Simply Blown Away For All The Messages - Dale Steyn

Simply Blown Away For All The Messages – Dale Steyn On Ending 15-Year Test Career

Dale Steyn
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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.

A veteran of 93 Tests, Steyn’s Test career spanned 15 years years, in which he picked up 439 wickets – the most for a Protean. Not just that, he is the eighth-highest wicket-taker in Test history and the fifth-highest amongst pacers after James Anderson (575), Glenn McGrath (563), Courtney Walsh (519) and Stuart Broad (450).

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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.

Dale Steyn
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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 awesome – Dale Steyn

Following the retirement announcement, quite a few messages fell in the name of Dale Steyn on social media. Acknowledging all the wishes, Dale Steyn thanked all the people for their kind message. Further, Dale added that he might write a book as well.

“What a ride. Just a quick thank you to everyone for the kind messages over the last two days. Simply blown away by all the people who have messaged/congratulated me. Thank you,” said Steyn on Instagram.

Dale Steyn, Sachin Tendulkar
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“What does one say when they retire? I don’t really know how to sum up almost 15 years of red ball throwing, to be honest it’s actually impossible to even try. What I can say is that I’ve loved every second of it, from the best to the worst days, it’s been awesome! Maybe I’ll try jot it down in a book one day, so I guess you’ll have to wait till then.”

During his glorious career, he 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.

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However, the 36-year-old continues to be a nationally contracted player for the 2019/2020 season in white-ball cricket. Therefore, he remains available for the national team Proteas in both ODIs and T20Is.