Dale Steyn announced retirement news: A domestic match was taking place at Bengaluru’s M. Chinnaswamy Stadium many summers ago.
One of India’s best ever fast bowlers, Javagal Srinath, dropped in, wearing a freshly minted ICC match referee avatar. He strode up to the assembled journalists and bragged about a fellow speed merchant.
Dale Steyn was the name at the time, but he was still a young South African spearhead. “Steyn has a fantastic action, smooth, and superb control,” Srinath said. He’s the one to keep an eye on.” This wasn’t a joke from the ‘Fast Bowlers Club,’ but a true observation.
Despite those odd injury-enforced breaks, Steyn has shown to be one of the best exponents of blistering pace combined with intelligence since that day in 2006.
However, time passes, limbs tyre, and the greatest must make way. Steyn, who retired at the age of 38 with an enviable record of 439 Test wickets, 196 ODI scalps, and 64 Twenty20I victims, said his final goodbyes on Tuesday. “Today marks my official retirement from the sport I adore. “Bittersweet yet grateful,” he wrote in a grace-filled note.
Even though he was a feared opponent on the field, the last described was an innate quality of his.
Dale Steyn retirement shocked cricketers
Steyn had the ability to scythe through batting lineups, hustling the batters and rushing them into errors while stumps cartwheeled, slips rejoiced, and pads ruffled.
Steyn was a natural successor to Allan Donald in the past, with a clean run-up leading to a good load-up and precision release.
His battles with the game’s best batsmen were legendary. During the 2011 Cape Town Test, there was one against Sachin Tendulkar. Steyn’s fire versus Tendulkar’s ice was a high-octane clash.
Steyn tried everything he could, probing and hunting for holes, but the master deftly answered everything. Tendulkar hit a century, but the match between him and the South African ace was thrilling.