South Africa-born cricketer, Dale Steyn has surely had one of the most stunning careers. The way he bowled during his prime time surely left one and many awestruck. For his fast and deadly bowling, he was also called the Steyn gun. He has had an astounding impact on South Africa’s performance in international cricket. A lot of credit for South Africa’s success in the past goes to Dale Steyn. He has not only had an impact in International cricket but has also shined in numerous leagues across the globe. The experience he carried along with his aura was phenomenon. However, as many greats have said “All good things have to end” and so has been the case with Steyn’s career after he announced his complete retirement from all forms of cricket.
Here’s an overview of his career-
Dale Steyn has had an impact all over the globe, from domestic cricket to international cricket to franchise cricket. He has left a mark wherever he has been. His aggressive bowling style had made him a unique talent and a highly valuable asset for which he clearly has played for so many teams.
CAREER AT A GLANNCE-
Dale Steyn has been one of the fastest bowlers and that combined with his ability to swing both ways made him a deadly bowler especially in the test format. During his prime time, batsmen feared facing the Steyn gun.
He has a phenomenal record in test match cricket. Having played 93 test matches for his country clearly shows the ability and fitness that he had. Playing 90+ test matches, performing consistently is one of the hardest jobs, especially for a fast bowler. In his long test career, he has taken 439 wickets, and that too at an economy rate of 3.24 which in itself is a huge accomplishment and is a dream for many.
In the ODI format, he has played a total of 125 matches and taken 196 wickets which is a humongous number and at an average of 25. His aggression was highly talked off and his aggression is what completely worked in his favor throughout. In this format, he has the record of taking the most number of wickets (6) while being on a losing side.
T20Is being the shortest format in international cricket hasn’t been the best for Dale. His preferable formats were tests and ODIs. Even after not playing a lot of T20I matches, he has fared pretty decently taking 64 wickets at an average of 18.35 and a very low and amazing economy of 6.94 throughout his career.
Like every other player, Steyn has gone through highs and lows during his career. He was at his top form in 2008 where he was named the ICC test player of the year becoming the fastest South African till then to reach 100 wickets. He has played a huge role in South Africa’s victories against several international teams. Dale is surely a player to be missed for a long long time but his contribution to cricket will be remembered forever.