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Cricket fraternity reacts as Dale Steyn bids adieu to international cricket

Steyn took to Twitter to make the announcement

Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn ( Image Credit: Twitter)

Steyn gun won’t fire anymore as the South African veteran has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. Having made his debut in 2004, Steyn established himself as one of the best pacers to have ever played the game. The legend dominated the best batters from different era’s and thumped his authority in world cricket.

A smooth action, with an ability to swing the ball both ways, and at pace helped Steyn pick heaps of wickets in his international career. Having played for 17 years, Steyn has a staggering record against his name. The veteran played 93 Tests for South Africa and accounted for 439 wickets at an average of 22.95 and a strike rate of 42.3. Steyn hung his boots from Test cricket in 2019 but was keen to play limited-overs games.

South Africa lifting the T20 World Cup would have been a fitting farewell to the legend but the showpiece event was pushed back by a year to 2021 due to the pandemic. With Cricket South Africa (CSA) overlooking Steyn for recent series, his hopes of playing the World Cup diminished after which he decided to call it a day. 

Steyn took to Twitter to announce his retirement from the game. He penned an emotional note and thanked his fans, family, friends and everyone who was part of his cricketing journey for their continuous support. 

“Today I officially retire from the game I love the most. Bitter sweet but grateful. Thank you to everyone, from family to teammates, journalists to fans, it’s been an incredible journey together,” he wrote.

Twitter was set ablaze as soon as the news of Steyn calling quits came to light. Steyn’s South Africa teammate AB de Villiers was quick to wish his friend luck for future endeavours.

“Great player, great man, amazing memories! U picked a good song to sign off my bud. Legend forever!,” De Villiers replied to Steyn’s post.

Veteran England pacer James Anderson and Australia pacer Pat Cummins also extended their greetings to Steyn for a lavishing career. Anderson wrote, “The Best,” while star Australian pacer Pat Cummins wrote, “Congrats on a remarkable career. Set the standard for fast bowlers world round to follow for 20 years. No better competitor to watch in full flight, enjoy retirement mate! All time great.”

 

 

 

 

 

Dale Steyn

Dale Steyn announces retirement from all forms of cricket

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