South African cricketer Dale Steyn has retired from all forms on cricket bringing to an end a 20-year career during which he carved out a reputation as his country’s most feared fast bowler and became the all-time leading wicket-taker in Test cricket.
“It’s been 20 years of training, matches, travel, wins, losses, strapped feet, jet lag, joy, and brotherhood. There are too many memories to tell. Too many faces to thank,” Steyn wrote in a social media post on Tuesday.
“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.”
The 38-year-old claimed 439 wickets from 93 Test caps as well as 196 from 125 One-Day Internationals and 64 from 47 T20Is.
His last international was in February last year, a T20 International (T20I) against Australia last year having retired from Test cricket in August 2019.
Steyn has struggled with a series of injuries the last few years. In November 2016, during a tour of Australia, he suffered a career-threatening shoulder injury.
Players, past and present, and teams from across the cricketing world paid tribute to Steyn following his announcement hailing his impressive career and character.
Great player, great man, amazing memories! U picker a good song to sign off my bud. Legend forever!
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) August 31, 2021
Congratulations on a wonderful career and all the best with whatever comes next!
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) August 31, 2021
Congrats on a remarkable career. Set the standard for fast bowlers world round to follow for 20 years. No better competitor to watch in full flight, enjoy retirement mate!🏄♂️All time great
— Pat Cummins (@patcummins30) August 31, 2021
Go well, great man. You were fire, one of the best the game has seen.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 31, 2021