South Africa pacer Dale announces retirement from all forms of cricket

South Africa’s pacer Dale Steyn has decided to call time on his career. The 38-year old will retire from all forms of cricket with immediate effect. In 93 matches played, Steyn has taken 439 wickets at an average of 22.95 with 26 five-fors and 5 ten-for to his name.

Pacer has made 125 appearances for South Africa in limited-overs cricket. He has taken 196 wickets at an average of 25.95 with four four-fors and three five-fors to his name. In the T20 format, Dale Steyn has claimed 64 wickets at an average of 18.35.

In 2019, South African pacer retired from Test cricket to prolong his white-ball career. The veteran pacer missed the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup played in England and Wales.

His limited-overs debut came for Africa XI against Asia XI at SuperSport Park in Centurion in 2005. His career-best figures in one-day internationals came against Pakistan as he finished with figures of 6 for 39 at St. Georges Park in Centurion.

In his second T20I game against West Indies, Dale Steyn produced a scintillating bowling performance and finished with figures of 4 for 9 in his four overs. His last limited-overs appearance came against Sri Lanka on home soil in 2019.

Dale Steyn has played a lot of T20 cricket around the world. He has played for franchises like Deccan Chargers, Gujarat Lions, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.

For PSL, he made limited appearances for Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators. Cape Town Blitz, Cape Town Knight Riders, Kandy Tuskers are other franchises for which Dale Steyn has played. He played for teams like Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Stars in the world renowned Big Bash League.

Earlier this year, Dale Steyn has made his appearance for Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League. Since 2015, Dale Steyn has gone through a series of injuries which ruled him out for atleast one year. In 2016, Steyn once again suffered a shoulder injury while bowling for South Africa against Australia at Perth.

In 2018, he made his comeback in Test cricket against India but suffered a heel injury at Newlands in Cape Town. He made his successful return to Test cricket in 2018-19 season, playing against Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

However, he injured his shoulder again during the Indian Premier League and was ruled out of 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup played in England and Wales.