As Hashim Amla gets ready to play his 100th Test match in the final game of the three-match series against Sri Lanka on Thursday (January 12), the whole cricketing world is busy paying tribute to one of the finest batsman of this generation.
An epitome of calmness and composure, the elegant right-handed batsman has become the eighth player from South Africa to earn 100 Test caps. Currently going through a rare lean phase, the 33-year-old carved his own place in the history of South Africa cricket when the likes of Jacques Kallis, Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers were ruling the roost. The first Proteas cricketer to notch up a triple century in Tests, he has scored 7665 runs in 99 Tests so far including 25 centuries and 31 half-centuries.
As expected, tributes have been pouring in from all corners to acknowledge the remarkable feat of the South African batting star. Here are some of the best tweets:
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 12, 2017
Congrats @amlahash on a massive milestone. Been a pleasure watching you over the years. Wish you all the best in your 100th test 👍
— Jacques Kallis (@jacqueskallis75) January 12, 2017
Good skill and fortune in your 100th @amlahash ! Pleasure playing with and watching you all these years 👊🏽🇿🇦#100
— mark boucher (@markb46) January 12, 2017
Congratulations to @amlahash on his 💯 test match , leader and role model to us 🎉👏🏾
— Andile Phehlukwayo (@andileluck19) January 12, 2017
Mubarak on your 100th test @amlahash. Thank you for being an inspiration but also thank you for being a great representation of a Muslim
— Simmi Areff (@simmiareff) January 12, 2017
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) January 12, 2017
Here's wishing @amlahash all the best in this his 100th Test match at the Wanderers. What a wonderful player and an even better human being.
— Pat Symcox (@PatSymcox77) January 11, 2017
— IG: Beuran_H13 (@Beuran_H13) January 12, 2017
— Pressan 🐼 🐏 (@Pressan10) January 12, 2017
— Olebile (@LebstaBru) January 12, 2017
Only player who will dare 2walk if he knows he is out even in his 100th test without waiting 4ump decision @amlahash 100tests with dignity
— Prasanna (@prasannalara) January 12, 2017
— Habib Ur Rehman (@Habib_Rehman84) January 12, 2017