End of an era: Dale Steyn bids adieu to all forms of cricket !!
The era has ended finally. Dale Steyn has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. The predator with searching eyes with an intimidating sprint to the crease, that classical front on action and unleashing the deadly outswinger at pace of 145 plus was a sight for Gods.
Injuries have troubled him since 2015, His last 4 years in test cricket was a constant struggle with injuries till he quit the 5-day game in 2019. However, injury issues made him struggle for the remainder of his career and in the last couple of seasons, he had started to lose his zip though he was still trying his best to perform in the T20 leagues. End of an era: Dale Steyn bids adieu to all forms of cricket !!
Steyn made his test debut in 2004 and his ODI debut in 2005. It was not until 2006 that he began to dictate terms in test cricket. In 93 tests Steyn took 439 test wickets, the highest by any South African to date at an average of 22.95 and an astonishing strike rate of 42 balls per wicket !! . In 125 ODIs he took 196 wickets at 26 average and below 5 economy. 47 T20Is he took 64 wickets at below 7 economies. Steyn played for many teams in IPL from Deccan Chargers to RCB , SRH , Gujarat Lions etc and took 97 wickets in 95 IPL matches with an economy of below 7. In the last 2-3 seasons he was a globe trotter playing franchise cricket all over the globe.
One of the biggest accolades for Dale Steyn was that he was the ICC number one fast bowler in tests for 2343 days which was an astounding achievement.
Steyn averaged 21 at home and 24 away in test cricket and performed with distinction overseas maintaining a strike rate of 43.
There are currently 35 bowlers have taken 300+ Test wickets. No one among them has a better strike-rate than Dale Steyn (42.3). That’s a wicket after every 7 overs.
Steyn was particularly successful in India with 26 wickets in 6 tests and his 7/51 at Nagpur was his finest bowling figures. It was a lesson of how one needs to bowl quick and use his skills in Indian conditions and the true cricket fans must have archived it in their video storages
Dale Steyn’s retirement statement is as under :
“And it’s been a long December and there’s reason to believe maybe this year will be better than 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 since training, matches, travel, wins, losses, strapped feet, jetlag, 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 favourite band, the Counting Crows. Today I officially retire from the game I love the most. Bitter sweet but grateful. Thank you everyone, from family to teammates, journalists to fans, it’s been an incredible journey together.”
Lots of reactions have flowed from his contemporaries which shows the respect he had amongst his peers . He was a genius with the ball and definitely an all time great across eras.
Let us look at some of the Twitter reactions of some of the greatest cricketers against whom Steyn had contested . Also includes a video of his signature outswinger.