The 38 years old veteran South African fast bowler Dale Steyn announced his retirement from all three formats of international cricket. On 31 August 2021 Tuesday via his tweet, he announced his retirement. He is one of the elite bowlers of his generation who graced the game of cricket with his speed, swing abilities.
South African veteran started his cricketing career at the age of 20 in the domestic leagues of his country. The cricketing journey of the 38 years old Pacers is mixed up because of several injuries during his career He got dropped several times due to his injuries but even with his injury he made several records and took numerous wickets.
From three formats of cricket, he makes several records in his name specially in Test cricket. In Test format, he is in the list of the top ten highest wicket-taker in the history of test cricket with 439 wickets in just 93 test matches. Moreover, Thank you Dale Steyn for making us entertain with your bowling talents and techniques and wishing you good luck for your second innings.
Some of his international cricket records
1. Fastest to reach 400 wickets in Test format
The veteran South African gun pacer Dale Steyn holds a record of fastest Pacer to reach 400 wickets in Test format. He is one of the speediest bowlers in cricket so, due to his speed and versatility, he takes the fastest 400 wickets along with New Zealand’s bowler Richard Hadlee. Steyn achieves this milestone while playing against Bangladesh in the year 2015 July. Therefore, he only took 80 innings and 16,634 balls to reach the 400 wickets mark.
2. Highest strike rate in ODI of South Africa
Steyn also holds a good record in white-ball crickets after the red-ball cricket. He was the South African main lead bowler many times in his career. During his 14 years ODI career, he took numerous numbers of wickets with an impressive bowling strike rate. So, he is the third South African bowler with 150 plus wickets to have a 31.9 strike rate after Morne Morkel (31) and Allan Donald (31.4).
3. Best Bowling Economy in T20 Cricket
The T20 cricket is especially known for several big boundaries because batsman uses their power-hitting ability. So, it is very tough for the bowlers as they get less time to try their different varieties of deliveries. And to maintain their bowling economy in the t20 format is difficult. After that, there are only a few bowlers in the world that are availed to keep their bowling economy below 7 marks. Therefore, Dale Steyn is in the top five list of the best bowling economy in t20 cricket. He is in the fifth position with a 6.94 bowling economy after Jasprit Bumrah, Bilal Khan, Boyd Rankin and Bhubaneswar Kumar.
4. Highest number of Test wickets for South Africa
Another record from his remarkable career in all three formats of cricket. He is the highest number of test wicket-taker in the history of South Africa test cricket. The 38 years old pacer took around 439 wickets during his 14 years of test career. So, he is the top test wicket-taker for South Africa and followed by Shaun Pollock, Makhaya Ntini, Allan Donald and Morne Morkel.
5. Most number of wickets by Pacers in test cricket history
He is not only the number one test wicket, taker for South Africa. Therefore, he is also in the top five highest number of test wicket-takers in the history of test matches. In his 93 test matches for his national side, he avails to take 439 wickets so, he is in the fifth position for the most number of wicket-taker in test history. And he comes after James Anderson, Glenn McGrath, Courtney Walsh and Stuart Board.
6. The most number of ICC test teams of the year
Another key figure from his remarkable test career of Dale Steyn. As for most times, he was named for the ICC test teams of the year. His ability to take a huge number of wickets makes him achieve this mark. And becomes No one by beating great cricketers like Kumar Sangakkara, Jacques Kallis, Stuart Board and Alastair Cook. He was therefore named 8 times as the ICC Test Team of the year and he is the second bowler with Stuart Board to stand in the top five list.
7. ICC Test bowling ranking
The Veteran South African pacers Dale Steyn also top the ranking of ICC Test bowling for the most number of times. Due to his successful test career, he becomes 5 times ICC Test bowling ranking in his 14 years test cricket journey. Therefore, he was followed by Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan, McGrath, Ashwin, etc.
A glimpse of Dale Steyn’s International career
38 years old South African fast bowler started his international cricketing career in 2004 by making his debut against England. Steyn got his first maiden test wicket during the first innings against England. Therefore, in his first test series against the English side, he took in a total of 8 wickets, so he started his first international test series with a good nod.
But due to his bad problem in his last test series, he was a drop from the team. And after 1 year he came back stronger against Blackcaps (New Zealand). During his first match against New Zealand, he shows his talent and Versatility by taking five wickets in a single match and he completed his series with successful innings by taking in a total of 16 wickets.
His most successful test cricket years is between 2008 to 2014 where he made several test records and took numerous wickets. Therefore, in his 14 years of test cricket career, he achieves awards like ICC Test player of the year, ICC Test Team of the year for seven consecutive years which is an impressive achievement in his career, ICC Test Team of the decade for 10 consecutive years that’s a huge number.
Moreover, in the year 2019 the Gun pacer Dale Steyn took retirement from test cricket after playing against Sri Lanka. Steyn played around 93 matches for South Africa in which he avails to take 439 wickets with a bowling average of 22.95.
Steyn made his T20 debut in the year 2007 against New Zealand. During his match against New Zealand, he took his first wicket of Scott Styris. Therefore, he showed his best first performance in the match against West Indies. During the match he took 4 wickets by giving only 9 runs in his 3 overs spell.
So, during his 11 years of T20 career, Dale Steyn played around 47 matches for his national side. In his 47 matches, he avails to take 64 wickets with a bowling average of 18.35
The veteran started his ODI career in 2005 against Asia XI. But in 2006 he made his office one day International debut in the match against Australia. During his series in VB, he was dropped from the squad because he didn’t perform well. And after more than 1 year he was again picked by his national side South Africa in 2007. After his 6 years from the one-day international debut, his best performance comes in the 2011 World Cup campaign. During the campaign, he makes his best bowling figures by taking 5 wickets in his 10 overs spell.
Dale Steyn is more of a Test format player than Short formats like ODI and T20. However, in his 125 matches for South Africa, he took around 196 wickets with a bowling average of 25.95.