South African pace legend Dale Steyn has called it a day from the longest format of the game as he has announced his retirement from red-ball cricket with immediate effect. Steyn has featured in 93 Tests and has 439 scalps to his name. This news was officially confirmed by the governing body of world cricket International Cricket Council (ICC) on their official Twitter handle. Take a look.
The Proteas fast bowler currently has the best bowling strike rate of all time in Test match cricket (amongst bowlers who have bowled a minimum of 10,000 deliveries). The 36-year-old dominated the number one spot in the ICC Test rankings during the peak of his career, for a record 263 weeks between 2008 and 2014. However, his career was plagued with injuries since the past few years due to which he could not feature in so many matches.
Steyn, who was supposedly playing his last World Cup could not make a mark as he was ruled out of the tournament even before he could bowl a ball due to a shoulder injury which failed to respond to the treatment. Nonetheless, South Africa had a forgettable tournament as they were knocked out in the league stages itself.
Even the fans were upset after hearing about this shocking news. They came forward to hail arguably the best fast bowler of this generation.