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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Dale Steyn

Dale Steyn made his debut for South Africa against England in 2004 alongwith Ab De Villiers. Steyn's debut was not an eventful one and he had to wait for nearly a year to get another opportunity. Steyn took 16 wickets that series against New Zealand, but it was only when he faced them the next year, in the 2007-08 summer, that he announced himself as one of the fierce fast men. It was then that he sent Craig Cumming to intensive care when one of his short balls crashed on the Kiwi's face. The wickets started flowing and in 2008, he became the fastest South African at the time, and the 15th fastest overall, to reach 100 Test wickets. That September, Steyn was named ICC Test Player of the Year after taking 86 wickets in 14 matches at an average of 18.10. He was part of the South African side that beat England and Australia for the first time away from home since readmission, and then proved he could do it on the subcontinent. He went on to rake up 300 Test wickets, only the fourth South African to reach the milestone. But South Africa's failure in the 2015 World Cup proved to be something that Steyn couldn't recover from. He returned in December to play against England but a shoulder injury cut short that summer. In the 2015-16 season, Steyn missed six of South Africa's eight Tests and all their ODIs. He recovered for the World T20 but only played two of the four matches.


Amidst lockdown, Dale Steyn reveals three-attempted break-ins at his home

June 11, 2020 7:55 pm

Dale Steyn had announced his retirement from Tests last year to focus on limited overs cricket. He took 439 wickets in 93 Tests at 22.95.

Sachin Tendulkar was out in his 190s but umpire wanted to 'make it back to hotel': Dale Steyn

May 19, 2020 12:36 am

Dale Steyn jokes that umpire Ian Gould did not give Sachin Tendulkar out when he was in his 190s - minutes before he scored the first 200 in ODI cricket - because Gould did not want to antagonize the home crowd.

Pity everything is blocked off: Dale Steyn on coronavirus impact on sports

March 19, 2020 2:25 pm

Despite the panic all around, Steyn said he has avoided stockpiling essentials like many others as it's unfair to do so in a crisis.

WATCH: Steve Smith booed by South Africa fans for hitting a boundary off dead ball

February 22, 2020 6:51 pm

Despite the umpire signalling Dale Steyn's delivery a dead ball, Steve Smith danced down the track and hit it straight over the bowler's head for a boundary in the first T20I against South Africa.

Dale Steyn returns to South Africa T20 squad for England series

February 08, 2020 2:58 pm

The experienced Steyn has not played for South Africa since March 2019 but has fully recovered from a shoulder injury.

Dale Steyn calls on Google to change 'false' information on Wikipedia

February 05, 2020 10:45 am

His tweet sparked an immediate response on the social media platform. While several users pointed out that Google has nothing to do with Wikipedia, another section reminded him that anyone is free to edit on the page.

Dale Steyn charts international comeback with T20 World Cup 'on agenda'

January 14, 2020 2:39 pm

"The old guys still seem to do the trick – AB (de Villiers) was there, Imran Tahir was taking wickets, I was up in the wickets. Maybe we will get the nod, maybe we don't," said Dale Steyn.

Indian pace bowling unit best in world, says Dale Steyn

December 21, 2019 7:26 pm

Having performed well in the Mzansi Super League in South Africa, Dale Steyn will be expected to play a big part for RCB in IPL 2020.

Dale Steyn joins Melbourne Stars for Big Bash League

October 08, 2019 9:43 pm

Dale Steyn, South Africa's highest wicket-taker in Test cricket with 439 scalps, had retired last month from the longest format. He is still part of South Africa's scheme of things in limited over cricket.

Allan Donald to Shaun Pollock: Five most-successful South African bowlers in India

September 18, 2019 3:25 pm

Kagiso Rabada is the only bowler who makes into the top-five of this list who is on the current side. Rabada has 10 wickets from ODIs on Indian soil already.