Twitter Pays Tribute to Dale Steyn after Retirement News

Published 08/06/2019, 7:42 AM EDT
Dale Steyn

Dale Steyn, the South Africa fast bowler has announced his retirement from Test cricket on Monday. He had played 93 Tests in a career span of 15 years, where he picked up 439 wickets and became the highest wicket-taker of South Africa. Alongside this, he is the eighth-highest wicket-taker in the history of Test cricket and the fifth-highest amongst the pacer bowlers after James Anderson (575), Glenn McGrath (563), Courtney Walsh (519) and Stuart Broad (450).


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“Today I walk away from a format of the game I love so much. In my opinion Test cricket is the best version of this game. It tests you mentally, physically, emotionally. It’s terrible to consider never playing another Test again but what’s more terrifying is the thought of never playing again at all. So I will be focusing on ODIs and T20s for the rest of my career to maximise my full potential and ensure my longevity in this sport,” shared Dale Steyn.

Dale Steyn announces retirement from Test cricket

“I’d like to thank everyone in cricket, no one specific, because everyone has been a part of my journey. And I look forward to continuing to play for the Proteas in the shorter formats. Thank you,” further added Steyn.


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His retirement news made fans sad as he is one of the best bowlers in this generation. He even failed to take part in the recently concluded ICC World Cup due to a shoulder injury. However, Twitterati pays tribute after learning the news.

Salute @DaleSteyn62 👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿
One of the greats indeed.#SteynGun #SteynRemover #DaleSteyn

— Mpumelelo Mbangwa (@mmbangwa) August 5, 2019

I love you @DaleSteyn62

— Chris Morris (@Tipo_Morris) August 5, 2019

Dale Steyn retires from Test cricket as one of—if not the—greatest fast bowlers of all time. No bowler in the history of Test cricket has taken 300 or more wickets at a lower strike rate than the South African paceman. #Steyn

— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) August 5, 2019

Best strike-rates for bowlers in Test matches (minimum 200 wickets):
Waqar Younis 43.4
Malcolm Marshall 46.7
Allan Donald 47.0
Vernon Philander 48.6
Fred Trueman 49.4
Mitchell Starc 49.9#Cricket

— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) August 5, 2019

Dale Steyn…The Best Test Fast Bowler Of His Era. One of the finest ever. You’ll be missed. #dalesteyn #retirement

— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) August 5, 2019

My favourite ever pace bowler has retired 😰 @DaleSteyn62, you legend. Will miss those celebrations in whites. #DaleSteyn #Cricket

— Rohit Sankar (@imRohit_SN) August 5, 2019

Dale Steyn is once in a generation cricketer, was the No. 1 Test bowler for nearly 6 years. Arguably the only one from this era who can match the great fast bowlers of the 80s & 90s. If you have watched him bowl, you have seen pace bowling at its very best. Farewell @DaleSteyn62!

— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) August 5, 2019

Made first-class and Test debuts together, played in the same 🇿🇦 team 221 times!

AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn 💞

— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) August 6, 2019

Absolute legend, congratulations @DaleSteyn62 you stand above them all. #superstar #gun

— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) August 5, 2019

Most wkts by visiting pacers in Asia

92 DALE STEYN (SR 42.9)
77 Courtney Walsh (45.2)
72 Glenn McGrath (54.8)
71 Malcolm Marshall (48.7)
68 Richard Hadlee (42.7)

The best among the best. #ThankYouSteyn

— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) August 5, 2019

Dale Steyn retires from Test cricket

93 matches
439 wickets
At an average of 22.95
Strike rate of 42.3

The numbers speak for themselves especially that strike rate!
Absolutely brilliant

Thank you Dale Steyn. What a privilege to have watched so much of your career live!

— Natalie Germanos 🏏 (@NatalieGermanos) August 5, 2019

439 Test wickets
An average of 22.95
26 five wicket hauls
Five 10 wicket hauls

Thank you for the memories, Dale Steyn, and congratulations on an amazing Test career!

— ICC (@ICC) August 6, 2019

Been away for a bit, congratulations @DaleSteyn62 on a fabulous fabulous career. That ball to @MichaelVaughan will be fresh in the minds of all cricket lovers. #DaleSteyn

— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) August 6, 2019

👉93 Tests, 439 wkts
👉No.1 for 6 yrs
👉8-time member of ICC Test team of the year(most by any)
👉Only pacer to take 5-fors against 9 nations
👉Highest wicket taker for SA, 8th overall
👉Strike rate 42.39(best among 200+ wkts)

We'll miss you in Tests #DaleSteyn. End of an era🙏

— Sir Jadeja fan (@SirJadeja) August 5, 2019

South African pace spearhead @DaleSteyn bids farewell to Test cricket… 'Steyn Gun' goes down as arguably the greatest #Proteas seamer of all time.. Stats Dont Lie about Steyn's stellar bowling heroics in Test cricket

— Wah Cricket (@Wahcricketlive) August 6, 2019


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A cricketing great bids adieu to Test cricket 🙌

Congratulations on a fantastic career, @DaleSteyn62!#DaleSteyn #OrangeArmy #RiseWithUs

— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) August 5, 2019

The best of his Era!!! #Gun

— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) August 5, 2019


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