IPL 2021: Former RCB and South Africa speedster Dale Steyn retires from all forms of cricket

South African pacer Dale Steyn has announced retirement from all forms of cricket on Tuesday. The right arm Proteas pacer announced his retirement via his Twitter account. Steyn played  93 Tests (439 wickets), 125 ODIs (196 wickets), and 47 T20Is (64 wickets) for South Africa.

He posted a special read on his Twitter account along with his pictures as he bid adieu to cricket. The retirement post read, “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 favourite band, the Counting Crows.”

“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 has been an incredible journey together. Thank you to everyone, from family to teammates, journalists to fans, it has been an incredible journey together.”

The 38-year old discontinued playing the red-ball game in 2019 but continued to play in the 50-over format and 20-over format. With a total of 439 wickets in the whites, Steyn is the leading wicket-taker for South Africa in the Test format. The bowling great surpassed Shaun Pollock in 2019.


Dale Steyn career summary

The Proteas quick’s cricket career spanned over 17 years. He first appeared for South Africa back then in 2004.

Bowling Career Summary
M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI BBM Econ Avg SR 5W 10W
Test 93 171 18608 10077 439 7/51 11/60 3.25 22.95 42.39 26 5
ODI 125 124 6256 5088 196 6/39 6/39 4.88 25.96 31.92 3 0
T20I 47 47 1015 1175 64 4/9 4/9 6.95 18.36 15.86 0 0
IPL 95 95 2176 2508 97 3/8 3/8 6.92 25.86 22.43 0 0


As for the cash-rich league, Steyn has represented various franchises- Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), SunRisers Hyderabad, Deccan Chargers, and Gujarat Lions during his career.