Dale Steyn

Country: South Africa
Born: June 27, 1983, Phalaborwa
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Fast
Playing role: Bowler

Dale Steyn Bio

Dale Willem Steyn, with his scary eyes, throbbing veins, and formidable chainsaw celebration, has established himself as South Africa’s most feared fast bowler. Known for his extreme pace, ability to swing the ball both ways, and unwavering accuracy, he is often regarded as one of the country’s finest cricketers. A force to be reckoned with at the peak of his powers, Steyn possessed a lithe and wiry physique, coupled with a blistering run-up and a devastating outswinger.

Born and raised in Phalaborwa, the northernmost province of South Africa, Steyn initially nurtured a passion for skateboarding during his childhood. However, upon relocating to Pretoria, he decided to give cricket a serious try, and it did not take long for him to emerge as a promising talent. Despite playing a mere seven first-class matches, Steyn was swiftly selected for the national team, making his debut against England in 2004, alongside the likes of AB de Villiers.

Although Steyn’s impact was not immediate, he spent the following winter playing for Essex in Division 2 of the county championship. This experience, coupled with his dedication to the game, enabled him to fine-tune his skills in the domestic setup. Upon his recall, a visibly more tenacious bowler took the field, capturing 16 wickets in his second series against New Zealand. However, it was in the following year, during the 2007-08 season, that Steyn truly announced himself as one of the most formidable fast bowlers in the world.

In the first Test against New Zealand in Johannesburg, Steyn’s fiery performance saw him secure ten wickets. Tragically, during the second Test in Centurion, a short ball by Steyn struck Craig Cumming on the face, sending him to intensive care. Despite this setback, Steyn’s wicket tally continued to surge, leading him to become the fastest South African, at that time, and the 15th fastest overall to reach 100 Test wickets. In recognition of his tremendous achievements, Steyn was named ICC Test Player of the Year in September 2008, having claimed 86 wickets in 14 matches at an average of 18.10.

Steyn played a pivotal role in South Africa’s historic victories against England and Australia, both away from home, a feat the team hadn’t accomplished since their readmission to international cricket. Additionally, he showcased his prowess on the subcontinent during South Africa’s triumph over India in Nagpur. Offering shades of reverse-swing reminiscent of legends Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, Steyn recorded figures of 7 for 51 as he dismantled India’s batting lineup.

Notably, Steyn lifted the Test championship trophy with the South African team in England in 2012, and the following year, against New Zealand, he celebrated his 300th Test wicket, becoming only the fourth South African to achieve this milestone.

Unfortunately, Steyn’s injury-free streak came to an end once he surpassed the age of 30. Suffering a groin strain during the Champions Trophy in June 2013, he further endured a side strain and rib fracture later that year, in addition to three hamstring strains in 2014. Despite the setbacks, Steyn played a crucial role in South Africa’s Test series victory in Sri Lanka after a 22-year drought.

Leading South Africa’s attack in the 2015 World Cup, Steyn’s tenure endured a turning point when he was struck for a six by Grant Elliott in the semi-final against New Zealand. This setback seemed to affect him adversely, and he subsequently suffered a groin strain during the first Test against India in November 2015, leading to his absence for the remainder of the series. While he recovered in time to face England in December, a shoulder injury curtailed his summer. In the 2015-16 season, Steyn was unable to participate in six of South Africa’s eight Tests and all of their ODIs. Despite his setbacks, he managed to return for the World T20, although he only played in two of the four matches.

Dale Steyn’s illustrious career has seen him surmount numerous challenges. His explosive performances, unwavering skill, and dedication to the sport have cemented his status as one of South Africa’s cricketing superstars. With his intimidating demeanor and remarkable bowling prowess, he has propelled himself into the annals of cricketing history.

Dale Steyn Career Stats

Dale Steyn Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 93 119 27 1251 76 13.59 2825 44.28 0 2 124 36 26 0
T20Is 47 12 6 21 5* 3.5 26 80.76 0 0 2 0 12 0
ODIs 125 51 12 365 60 9.35 562 64.94 0 1 35 9 28 0
FC 141 173 40 1824 82 13.71 3788 48.15 0 4 - - 33 0
List A 180 69 21 419 60 8.72 635 65.98 0 1 - - 37 0
T20s 228 71 34 313 27* 8.45 291 107.56 0 0 25 9 55 0

Dale Steyn Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 93 171 18608 10077 439 7/51 11/60 22.95 3.24 42.3 27 26 5
T20Is 47 47 1015 1175 64 4/9 4/9 18.35 6.94 15.8 2 0 0
ODIs 125 124 6256 5087 196 6/39 6/39 25.95 4.87 31.9 4 3 0
FC 141 - 27183 14569 618 8/41 - 23.57 3.21 43.9 33 35 7
List A 180 - 8844 6991 284 6/39 6/39 24.61 4.74 31.1 5 6 0
T20s 228 225 5065 5786 263 4/9 4/9 22 6.85 19.2 4 0 0

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