Hashim Amla thanks fans, hints he was underused as a bowler

South Africa’s Hashim Amla announced his retirement from international cricket earlier this month drawing curtains on what was a illustrious career and the outpouring of well-wishers on social media for the SA opener was tremendous.

Roughly two weeks in to his retirement, the 36-year-old took to Instagram to thank his fans and in a rather brilliant manner also reminded his fans that he was underused as a bowler. In a series of photo accompanying his message, Amla specifically referred to the final image of post – him bowling in a Test – with the hastags #underused and #hiddenpotential. ALSO READ: Amla made the right call, now South Africa will struggle: Graeme Pollock


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Amla stated that it was an amazing journey with the Proteas and is richer for the friends and teammates who have become family to him.

“Thanks to everyone for the wishes, messages and calls. Wow! It was truly an amazing journey with the Proteas, one that I was honored to be a part of. So many valuable lessons learnt and countless memories made during an incredible #proteafire journey. Its all the friends and teammates who have actually become family that i walk away richer for. Aww man..probably a bookload of stories and memories. Until then I look forward to the next chapter of making more cricket memories on different grounds throughout the world,” Amla wrote in his post. ALSO READ: You brought a whole nation together: Tributes pour in after Hashim Amla retires from international cricket

And then further added. Ps- regarding the last Pic…#underused #hiddenpotential.

While Amla goes out with 18623 international runs, making him one of the greatest batsmen to have played for South Africa, with the ball the Durban-born bowled a grand total of 54 deliveries in 5 innings out of his 124 Tests, going wicketless.

Overall, Amla has one wicket to his name, in a first-class match with figures of of 1/10.