After South African stalwart Hashim Amla announced retirement from all forms of cricket on Wednesday, legendary batter AB de Villiers penned a beautiful note for his friend and former batting partner.
“Hashim Amla.. where do I start?! Not easy. Might take me a few days, weeks, months, years,” wrote de Villiers on Twitter hours after Amla broke the news.
“I can literally write a book about you.”
Thanking him for always being around and treating him like a brother, de Villiers wrote, “Humaam, thank you for always being there for me. You’ve always been a brother who made me feel safe in so many ways.”
Hashim Amla.. where do I start?! Not easy. Might take me a few days, weeks, months, years.
I can literally write a book about you.
Humaam, thank you for always being there for me. You’ve always been a brother who made me feel safe in so many ways.
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) January 18, 2023
Hashim Amla had retired from cricket after helping Surrey to the English county championship last year.
The 39-year-old had already retired from international cricket after the World Cup in 2019.
Amla scored 18,672 runs for the Proteas across the three formats from 2004-2019 and is South Africa’s second highest Test run scorer of all time behind Jacques Kallis. This included 28 tons and a career best of 31* against England in 2012 at the Kia Oval, which was also South Africa’s first triple-century in Tests.
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