Dale Steyn announces retirement from all formats of cricket, Cricketers react to it

muzzamil mehboobWeb Editor

01st Sep, 2021. 11:13 am
Dayle Steyn announces retirement from all formats of cricket

South African fast bowler and country’s highest Test wicket-taker, Dale Steyn, has announced his retirement from all formats of cricket on Tuesday.

Steyn ended his 20-year long journey in the world of cricket in which he was said to be the country’s best ever fast bowler.

The 38-year old took retirement from test cricket in 2019. However, he continued to play white-ball formats.

During his peak time, he was the master of late away swing with the new ball and reverse swing with the old ball.

“It has been 20 years of training, matches, travel, wins, losses, strapped feet, jet lag, joy and brotherhood. Today I officially retire from the game I love the most. Bittersweet, but grateful,” Steyn wrote in a statement he posted on Twitter.

He took 699 wickets in his international career. He is regarded as one of the best bowlers of his time who had the ability to swing the ball both ways.

He could have added way more wickets to his career, but due to his injuries in his prime time, he was restricted to 11 Tests after 2015.

Steyn took 439 wickets in his Test career. He was also ranked number one for the first six years of his career according to the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) rankings.

The fast bowler took 196 ODI wickets and 64 T20I wickets.

He was the most crucial player for South Africa who rose to number one in the Test rankings in 2012.

Cricketer’s reaction to Steyn’s retirement

Former South African batsman AB de Villiers writes, “Great player, great man, amazing memories! U picker a good song to sign off my bud. Legend forever!”

England fast bowler James Andrson writes, “The best.”

Pakistan veteran batsman Wasim Akram writes, “Bitter sweet” is the right way to sum up a great fast bowler’s career,@DaleSteyn62 . We have witnessed a fierce bowler in you, whose bowling feats will inspire the future generations. Congratulations on a wonderful career buddy and best wishes for whatever you do in future.

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