Dale Steyn takes retirement from all cricket formats

Suhaib Ahmed

31st Aug, 2021. 09:58 pm
Dale Steyn takes retirement from all cricket formats

All-time pace great Dale Steyn on Tuesday announced retirement from all formats of cricket with a perfect record and a legacy to boot.

The 38-year-old South African, ending a 17-year career, tweeted regarding his retirement. He played in 93 Tests, 125 ODIs and 47 T20Is and taking 439, 196 and 64 wickets respectively.

He 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 an incredible journey together,”

“‘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’,”

Dale wrote in his retirement letter, mentioning a song from the American rock band Counting Crows to express his emotions.

He added, “It’s been 20 years of training, matches, travel, wins, losses, strapped feat, jet lag, joy, and brotherhood. There are too many memories to tell. To many faces to thank. So I left it to the experts to sum up, my favourite band, the Counting Crows,”

Dale Steyn took retirement from Test cricket in 2019. He was initially included in South Africa’s squad for the 2019 World Cup but he was dropped without playing a match because of his shoulder problem.

He still wanted to play the ICC T20 World Cup last year, before that tournament was postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

However, he played in T20 franchise leagues, including in the Pakistan Super League in March this year.

Though, on Tuesday, he brought his career to an end, quoting lines from ‘A Long December’.

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