South African batsman Hashim Amla, on Thursday, announced his retirement from international cricket, bringing down the curtains to an illustrious 15-year career.

Making his debut in 2004 against India, Amla scored 9282 runs in 124 Tests and 8113 runs in 181 ODIs. In 2012, the 36-year-old became the first South African to score a triple century in Tests, when he scored 311 against England at The Oval.

He was named the South African Cricketer of the Year in 2010 and again in 2013. "It is always sad to bid farewell to one of the true legends of the game," commented Cricket South Africa (CSA) Chief Executive Thabang Moroe.

"I am sure cricket players, administrators, the media and fans from around the world will join the CSA Family in congratulating Hashim on a job well done and to wish him all the best for the future.”

"We can indeed be grateful that he remains available for our domestic cricket and will continue to contribute by passing on his rich cricket and life experiences to our next generation of players," concluded Moroe.

Following the announcement, Twitter has been flooded with well wishes for arguably one of the best batsmen the sport has ever witnessed, and this is how they are reacting to it:

The cricket field will surely miss you, Legend!

Feature image courtesy: AFP / Saeed Khan