South African pace legend Dale Steyn announced his retirement from Test Cricket on Monday. Steyn, who has represented the Proteas in 93 Tests has 439 scalps to his name.
As Steyn called it a day from the longest format of the game, his Royal Challengers Bangalore captain and one of his good friends Virat Kohli came forward to wish him luck for the future. Kohli took to Twitter and hailed the veteran fast bowler as a true champion of the game and then wished a happy retirement to the pace machine.
Read Kohli's tweet here:
Both Dale Steyn and Virat Kohli's friendship goes back to the last decade when both were still playing for RCB in the IPL. While the Proteas pacer was in his prime back then, young Virat was a budding cricketer who was yet to attain the fame and fortunes of being a world-class batsman and arguably the best in the business in modern-day cricket.
The batting maestro had posted a picture of him and the 36-year-old quickie during the IPL earlier this year. On one side, the duo were seen celebrating during their early days in RCB and on the other side a veteran Steyn and 'Captain Fearless' Kohli were seen celebrating. The Indian skipper had captioned it as his most favourite 10-year challenge ever.
Nonetheless, the 36-year-old's participation in the IPL was cut short as he was ruled out due to a shoulder injury.
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.
Dale Steyn 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 especially after the World Cup 2015 due to which he could not feature in so many matches.