Latest Cricket News: Pace Legend Dale Steyn call it Quits from all forms of Cricket

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Pace legend Dale Steyn call it Quits from all forms of Cricket

Latest Cricket News: South Africa’s pace legend Dale Steyn has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Tuesday. Dale Steyn enjoyed a celebrated career representing South Africa across all forms of cricket. He has featured in 93 tests, 125 ODIs & 47 T20Is & has scalped 439 wickets in 93 tests, 196 wickets in 125 ODIs & 64 wickets in 47 T20Is. Steyn had already announced his retirement from Test cricket in August 2019 due to prolonged injuries.

Steyn made his ODI debut for South Africa XI against Asia in 2005 at Centurion. He produced his best figures of 6 for 39 in port Elizabeth against Pakistan in 2013. In the year 2007, he made his T20I debut against New Zealand & in his second game against West Indies, he produced his career-best figures of 3-0-9-4. He last palyed an ODI against Sri Lanka in 2019 while he has last played his T20I against Australia in February last year which also marked his last International match.

“And it’s been a long December and there’s reason to believe maybe this year will be better than last,” Steyn said in his statement. “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 since training, matches, travel, wins, losses, strapped feet, jetlag, 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’s been an incredible journey together”, Dale Steyn concluded.

Dale Steyn enjoyed a successful stint in the Indian Premier League where he played for Deccan Chargers, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad & Gujarat Lions. His other franchise cricket ventures include Caribbean Premier League, Big Bash League, and Pakistan Super League. His teams across the various leagues include Brisbane Heat, Jamaica Tallawahs, Cape Town Knight Riders, Cape Town Blitz, Glasgow Giants, Melbourne Stars, Islamabad United, Kandy Tuskers, and Quetta Gladiators.

Multiple injuries have kept him away from cricket towards the end of his career. In December 2015 he injured his shoulder in the Durban Test vs England and was ruled out of the rest of the series. He underwent surgery to re-attach his coracoid. Unfortunately, he injured the coracoid process during the Perth Test in 2016. However, he made a remarkable comeback for the Test series against India in 2018, & again sustained a heel injury in Cape Town. He made a successful comeback to the Test arena during 2018-19, playing against Pakistan and Sri Lanka. However, he suffered from a shoulder problem during the IPL 2019 and subsequently, couldn’t play in the World Cup due to the injury.

Dale Steyn has not featured in the IPL since 2019. He also pulled out of the IPL 2021, stating that he needs some time off-field by emphasizing his point that he was not retiring. He last played franchise cricket in PSL in March this year. It was a Pakistan Super League match between Quetta Gladiators and Multan Sultans. He returned with figures of  3.4-0-34-1 in the game.

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