Dale Steyn is arguably the best fast bowler of the modern times – a culmination of pace, swing and aggression. At his peak, Steyn ran through the best of batting attacks irrespective of pitch and conditions. Unfortunately, he has been marred by injuries in the recent times – one after the other. Steyn has not been the same bowler after comeback from injuries, but we might get to see best of him again sometime soon.
Amongst bowlers who have bowled a minimum of 10,000 deliveries in Tests, Steyn has the best bowling strike rate of all time.
Steyn is the only fast bowler who has taken five-wicket haul against all test playing nations.
Steyn is the fastest South African to reach 200 wickets in Test matches for which he took 39 matches.
Steyn is the fastest player to take 400 Test wickets, basis the balls bowled.
Steyn is the most productive Test #10, he has scored the most number of test runs when batting at number 10 position (502) and is the only no. 10 batsman to exceed 500+ test runs.
Steyn dominated the number one spot in the ICC test rankings during the peak of his career, for a record 263 weeks between 2008 and 2014. Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan sits next on the list with 214 weeks.
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Awards and recognitions
Steyn was rewarded with the prestigious ICC 2008 Test Cricketer of the Year Award.
Steyn was named one of the Wisden’s cricketers of the year in 2013.
Steyn was named Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World for the year 2013 in 2014 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.
Michael Clarke and Steyn were involved in an on-field sledge in 2014. Steyn had mentioned that he came across the worst sledge of his career when Clarke called him a ‘cheat’ during the final session of play in the Cape Town Test against Australia in 2014.
Lesser Known Facts
Steyn played a cameo as himself in the 2014 Hollywood film Blended, featuring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.
When Steyn was around 11 years old, he received a Hansie Cronje cricket set as a Christmas gift.