Twitter calls for Hashim Amla to retire from the highest level
He bagged a golden duck in the first innings of the second Test.
Updated - Feb 21, 2019 4:47 pm
South Africa were dented with a blow as they lost the opening Test against Sri Lanka by one run courtesy of Kusal Perera’s superlative knock of 153. The match also didn’t pan out well for Hashim Amla, the 35-year-old Natal-born batsman. He has been awfully out of form over the last few weeks and run-making has turned out to be a mountain climb for the experienced campaigner.
He did reasonably in the three-match Test series against Pakistan but hasn’t been able to do well against the Lankans, captained by Dimuth Karunaratne, by any stretch of the imagination. In the first game at the Kingsmead in Durban, the right-hander could only notch 17 runs. In the first innings, Suranga Lakmal accounted for his prized scalp after he scored three.
Left-arm pacer Vishwa Fernando nipped him out in the second innings for 16. The second and final Test of the series is currently underway at the St George’s Park in Port Elizabeth and the veteran Amla has flattered to deceive yet another time, sparking talks, surrounding his retirement from international cricket. The Proteas won the toss and had no hesitation to bat first.
Amla succumbs to another failure
Fernando removed opener Dean Elgar for six following which Amla took guard. In seamer-friendly conditions, he was expected to bail the hosts out of jail. However, to South Africa’s dismay, he couldn’t deliver and fell for a golden duck as the Proteas lost their second wicket in the sixth over. The speedster churned out a full-length delivery and Amla had absolutely no clue about it.
The ball swung back sharply and beat Amla all ends up. The leather, therefore, crashed into the stumps, leaving Hashim dejected. Quite expectantly, Twitterati isn’t happy with the batter’s performance and the users on the social media platform have called for his retirement.
Here is how Twiter showed its frustration
— Dumisani Ndumo (@DOOMMY10) February 21, 2019
Worrying sign for South Africa in World Cup. Hashim Amla has lost his glorious days. Please give him a rest from the Tests. There are a lot of young players to come like VdDussen and Rudi Second! @OfficialCSA #SAvSL
— Jafran (@jafranfz) February 21, 2019
It's time for the selection panel to make the decision on Hashim Amla @OfficialCSA
— Melikhaya Gadeni (@Anothando123) February 21, 2019
Hashim Amla should retire from test cricket
— ravish jha (@ravishjhaame) February 21, 2019
— mmolefekat (@mmolefekat) February 21, 2019
— Salubrian (@Salubrian2) February 21, 2019
Theunis de Bruyn has to wait for Hashim Amla when the latter wants to start playing with his grandchildren.
— Rágnár Ván Töndérsön (@Slipcatch) February 21, 2019
Time to say good bye to hashim Amla after wc he is now averaging 46 from 52
— Junaid Akhtar (@Its_JunaidAkh) February 21, 2019
Since his 100 Oct against Bangladesh in October 2017, Hashim Amla has averaged just 26.88 from 28 inning.
Meanwhile Hamza scored 41 on debut, his only Test, and averages 50 in First Class cricket and is scoring 100s for fun there.#proteas #SAvSL
— C. S. Chiwanza (@CSChiwanza) February 21, 2019
The last time Hashim Amla scored a 💯 was in 2017 against Bangladesh.
— Obakeng Van Dyk (@ObakengvanDyk) February 21, 2019
What a poor year Hashim Amla is having 🙁
— Badri (@hippiecryte) February 21, 2019
Hashim Amla has lost his touch during the past seasons of cricket, he is slowing us down. #SAvSL
— REO (@riochomoney) February 21, 2019
Dean Elgar and Hashim Amla are really costing us, they get picked for the experience they bring but fail to deliver.
— Go Nyewe (@RreBagre) February 21, 2019
Hashim Amla in Tests last 25 months (Excluding 2 Home Tests vs Ban)
1154 runs from 42 innings @ Ave 29
Those 22 Tests without Century 😱,
Before 25 months, he Averages 52 in Tests
— Merin Kumar ™ (@merin_kumar) February 21, 2019
Is the ‘Golden Age’ of Hashim Amla nearing it’s finale? 😭 #SAvSL
— Hussain Dewan (@HussainD1) February 21, 2019