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Hashim Amla, South Africa’s batting behemoth, takes his last bow

Hashim Amla announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket on Thursday. Having made his Test debut in 2004, Amla bows out as the first South African to have scored a triple ton and also as his country's second-highest Test run-getter, only after Jacques Kallis.

Hashim Amla has called time on his international career after a 15-year stint as the batting bulwark of the South Africa team. (PTI Photo)

Over the course of his 15-year career, Amla has broken many batting records, but is also known to have been one of the nicest persons on the cricket field. (Reuters)

Amla made his Test debut in 2004. He was not an instant success. It was in April 2006 that he announced himself with a 149 vs New Zealand. (AP)

Hashim Amla was the South Africa Test captain between 2014 and 2016. (PTI)

Hashim Amla was the first South African to score a triple hundred in Test cricket. He bows out as his country's second highest Test run-getter, only behind Jacques Kallis. (File)

Hashim Amla slammed his maiden T20 century in 2017 for Kings XI Punjab. (IPLT20)

Hashim Amla took just 151 innings to reach 7000 runs and thereby broke Virat Kohli's record (who reached 7000 runs in 166 innings) in 2017. (File)

Hashim Amla did not have a good time at the 2019 World Cup. However, he scored an unbeaten 80 runs in his last match vs Sri Lanka. (Reuters)