Dale Steyn announces retirement from professional cricket
Dale Steyn has represented South Africa across formats, having played between 2004 to 2020. He has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket following an illustrious career worldwide.
South African pacer Dale Steyn has decided to announce his retirement from professional cricket, bring his illustrious career to an end. He represented South Africa between 2004 to 2020 across formats and had a fruitful stint in the Indian Premier League.
"And, it's been a long December, and there's reason to believe maybe this year will be better than last. I can't remember all the times I tried to tell myself to hold on to these moments as they pass," he said in a statement on social media.
"It's been 20 years of training, matches, travel, people, wins, losses, strapped 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 favourite band, the Counting Crows," he continued.
"Today, I officially retire from the game I love the most. Bittersweet but grateful. Thank you to everyone, from family to teammates, journalists to fans. It's been an incredible journey together," he concluded.
Steyn had a prolific international career, especially in Test cricket, claiming 439 wickets in 93 matches. He fared well in the limited-overs as well, claiming 196 in 125 One-Day Internationals, besides scalping 64 in 47 Twenty20 Internationals.
As for his domestic career, he did great in T20 leagues, claiming 263 in 228. In the Indian Premier League, he played for four franchises and bagged 97 from 95 but never won the title, unfortunately. His last outing was during the Pakistan Super League in March, where he represented Islamabad United.
He mainly was injury-prone during the latter phase of his career, limiting his fast-bowling abilities and was eventually not as effective and deadly as he was initially. A dislocated shoulder in 2015 was the prime reason why he was never the same, which gradually kept getting re-injured and took his time away from the game.
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