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Xtra Time Web Desk: One of the greatest fast bowlers of modern times Dale Steyn has retired from all forms of cricket with immediate effect. Steyn made his debut for South Africa in 2004 against England in Port Elizabeth. In his 93 Tests, Steyn has amassed 439 wickets at an average of 22.95. His best performance in Tests came against India at Nagpur in 2010, when he claimed figures of 7-51.
In 125 ODIs, Steyn took 196 wickets with an average of 25.95 and an economy rate of 4.87. He also played in 47 T20Is for his country, taking 64 wickets. His last international appearance for South Africa was in February 2020, in a T20I against Australia in Johannesburg.
The Proteas cricketer took to social media on Tuesday to announce his decision.
The 38-year-old Proteas pacer previously withdrew from Test cricket in August 2019 and has not played for South Africa (T20 vs Australia) since February 2020.
Among some of Steyn’s notable achievements was his 5 wickets v India in 2011 World Cup. His 7 wkts in Nagpur Test was also another memorable bowling achievement not to mention his 10-fer in the Boxing Day of 2008.
Steyn tweeted his statement announcing his decision: It read:
“And it’s been a long December and there’s reason to believe this year may be better than last year,” Steyn said in his statement. “I can’t remember all the times I tried to tell myself to hold onto these moments as they go by.
“It’s been 20 years since training, competitions, travel, wins, losses, tied feet, jet lag, joy and brotherhood. There are too many memories to tell. Too many faces to thank. So I left it to the experts to sum up, my favorite band, the Counting Crows.
“Today I officially retire from the game I love the most. Bittersweet but grateful. Thank you everyone from family to teammates, journalists to fans, it has been an incredible journey together.”
Steyn also enjoyed a successful run in franchise cricket – starring for Deccan Chargers, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Brisbane Heat, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Gujarat Lions, Jamaica Tallawahs, Cape Town Knight Riders, Cape Town Blitz, Glasgow Giants, Melbourne Stars, Islamabad United, Kandy Tuskers and Quetta Gladiators. After not making himself available for IPL 2021, where he insisted he was not retiring, Steyn was last seen in the PSL in March this year.
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