South Africa talisman Dale Steyn has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. Steyn last played for South Africa in February last year against Australia. The pacer had a lavishing career and was considered as one of the best to have graced the game of cricket. Steyn represented South Africa in 93 Test, 125 ODIs, and 47 T20Is, picking up 439, 196 and 64 wickets respectively.
Steyn was last seen for Quetta Gladiators in the PSL 2021. However, the ace bowler opted out of the Indian Premier League. Steyn confirmed his retirement on Twitter. Steyn penned down the lyrics, (from Album ‘Recovering the Satellites’) of his favourite band, the Counting Crows and thanked his fans, friends, family and everyone who supported him during his 17-year cricketing journey
“And it’s been a long December and there’s a reason to believe maybe this year will be better than the last. I can’t remember all the times I tried to tell myself to hold on to these moments as they pass. It’s been 20 years of training, matches, travel, wins, losses, strapped feet, jet lag, joy, and brotherhood. There are too many memories to tell.”
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) August 31, 2021
“Too many faces to thank. So I left it to the experts to sum up, my favourite band, the Counting Crows. Today I officially retire from the game I love the most, Bitter sweet but grateful. Thank you, everyone, from family to teammates, journalists to fans, it’s been an incredible journey, ” wrote Steyn
Steyn had announced his retirement from Tests in 2019 but was keen to play limited overs format, especially the T20Is. He would have wanted to retire after representing South Africa in the T20 World Cup last year but the pandemic pushed the tournament to 2021. Steyn was not in the reckonings of the selectors for the rescheduled World Cup after which the veteran decided to hang his boots.