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Amla’s retirement is the second major retirement blow to the Proteas this week, following Dale Steyn’s retirement from Test cricket. @ AFP

South Africa batsman Hashim Amla on Thursday announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket, thus bringing a close to one of cricket’s greatest batsman of the modern era. Amla, who made his international Test debut for South Africa way back in 2004 against India at Kolkata, signs off with 9,282 runs at an average of 46.64 in 124 Test matches and 8,113 at 49.46 in 181 one-day internationals.

Amla’s retirement is the second major retirement blow to the Proteas this week, following Dale Steyn‘s retirement from Test cricket.

Following his announcement, a host of South African cricketers paid tributes to one of the greatest batsmen from the African nation. Former captain AB de Villiers led the messages on Instagram.

“Unreal career @amlahash! So many doubted u early on, but your fighting spirit, humility & incredible one of a kind talent took u to the top of the mountain and ultimately to one of the best players in the world and certainly I’ve ever seen. Congrats on an amazing career, Humaam,” he wrote.

Here are a few others who penned tributes for Amla.