South Africa's Cricket team fast Bowler "Dale Steyn"
The great Dale Steyn, a flying work of art with his wicked swing and shattering Yorkers, announced his retirement from cricket on Tuesday with a record ended and a legacy shaped. Cricket will be poor without the rhythmic swing and graceful act, for in cricket what better view than seeing Steyn step in and attack the batsmen.
The 38-year-old South African made the announcement on Twitter, ending his 17-year career after starting 93 Tests, 125 ODI and 47 T20I, and 439, 196 and 64 wicket pacts for the Proteas.
"Today I officially retire from the game I love the most. Bitter sweet but grateful. Thank you to everyone, from family to teammates, journalists to fans, it's been an incredible journey together," he wrote.
"'And it's been a long December and there's reason to believe. Maybe this year will be better than the last. I can't remember all the times I tried to tell myself to hold on to these moments as they pass'," Steyn wrote in his retirement letter, quoting a song from American rock band Counting Crows to convey his emotions.
"It's been 20 years of training, matches, travel, wins, losses, strapped feats, 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," he added.
Steyn, who withdrew from the cricket test in 2019 due to restricted formats, last played an international match in February 2020 - a T20I against Australia - but suffered constant injuries for years, especially after a shoulder-threatening tour of South Africa in Australia in November 2016.
The point guard was initially part of the South African squad for the 2019 World Cup, but had to give up playfully because of a shoulder problem.
He had his eyes on the ICC T20 World Cup last year before that tournament was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
He went on to compete in T20 franchise competitions, including the Pakistan Super League earlier this March. He also retired from IPL but insisted that he would not retire.
On Tuesday, however, he ended his career, citing lines from "A Long December".
After his career as a cricket representative in a top game of the Northerns in 2003, Steyn won his South Africa cap in a test against England in Port Elizabeth the following year.
Steyn made his ODI debut in 2005 with Centurion for Africa XI against Asia XI. His best numbers - 6 to 39 - came against Pakistan in Port Elizabeth in 2013.
In 2007 Steyn made his T20I debut against New Zealand and in his second match against the West Indies - he achieved the best values of his career with 3-0-9-4.
His last ODI was against Sri Lanka in 2019, while T20I was his last international match against Australia in February last year.
Steyn's career revolved around combat injuries.
In December 2015, he injured his shoulder during the test in Durban against England and was sent off from the rest of the field.
After going under the knife to repair his coracoid (a shoulder bone), he was injured again in 2016 during the Perth Test against Australia.
Steyn returned to test against India in 2018, but suffered a "freakish” heel injury in Cape Town.
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