South African fast bowler Dale Steyn retired from all forms of cricket on Tuesday, 31st August. The 38 years old took Twitter to announce his retirement- “I am officially retire from the game I love the most. Bittersweet but grateful”.
At the age of 21, young Steyn made his test debut for South Africa. At that time, the soul only had a hunger for playing cricket, as he hailed from a poor family of Phalaborwa. His start was not that good but sending Marcus Trescothick’s stump for a walk was the only positive. A career that was full of ups and downs, not because of his ability but due to injuries. Although with his pace, accuracy, and swing, Steyn ended his career as the highest wicket-taker of South Africa, 429 wickets in 93 matches.
Steyn proved himself in the limited over format also but it’s not as great as his Test career. In 125 ODIs, the Proteas fire scalped 196 wickets.
When it comes to T20I cricket, Steyn has been decent there too with 64 wickets in 47 matches.
Steyn has proved that one only needs dedication, hard work, and passion to take wickets in any given conditions. He has taken a fifer against all test-playing nations.
The right-hand pacer bid adieu to Test cricket in 2019 only in purpose to focus on limited over cricket. But fate had other plans for him. His shoulder injury which he sustained during the South Africa tour of Australia in 2016 led him to hang his boots from all forms of cricket. His last international appearance was against Australia in 2020 (T20I).
Steyn has been seen in the various post-match analysis shows after his last appearance in professional cricket, he played for Kandy Tuskers in the 2020 Lanka Premier League.
Career In Numbers