The legendary South African pacer Dale Steyn has announced retirement from the Test Cricket on Monday. He has decided to prolong his career, so he made a decision to take leave from the white-ball cricket and will only be available for one-days and T20’s internationals.
Dale Steyn who is considered as one of the fastest bowlers of all times, and couldn’t be a part of World Cup 2019 due to his shoulder injury which sustained during the IPL 2019. He has been with the hamstring injuries since the last couple of years.
Steyn is South Africa’s highest wicket-taker with 439 scalps at an average of just 22.95. He has made his best bowling figures by taking 11 wickets and allowed 60 runs in the Wanderers Test against Pakistan.
India’s Captain Virat Kohli has given a send-off tweet to Steyn for his off from the white-ball cricket. Steyn and Virat were bonded while playing for the Royal Challengers Banglore in the IPL earlier this year. Though he played only two matches due to his shoulder injury, played to his full potent and stunned the opposition. Virat too was surprised and praised him for his awful performance.
Virat has put a wonderful tweet to Steyn. “A true champion of the game. Happy retirement to the pace machine
@DaleSteyn62,” – Virat tweeted.
A true champion of the game.
Happy retirement to the pace machine @DaleSteyn62 🙏🏼💯
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 5, 2019
Talking on the same context, The legendary Sachin Tendulkar says he was the best fast bowler and he loved facing Steyn. He also mentioned that the only other guy who bowled very much like him was James Anderson. Congratulating him on a wonderful career, Sachin said he enjoyed his battle with Steyn.
Jasprit Bumrah had made his Test debut in the 1st Test between South Africa in India in the 2018 series. Dale Steyn played in the same match but had to leave it midway due to an injury.
Bumrah too took to Tweet to Dale Steyn on his retirement and tweeted “You’re a focal point for fast bowlers everywhere. Test cricket will miss you @DaleSteyn62. Congratulations on a great career and good luck for the future. 👍”
You're a focal point for fast bowlers everywhere. Test cricket will miss you @DaleSteyn62. Congratulations on a great career and good luck for the future. 👍
— Jasprit Bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) August 6, 2019