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Wednesday, January 29, 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.


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.

Dale Steyn not "medically ready" for India T20Is, says CSA

August 14, 2019 9:07 pm

Dale Steyn, who recently retired from Test cricket after an illustrious career, expressed his surprise at not finding his name in the T20I squad on Tuesday.

Dale Steyn 'apologises' to Virat Kohli, takes a dig at SA selectors after T20I snub

August 14, 2019 5:28 pm

Dale Steyn had announced his retirement from Test cricket last week but made himself available for the shorter format.

Kane Williamson posts photo of abdominal guard cracked by Dale Steyn in farewell post

August 08, 2019 8:47 am

Dale Steyn and Kane Williamson are known to get on very well off the field. On the field, however, they are fierce competitors.

A true champion of the game: Virat Kohli's special message to Dale Steyn

August 06, 2019 6:31 pm

Virat Kohli and Dale Steyn have shared the dressing room while playing for their Indian Premier League franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Five of the best: Dale Steyn's spell from hell in Tests

August 06, 2019 2:44 am

Dale Steyn is the only fast bowler to have taken a five-wicket haul against nine Test-playing nations. Finishing with 439 wickets in 93 outings in the longest format of the game, he is also the highest wicket-taker for the Proteas in red-ball cricket.

Dale Steyn retires from Test cricket with immediate effect

August 06, 2019 3:11 am

Dale Steyn announced his retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect on Monday bringing down the curtains on one of the great fast bowling Test careers of the modern era.