Mushfiqur Rahim Reacts After Dale Steyn Becomes South Africa’s Leading Test Wicket-Taker
Dale Styen, on Wednesday, became South Africa’s leading wicket-taker in Test cricket, after claiming his 422nd wicket in Centurion. He went past former South Africa skipper Shaun Pollock whose record of 421 wickets had stood for over 10 years. Steyn achieved the record on day one of the ongoing first Test against Pakistan in Centurion.
Dale Steyn broke Pollock’s long-standing record when he dismissed Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman. The right-arm pacer is now tenth on the list of all-time Test wicket-takers. Pollock had retired with 421 wickets from 108 games. On the other hand, Styen took only 88 games to get past the legendary allrounder.
Pollock, who was commentating during the game was quick to congratulate Steyn.
“The fact that he is the best Test fast bowler that South Africa has produced doesn’t require my endorsement, as his stats and record tell you that,” Pollock said. “He’s fully deserving of holding the record for most Test wickets and I hope that he goes on to take many more and continues winning games for the Proteas.
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) December 26, 2018
Dale Steyn had breached the 400-wicket mark way back in 2015 and had finished the year with 416 wickets. However, a spate of injuries in the last couple of years did not let him play as much as he would have wanted. As of now, only Steyn (422) and England’s long-serving pacers Jimmy Anderson (565) and Stuart Broad (433) have taken more than 400 Test wickets.
Meanwhile, tributes flowed in from all corners and Bangladesh star Mushfiqur Rahim also did his bit. The wicketkeeper-batsman took to Twitter to congratulate Steyn, writing:
“Congratulations legend …my all time favourite bowler ?”
Congratulations legend …my all time favourite bowler 👍 pic.twitter.com/vxtuxuCgCD
— Mushfiqur Rahim (@mushfiqur15) December 27, 2018
Steyn, meanwhile, could not take any more wicket in the innings as fellow pacer Duanne Olivier claimed a Test-best 6-37 to bowl the tourists out for 181 in just 47 overs.
In response, South Africa reached 127-5 at the close, with Temba Bavuma (38 not out) and Steyn, who was unbeaten on 13, at the crease.
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