Dale Steyn, the South African fast bowler, was arguably the greatest fast bowler his country has ever produced. He used to terrorize the batsmen with his raw pace and his potential to move the ball around. He was also consistent in his line and lengths and hardly allowed the batters to get under his skins. Batters around the globe would be breathing a sigh of relief as Steyn has retired from Tests.
He finished with a whopping 439 wickets in 93 Tests along with 26 five-wicket hauls and five 10-wicket hauls. Steyn, during bidding goodbye, said that he wishes to prolong his T20I and ODI career and understands the importance of keep playing the game of cricket. The speedster was a tad disappointed while leaving red-ball cricket, which he hailed as the best format in cricket.
Steyn’s last appearance in Tests was in Port Elizabeth versus Sri Lanka. Over the last few years, his career has been marred by frequent injuries owing to which he hasn’t featured regularly in the national team. Earlier this year, he played for the Virat Kohli-led RCB franchise in the 2019 edition of the IPL. Unfortunately, he injured his shoulder and was ruled out of the rest of the tournament.
Michael Vaughan congratulates Dale Steyn
To rub salt to wounds, he couldn’t represent his country in the 2019 World Cup and the Proteas missed him badly. After his retirement, the cricketing fraternity wished him on the auspicious career. Michael Vaughan, the former England cricketer, also congratulated Steyn on a great career. However, he also jokingly asked Steyn to return all of his stumps now that he has retired.
In five Tests, Steyn dismissed Vaughan three times, out of which two were ‘bowled’. In fact, in his debut Test itself, Steyn rattled Vaughan’s woodwork. The off-stump went for a toss and it left the batter absolutely surprised. It was during the second innings of the game when the batsman was on 15. 2008 saw the second instance when Steyn castled Vaughan at the Lord’s.
In the meantime, Vaughan took to Twitter and wrote, “Great career @DaleSteyn62.. Can I have back all my off stumps now, please !!
Here is Michael Vaughan’s tweet
Great career @DaleSteyn62 .. Can I have back all my off stumps now please !! 👍👍
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 6, 2019
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