Hashim Amla wasn’t one for many words.
His quiet nature was in sharp contrast to his enormous appetite for runs – all 18 672 of them for the Proteas in international cricket.
But Amla spoke beautifully about what it meant to represent his country for more than a decade as he announced his retirement on Thursday.
“I would like to thank my parents for their prayers, love and support, it is their shadow over me that enabled me to play for years under the Protea sun,” Amla said in a statement.
“Also, my family, friends and agent, my team mates and every member of the support staff throughout this incredible journey. A heartfelt thank you to every one of you!