Dale Steyn Announces Retirement from Test Cricket

Virat Kohli Tweets to Dale Steyn (Pace Machine) on His Retirement

After the announcement, the wishes were poured on social media around the world. India’s captain Virat Kohli tweet to post a special message for Dale Steyn, calling him a true champion of the game. Dale Steyn, a fast-bowling player from South Africa, announced his retirement from test cricket on Monday in an attempt to extend his longevity into the shortest forms of the game.

 Dale Steyn spent his first three seasons in the Indian Premier League (IPL) playing alongside Virat Kohli at Royal Challengers Bangalore and after spells with Deccan Chargers, SunRisers Hyderabad and Gujarat Lions; South Africa’s biggest test player once joined RCB for the 2019 IPL Season, replacing the injured Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Virat Kohli Tweeted:

A true champion of the game, Happy Retirement to the Pace machine.

After making his red-ball debut against England in 2004, then 36-years-old bowler played 93 games for South Africa, picking up 439 wickets with a surprising average of 22.95.

Dale Steyn Said:

Today I’m moving away from a format of the game I love so much. He is the leading wicket-taker of his country of all time and one of the top 10 in the game’s history.

In my judgment, Test-cricket is the best version of this game. It puts you mentally, physically and emotionally tested. It’s terrible to even consider playing another test again, but the scariest thing is the idea of never playing again.

Therefore, I will focus on the ODI and T20 for the rest of my career to maximize my full potential and ensure my longevity in this sport. I hope to continue playing for Proteas in the shortest formats.

Steyn Injury

Steyn has been devastated by injuries in recent times, drastically reducing his playing time.

A shoulder injury ruled him out of the 2019 World Cup without playing a match for South Africa, who far below his expectations in the main event.

Just before the World Cup, Steyn only managed to play two matches for the Indian Premier League (IPL) Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise, after cordoned off mid-season, before an inflammatory shoulder excluded him from the rest of the tournament.

Steyn last played a Test in February against Sri Lanka and is still hired in white-ball form for the 2019-20 seasons and is therefore still available to South Africa at One Day Internationals and T20Is.