as an opening batsman, was as effective as power-hitting in the limited-overs game.
When he was at the peak of his career, between 2010 and 2016, he had an average of above 50 in both Tests and one-day internationals, while maintaining a scoring strike rate of better than 90 runs per 100 balls in one-day games.
In recent years, though, Amla's form dropped off and he struggled at the recent World Cup in England and Wales. His last Test century was in October 2017 and he made only two one-day international hundreds after that date.