The South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn has announced his retirement. The 38-year-old, considered one of the finest bowlers of his generation, announced on social media, calling time on his 18-year professional career.
“Today I officially retire from the game I love most. Bittersweet but graceful,” Steyn wrote on Twitter. “Thank you to everyone, from family to teammates, journalists to fans, it’s been an incredible journey together.”
Dale Steyn, who made his Test debut in 2004 on home soil against England, said: “It’s been 20 years of training, matches, travel, wins, losses, strapped feet, jet lag, joy, and brotherhood. There are too many stories to tell. Too many faces to thank.”
Steyn appeared in 93 Tests for South Africa, taking 439 wickets, and played his last Test against Sri Lanka in 2019 before announcing his retirement from Test cricket in August that year to focus on limited-overs cricket. Steyn was named ICC 2008 Test Cricketer of the Year and Wisden’s Leading Cricketer in the World in 2013 and was No 1 bowler in the ICC Test rankings for a record 263 weeks between 2008 and 2014.
The relatively quick evolution of Dale Steyn from an express bowler to an express world-class bowler mirrors South Africa’s progress from mediocrity to world-beaters. Inspired by the generation of Lees and Akhtars, the shortcomings on pace alone were grasped sooner by him than his contemporaries. With a mixture of skill and swing to combine with pace, he soon climbed to the pinnacle of Test bowling to become one of cricket’s most dangerous strike bowlers.
Not long before on the 6th of August 2019, to concentrate on the limited-overs cricket formate on his 93rd Test match, he expressed many emotional thoughts as he was retiring from one of the most favorite formates of cricket he loved in his whole career.
Mainly in The year 2008, he proved a high watermark, taking 74 wickets for the calendar year – the most by a fast bowler this century – and capping it with a series victory over Australia on their home turf.
Steyn, 38, played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2020 but managed only three matches for average returns. He played the Pakistan Super League in 2021, his last professional commitment as a player.
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Dale Steyn made his debut in 2004 and played 125 ODIs for 196 wickets and 47 T20Is for 64 wickets. Towards the end of his career, he suffered from multiple injuries ranging from heel to shoulder. He made a successful comeback to Tests in 2018-19, but a shoulder injury he sustained during IPL 2019 dashed his hopes of participating in the World Cup that followed.
while announcing retirement he said “it’s been a long December and there’s reason to believe maybe this year will be better than last,” he also added further “I can’t remember all the times I tried to tell myself to hold on to these moments as they pass. It’s been 20 years since training, matches, travel, wins, losses, strapped feet, jetlag, 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.”
Dale Steyn the South African living legend steps down from the thrown of the fastest bowler of a century, and get retired from all cricket formats, in his career of cricket in all formate he took a total of 796 wickets of his opponents’ team including wickets in ODI, Test, IPL, and T20I format and that’s how legend Dale Steyn become fearsome fast bowler of South African team.