Dayle Steyn played in the era in which fast bowlers ruled. Test matches in the last decade were very different from now. The scores were below 400, batters’ average below 40, and the matches were finished in four days.
A number of variables may have contributed to this, including the rising popularity of T20 cricket, which has resulted in batters’ technique errors, but the quality of fast bowling remains the most significant.
Steyn was one of the crop’s leading lights, tormenting batters all over the world and, more often than not, removing circumstances from the equation.
Steyn was one of the best fast bowlers to ever play the game, with an athlete-like run-up, a clean approach to the bowling crease, and a motion that provided a natural out-swing. The fact that he was equally adept with the old ball, frequently reversing it, made things even more difficult for the batters.
The Proteas’ former pacer had an average of 22.95 in 93 Tests. This made him the biggest match-winner. However, injuries restricted his career, else he could have joined the likes of James Anderson, Glenn McGrath, Stuart Broad, and Courtney Walsh in the 500-club.
He has also proven that he is also good on social media.
When a fan replied to Steyn’s tweet, suggesting that India’s Jasprit Bumrah is a better fast bowler than him, Steyn’s funny side came to the fore once more.
Steyn came up with an out-of-this-world reply: “I’m sure he is, I’m retired.”
Steyn represented South Africa in 93 Tests, 125 ODIs and 47 T20Is and took 700 international wickets. He announced his retirement in August last year.
The speedster also played for Deccan Chargers, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL.