Not many will remember the short spell that South African batsman Hashim Amla had with Nottinghamshire in 2010, but those fans who got to watch the elegant free scoring star from Durban play at Trent Bridge, will fondly reminisce on some unforgettable performances as the counties temporary overseas star.
Today, Amla announces his retirement from the game of cricket aged 39 having played 124 tests with an average of 46.64 and having scored over 9,000 runs for his country and almost 19,000 across all list A matches.
His one day record is equally as good with over 8,000 scored in 181 ODI matches at an average of 49.46, Amla will be fondly remembered as one of the greatest cricketers to have ever lived, and as he takes retirement, we take time to reflect on the early summer in Notts, when regular overseas star David Hussey was taking part in the IPL and Twenty20 World Cup.
Amla, signed for just seven weeks as cover in Nottinghamshire having previously played for Essex the year before following his test debut much earlier, in 2004.
Debuting at the start of the season, he scored 86 from 128 balls as Notts played Durham University in a friendly before grabbing a ton on his County Championship debut for Notts, against Kent at Trent Bridge.
Amla’s 126 helping the side win their first match of the season with a 58 and 64 against Somerset helping the county to another win and a 100% start to the season from two games played.
After opening the batting in the clubs CB40 games against Leicestershire (which they lost) and Hampshire (which they won), Amla scored a disappointing 5 followed by a decent 54 in another four day win, against a side he would later represent, in 2018.
On his final outing at Trent Bridge for the white and green of Notts, Amla struck 67 as the home team thrashed Durham by an innings and 62 runs to go four from four ahead of eventually winning the league that year, although Amla would feature in just those four games, his contribution to Nottinghamshire’s County Championship success will always be remembered by the staff and supporters of the side, who were there to witness the South African’s exceptional talent.
Amla said of his time at Notts “I remember we had a very successful team and we won the competition. I remember I was around for the first four or five games and I had a great time.
“They were a great bunch of guys, the players and coaching staff were wonderful and I had a wonderful time. We were winning and playing a really positive brand of cricket and I enjoyed it very much.
“I was fortunate that I managed to get some runs during the time that I was there. I made some good friends in Nottingham and I believe Trent Bridge is a lovely place to play cricket.”
*Main image @TrentBridge Hashim Amla in his days whilst batting for Nottinghamshire.