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Dale Steyn

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm fast
Played for:
South Africa, Africa XI, Essex, Northerns, South Africa A, Titans, Warwickshire, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Cape Cobras, Brisbane Heat, Hyderabad
Roles played:
Bowler
ICC Rank:
Batting:
0
Bowling:
1
Batting:
0
Bowling:
2
Batting:
0
Bowling:
14
Home country:
South Africa
Born:
June 27, 1983, Phalaborwa

Profile

The relatively quick metamorphosis of Dale Steyn from an express bowler to an express world class bowler mirrors South Africa's progress from mediocrity to world beaters. Inspired by the generation of Lees and Akhtars, the shortcomings on pace alone were grasped sooner by Steyn than his contemporaries. With a mixture of accuracy and swing to combine with pace, he soon rose to the pinnacle of Test bowling to become one of cricket's most dangerous strike bowlers.

On the tour to Sri Lanka in 2006 where bulk wickets at irregular intervals were masked by an economy rate higher than six, led to him being dropped in the return series against Pakistan in the same year. However, he was recalled for the subsequent Test series against New Zealand. He ended up playing both Tests, dismantling the Kiwis with 10 wickets in each of them, leading South Africa to historic victories.

It was a timely improvement as veteran Shaun Pollock announced his retirement a few months later. Following the New Zealand tour, Steyn's bowling displays often revolved around refreshing discipline with a decrease in economy. On the tour to Australia in 2008-09, in tandem with Makhaya Ntini, Steyn helped South Africa clinch their first Test series win against the Aussies. He added another 10-wicket haul to his credit in Melbourne, in a match which the Proteas won by 9 wickets. In Nagpur, Steyn inflicted an innings defeat on India when he picked up a 10-fer in the game which included his career best 7/51 in the first innings. Indian T20 League contracts too, ensued soon after with Steyn penning a jackpot deal with Bangalore and then with Hyderabad.

In one of the most devastating spells in Test cricket in February 2013, Steyn rattled Pakistan helping South Africa bundle them out for 49 with breathtaking figures of 6-8. While comparisons with contemporaries continue, it is fair to say Steyn's consistency over large periods has been unmatched in the modern era of cricket, already making him the best fast bowling product following the turn of the millennium. Steyn is well on his way to becoming the leading wicket-taker for South Africa in Tests.

He continued his brilliant year taking 30 wickets of his next 7 Test matches rattling the opposition's batting line-up. Steyn was pretty successful in World T20 too, taking nine wickets of five matches and bowled one of the best over of T20 history when he defended seven runs of the last over against New Zealand. Steyn was retained by his Hyderabad franchise at the starting of the seventh season of Indian T20 League.


Fast Facts

  • Dale Steyn became the fastest South African to reach 100 Test wickets.
  • He was rewarded with the ICC Test Player of the Year Award in 2008.


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 72 91 998 21 14.25 42.21 0 1 76
ODI 79 31 176 7 7.33 64.23 0 0 35
T20 38 9 15 4 3.00 75.00 0 0 5
IPL 70 28 123 11 7.23 105.12 0 0 18*
CLT20 14 3 37 2 37.00 205.55 0 0 27*
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 72 136 15261 8333 362 7/51 / 23.01 3.27 22 22 5 193
ODI 79 78 3927 3136 123 6/39 / 25.49 4.79 3 3 0 149
T20 38 38 817 879 55 4/9 / 15.98 6.45 2 0 0 45
IPL 70 70 1620 1717 80 3/8 / 21.46 6.35 0 0 0 86
CLT20 14 13 312 359 13 3/26 / 27.61 6.90 0 0 0 23
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 19 0 7
ODI 21 0 4
T20 11 0 1
IPL 15 0 4
CLT20 6 0 0

Career

Span:
Test:
2004-2014
 
ODI:
2005-2013
 
T20:
2007-2014
 
IPL:
2008-2014
 
CLT20:
2009-2013
Test
Debut:
South Africa Vs England at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth - Dec 17, 2004
Last played:
South Africa Vs Australia at Newlands, Cape Town - Mar 01, 2014
ODI
Debut:
Africa XI Vs Asia XI at SuperSport Park, Centurion (Verwoerdburg) - Aug 17, 2005
Last played:
South Africa Vs India at Kingsmead, Durban - Dec 08, 2013
T20
Debut:
South Africa Vs New Zealand at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg - Nov 23, 2007
Last played:
South Africa Vs India at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur - Apr 04, 2014
IPL
Debut:
Bangalore Vs Chennai at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore - Karnataka - Apr 28, 2008
Last played:
Hyderabad Vs Rajasthan at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi - Apr 18, 2014
CLT20
Debut:
Bangalore Vs Victoria at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore - Karnataka - Oct 15, 2009
Last played:
Hyderabad Vs Titans at JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi - Sep 28, 2013
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