South African speedster Dale Steyn announces his retirement from cricket in all forms of the game as he retired from the longest format of the game in 2019 but continued to play for South Africa in the shortest format including playing T20 leagues all over the world.
Steyn was expected to play in the T20 World Cup in 2020 but it was suspended due to COVID -19 and fast bowler reflexes do get slow down with every passing and that might have prompted him to take retirement early in all forms of the game.
He took to Twitter to announce his retirement on his official micro-blogging site Twitter where he wrote “Today I officially retire from the game I love the most. Bittersweet but grateful. Thank you to everyone, from family to teammates, journalists to fans, it’s been an incredible journey together”
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) August 31, 2021
Steyn pulled out of IPL 2020 but participated in PSL and stated in an interview taken by Pakistani media outlets to which he said IPL is all about money and the focus of every player is not to bring the best individual performances rather than the money they have bagged in auctions.
Whereas in PSL quality of fast bowling and performance is much better than IPL and the moment he faced backlash on social media he apologized to his Indian fan to which he said that his statement was blown out of proportion and was simply taken out of context.
Steyn has inspired lot of young bowlers all over the world including the latest to join the bandwagon is KKR pacer Shivam Mavi who said during one of the interviews that he was inspired by Steyn and decided to become a fast bowler which made Steyn emotional.
Taking about his International career he has played 93 Test matches where the ace pacer from Proteas have taken 493 test wickets and with his ferocious deliveries, he has troubled world-class batters in the past.