ICC Hall of Famer Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar heaped praises on South African opener Hashim Amla after the latter announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket on 8 August. The 36-year-old batsman brought the curtains down on his glorious 15-year-old international career during which he hit 55 centuries in 349 matches across all formats.
Sachin Tendulkar took to Twitter to wish luck to Amla and applauded his service to the country with great distinction. He said that Amla was a source of inspiration for many youngsters. Read Sachin's tweet here:
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.
Amla captained South Africa in 14 Test matches between 2014 and 2015/16 but seldom appeared entirely comfortable in the role.
His captaincy career started promisingly with three series wins, including one in Sri Lanka, but after a difficult tour of India in which South Africa lost three of four Tests, he resigned as captain midway through a home series against England when South Africa were 1-0 down after two matches.
Amla said he would remain available for domestic cricket as well as the second edition of the Mzansi Super League Twenty20 competition, which is due to start in November.