Tuesday, 19 October 2021

South Africa pacer Dale Steyn retired from all forms of cricket

South Africa pacer Dale Steyn retired from all forms of cricket

South Africa's pace legend, Dale Steyn, announced the retirement from all cricket on Tuesday, 31 August. He featured in 93 Tests with 439 wickets, 125 ODIs with 196 wickets, and 47 T20Is with 64 wickets. Steyn had already retired from Tests cricket in August 2019 to prolong his career after several injuries.

Steyn made the ODI debut for Africa XI against Asia XI in 2005 at Centurion in South Africa. His best figure was 6 for 39 - came in Port Elizabeth against Pakistan in 2013 as the pacer tormented batters in limited-overs and Tests cricket.

In 2007, Steyn made their T20I debut against black caps. In the second game against West Indies, He registered a career-best figure of 3-0-9-4. Steyn's last ODI was against Sri Lanka in 2019, while T20I against Australia in February last year to be his final international match.

"And it's been December, and there's reason to believe maybe this year will be better than last year,"

Steyn said in his statement. "I can't remember all times I tried to tell myself to hold onto these great moments as they will be passing.

"It's been 20 years since matches, training, travel, losses, wins, strapped feet, joy, brotherhood, and jetlag. There are many memories to share: many faces and people to thank. So I left it to experts, to sum up, my favorite Counting Crows band.

"Today I officially retire from the game of cricket I love the most. Bittersweet but grateful. Thank you everyone, from family to my teammates, fans to journalists, it's been incredible journey altogether."

Steyn enjoyed successful ran in franchises cricket as well and featured for

Deccan Chargers
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Brisbane Heat
Sunrisers Hyderabad
Gujarat Lions,
Jamaica Tallawahs
Cape Town Knight Riders
Cape Town Blitz
Glasgow Giants
Melbourne Stars
Islamabad United
Kandy Tuskers
Quetta Gladiator

After making himself unavailable for 2021 IPL, where he stressed he wasn't retiring, Steyn last featured in the PSL in March this year.

Steyn had been laid low by a spate of injuries.

In 2015, he injured his shoulder in Durban Test versus England and was ruled out of the rest.

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