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Hashim Amla’s retirement from international cricket was one that took the world of cricket by surprise. At the age of 36, the South African batsman still had the capability and skills to continue to soldier on for his country, but true to his selfless nature with a view to allowing newer talent to emerge, the Proteas’ second-highest Test run scorer with 9,282 runs in 124 matches, decided to call it a day in August of this year. Also Read - Babar Azam Overtakes Hashim Amla, Virat Kohli to Become Fastest to Score 14 ODI Centuries
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His distinguished career saw him become the first non-white Test captain in the 2014-2016 period and in his typical understated style which he made his very own during his time in international cricket, the South African batsman and first permanent non-white Test captain refused to delve in his own personal milestones when asked about the highlights of his career stating, “I think being involved by and large in a winning side like South Africa was a real privilege and I am really grateful to The Almighty for that opportunity. To be playing for a side that won so many times was indeed a nice feeling. During my career, I had the chance to play with players of the caliber of Jacques Kallis and Graeme Smith who really are colossal figures in cricket’s history. So, to play alongside such distinguished names was a highlight of my career and then to play with and against cricketers of my generation such as Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Morne Morkel was special as well. To play along such players and watch theirs and my careers progress though the good and tough times is something I will cherish forever and those are the memories that will stand out for me,” he added.
The world of cricket seemed to have come to terms with the advent of Twenty20 cricket after initial reservations but not many could have imagined a format shorter than the twenty-over version could also arrive at the scene which is exactly what happened with the establishment of the T10 league in the UAE. Now in its third year, the shortest format of the game seems to be gaining some supporters with Amla being one of them.
“This is my first experience of the T10 format and I have found it to be quite an exciting style of cricket. It presents a stern challenge for both batsmen and bowlers where the skill-sets are pretty similar to those required in Twenty20 cricket. There is rhythm to this sort of cricket which you as a player need to get into and just like in the Twenty20 format, one player or one over can change the complexion of the game. In my conversations with some of the spectators, I was told that so much can happen in a quick period of time that they don’t want to miss even one ball. This may well be true for every cricket game but in T10 there are so few balls to play with, so the importance of every delivery just goes up in value. In my side, Karnataka Tuskers, we’ve had a great and seasoned coach in Tom Moody here at the T10 and a number of inexperienced and young players. I feel that leagues such as the T10 League can help younger players grow quicker than they would playing regular domestic cricket. Instead of waiting a long time to get a chance to play international cricket, they are now exposed to top-level players from around the world and that is great for their skill set.”