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After playing 265 international cricket matches, South Africa pace bowler Dale Steyn announced his retirement from all formats of the game.
Steyn, who had retired from Test cricket in 2019, represented the Proteas in 93 Tests, 125 ODIs and 47 T20Is as he ended his 16 years of international cricket with 699 wickets.
Dale Steyn retired from all forms of cricket after playing 16 years of international cricket
Steyn was one of the most feared and lethal bowlers of his time as he used to clock more than 150kmph speed to crash into the batsman’s defences.
Steyn played his last T20 match against Australia at home in February 2020, which was also his last appearance in international cricket.
On Tuesday, the South African bowler took to his Twitter handle to announce his retirement with some of the best pictures from his playing days.
“Today I officially retire from the game I love the most. Bitter sweet but graceful,” Steyn issued a statement on his Twitter handle.
“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. So I left it to the experts to sum up, my favourite band, the Counting Crows.
“Thank you to everyone, from family to teammates, journalists to fans, it’s been an incredible journey together,” the statement added.
Steyn’s latter part of his career was marred with a lot of injuries which also forced him to rule out of the ICC 2019 World Cup in England. His best bowling figure in ODI of 6/39 came against Pakistan in 2013.
AB de Villiers and Virender Sehwag, two of the most dangerous batters who Steyn had bowled during his career, wished the South African bowler for his further journey.
Twitter Reactions to Dale Steyn’s retirement
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
Go well, great man. You were fire, one of the best the game has seen.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 31, 2021
Congratulations on a wonderful career and all the best with whatever comes next!
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) August 31, 2021
Good luck brother man ! Best wishes
— Suresh Raina
(@ImRaina) 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
Outstanding competitor. Incredible bowler. Great man. Congrats on a brilliant career and all the best in what comes next
— Matt Prior (@MattPrior13) August 31, 2021
— Darren Gough MBE (@DGoughie) August 31, 2021
Legend! No greater fast bowler in all conditions!
See you in the bush for a beer soon, boet!
— Kevin Pietersen
(@KP24) August 31, 2021
What a great career Dale .. Thanks so much for damaging my off stump so many times ..
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 31, 2021
Legend all the best mate amazing to watch and a pleasure to have met and played against. True great! https://t.co/85124wAjlb
— Mitchell McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) August 31, 2021
An unbelievable career! Congrats Dale, loved watching you, playing against you, you set the standard for fast bowling at the highest level in all conditions!! Absolute legend and great of the game! Enjoy the surf! #alltimegreat
— Ryan Harris (@r_harris413) August 31, 2021
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 31, 2021
“Bitter sweet” is the right way to sum up a great fast bowler’s career,@DaleSteyn62 . We have witnessed a fierce bowler in you, whose bowling feats will inspire the future generations. Congratulations on a wonderful career buddy and best wishes for whatever you do in future.
— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) August 31, 2021
— Niall John O Brien (@niallnobiobrien) August 31, 2021
— James Anderson (@jimmy9) August 31, 2021
One of the best on and off the field.. congratulations my friend. Enjoy ur retirement
— Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) August 31, 2021
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