Dale Steyn has now become the most successful bowler for South Africa with 422 Test wickets, overtaking Shaun Pollock as they play Pakistan in the first of the three-match series at Centurion on Wednesday. Steyn had opener Fakhar Zaman out caught in the slips for 12 by Dean Elgar to achieve the milestone.
The 35-year old was felicitated at Lunch on Day 1. Going into the Boxing Day Test, Steyn had said on Tuesday, “I’m just looking forward to getting out there. I’ve been answering that question about that record for about two years now so we’ve passed that.”
“I have got a lot of wickets in me than just one more. I haven’t saved myself to take one more wicket than Polly. There is a bigger goal at the end of the day. It’ll be a beautiful thing to happen to me if it does. These honours are great things to achieve and I’ll be highly honoured. But when I do, I’ll get back to the end of my mark and try and take another one. That’s the plan,” EspnCricinfo quoted him as saying.
Dale Steyn, we salute you! What a man, what a player. Fitting that “Simply the best” is playing at Supersport Park, where everything started! Congrats legend @DaleSteyn62
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 26, 2018
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 26, 2018
— Shaun Pollock (@7polly7) December 26, 2018
— mark boucher (@markb46) 26 December 2018
— Graeme Smith (@GraemeSmith49) 26 December 2018
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) 26 December 2018
Didn’t waste much time getting to 422 test poles this morning. @7polly7 will be proud there’s no doubt. I asked @DaleSteyn62 if he would love 500 test wickets and he said..Not sure if my body would allow it? Well you look fit, strong and motivated pal so let’s do this👊 pic.twitter.com/3PQnesb8Ov
— Allan Donald (@AllanDonald33) 26 December 2018
The 35-year old has played just six Tests in the last three years due to injury. Talking about his return from the injury, the 35-year-old seamer said, “Many people don’t know the seriousness of that injury. You can’t just pick yourself up and start going again.”
“But it was wonderful to have that break. I got a lot closer with my family, something a lot of us struggle with because we’re on the road for so long. I was able to build great relationships with people who are close to me. And travel while I’m still young and come back really excited to play cricket at the highest level. I feel like I’m 23,” he added.
Steyn, meanwhile, sits at No. 11 on the list of all-time wicket-takers in Test cricket with New Zealand’s Richard Hadlee ahead of him on 10th with 431 wickets.