The red ball magician with the ability to swing the ball both ways made him lethal for any world-class batting order has finally announced his retirement from international cricket. The scintillating bowler goes by the name Dale Steyn, often known as ‘Steyn Gun’.
The sheer determination and skills have all made Dale Steyn one of the most feared fast bowlers in the history of cricket. Once Dale beat Rohit Sharma’s bat 15 times in a row, the event is still remembered by cricketing fans across the world. Dale was such a bowler that was capable of swinging the ball both ways and bowled perfect bouncers with pace that made him such a destructive bowler.
Dale made the announcement from a note
On 31 August, the 38-year old took on Twitter to announce his retirement from all formats of the game. Dale shared a note that said, “ “And it’s been a long December and there’s reason to believe. Maybe this year will be better than the last. 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 of training, matches, travel, people 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,”
Adding further in the note, Dale said “ Today I officially retire from the game I love the most. Bittersweet but grateful. Thank you to everyone, from family to teammates, journalists to fans, it’s been an incredible journey together.”
Dale Steyn grew up in Phalaborwa, in South Africa’s northern-most province. In his childhood, Dale was obsessed with skateboarding. When Dale moved to a bigger city, Pretoria, where he started to take cricket seriously and in no time he was considered a serious prospect for the game.
Dale is among the very few players who got the chance to play for the nation in very little time. He just played seven first-class matches before he was selected for the national team. He made his debut against England in 2004 and surprisingly it was the debut match for AB de Villiers also. And who thought that the duo will change the landscape of South African Cricket in such a way that no one imagined. The stellar performances by Dale in 2007-08 (74 wickets at a strike rate of 20.01 in 2008) announced him as one of the fierce fast men with great skills.
A scintillating career in numbers
493 wickets in 93 test matches, Dale Steyn has the most number of Test wickets for South Africa with a strike rate of 42.2, this means a wicket in every seven over. The subcontinental pitches are flat and dry where every pacer struggles to take a wicket, but Dale turned it all. Dale Steyn’s 92 wickets in Asia are the most for any overseas bowler in the entire history of Cricket.
Such was his domination in the flat tracks that he created magic out of the dry pitches and destroyed teams at his will just like the Nagpur test. He took 10 wickets in a single match that was heartbreaking for Indian fans. Dale’s 10/108, was his best figure in Asia.
Dale struggled in the short format (T20s), but still, Steyn is South Africa’s most successful T20 bowler as he has the second-best death-bowling economy rate in the world. Of the 34 bowlers who have delivered at least 200 balls between overs 17 and 20 in T20Is, Steyn’s economy of 7.27 is second only after Bumrah’s 7.23.
Dale Steyn was a true master of his work and the cricketing world will always miss Dale’s fierce inswingers & outswingers, terrifying bouncers, and toe-crushing deliveries as he bids adieu to all formats of the game.