Dale Steyn Challenged Batsman To Play Their A-Game – Sachin Tendulkar
Dale Steyn has always been the perfect example and a role model for many fast bowlers across the globe. He always bowled with a mix of aggression and passion, which has always been a pleasure to watch for the spectators across the globe. However, he called curtains on his Test career following shoulder Injury. Meanwhile, Sachin Tendulkar pays his tribute to the fast bowler.
Steyn, 36, made his Test debut in 2004 for the Proteas and went on to become the highest wicket-taker for his country in the longest format with 439 wickets from 93 matches at an average of 22.95 including 26 five-wicket hauls and 5 10-wicket hauls. Among all the bowlers who have taken 200 wickets of more, Steyn had the best strike rate at 42.3.
Steyn’s average of 22.95 is the tenth-highest among the 133 pacers in Test cricket who have played at least 40 Tests and picked 100 wickets. On the other hand, among the top-10 wicket-takers, his average is third-best, only behind Glenn McGrath (21.64) and Muttiah Muralitharan (22.72).
It’s been a joy to watch you, Dale Steyn – Sachin Tendulkar
Tweeting for Dale Steyn, the legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar, who played Dale Steyn when he was on top of his game, quoted that the fast bowler has always challenged the batsman to play their top game, whenever they face him. Further, he showered words of praise on his charismatic game.
”Wishing you all the very best for the future @DaleSteyn62. You always challenged batsmen to bring their A-game to the ground. It’s been a joy to watch you bowl and play against you.”
Wishing you all the very best for the future @DaleSteyn62. You always challenged batsmen to bring their A-game to the ground.
It’s been a joy to watch you bowl and play against you. pic.twitter.com/CndQbGsOU4
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 6, 2019
The 36-year-old, who had made his debut on December 2004, played a pivotal role in South Africa’s historic Test series win in Australia in 2008-09 where he had picked up 10 wickets and scored a fifty at MCG. However, his performance at Wanderers against Pakistan in 2013 was his best ever finishing with 11 wickets for just 60 runs.
Steyn bagged 161 wickets in the time frame, ending as the best pacer on overseas conditions and second-best bowler after Saeed Ajmal (178 wickets). His average of 23.44 and strike rate of 43.8 was the best during that period.
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