Dale Steyn, South Africa's No.1 pacer, quits Test cricket
Dale Steyn was the number one bowler for a record 263 weeks in Tests between 2008 and 2014. He says he's quitting Tests to prolong his playing career.
South Africa's great bowler Dale Steyn has said goodbye to Test cricket.
On this occasion, Steyn said, "Today I am moving away from the format of the game that I love so much. In my opinion, Test cricket is the best format of this game. It tests you mentally, physically and emotionally. It is tough to think that I will not be able to play Test anymore, but the idea of never playing again is worse. So I will focus on ODI and T20 and make sure I stay in the game for a long time. "
Dale Steyn has taken the most wickets in Test cricket for South Africa. He made his Test debut against England in 2004 at the Port Elizabeth ground. He played his last Test match against Sri Lanka in February 2019 on the same ground. He had to stay out of the World Cup this time due to injury.
Cricket South Africa's Chief Executive Tabang Moore described Dale Steyn as one of the greatest cricketers of all time, saying, "He is one of the greatest bowlers in the world. He led the South Africa offensive in the best way and was a benchmark for future players." He has been a great guide for our young fast bowlers. "
Dale Steyn, 36, took 439 Test wickets in 93 Tests. He took five or more wickets in an innings 26 times in his career and took 10 or more wickets in a Test match five times. Steyn was the number one bowler for a record 263 weeks in Tests between 2008 and 2014. In 2008, the ICC honored Dale Steyn with the Test Cricketer of the Year Award and in 2013 he was also elected Wisden Cricketer of the Year.
He is in the top ten list of most wicket-taker bowlers in Test cricket. Dale Steyn also batted in the lower order, scoring 1251 runs, including two half-centuries. He struggled with injuries in the final years of his Test career. Due to injury, he did not play in the World Cup that just ended in England. Just before the World Cup, he was injured while playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL.
[Autotranslated from Hindi]