Dale Steyn retires
Published: 08:21 PM, 31 August 2021 Updated: 08:21 PM, 31 August 2021
Dale Steyn; Photo: Collected
South African fast bowler Dale Steyn has announced retirement from all cricket.
Announced his retirement on social media Twitter on Tuesday, Dale Steyn, “Today I officially retire from the game I love the most.”
Steyn writes, “It’s been 20 years of training, matches, travel, wins, losses, strapped feet, jet lag, joy and brotherhood. There are too many memories to tell. Too many faces to thank. So I left it to the experts to sum up, my favorite band, the Counting Crows.”
The South African fast bowler further wrote, “Today I officially retire from the game I love the most. Bitter sweet but grateful. Thank you to everyone, from family to teammates, journalists to fans, It’s been a incredible journey together.”
Dale Steyn, the highest wicket-taker for South Africa in Test format, made his international debut in a Test against England at home in 2004. He retired from Test cricket in 2019. The seamer played limited overs cricket after saying goodbye to Test cricket. Steyn played the last T20 for South Africa in Johannesburg in 2020.
Dale Steyn has taken 439 wickets in 93 Tests for the country - the highest wicket-taker for South Africa. He has taken 196 wickets in 125 ODIs and 64 wickets in 47 T20s - the highest number of wickets in T20 for the country.
Steyn topped the ICC Test bowling rankings in January 2010. He was the top bowler in the Test rankings for seven years in his career. Besides IPL, Steyn has played in franchise-based leagues in most countries.