South African fast bowler Dale Steyn has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket today (31st August). The pacer took to Twitter to make the official announcement. He released a small statement on his behalf while saying goodbye to his beloved game. The 38-year old last played for South Africa in February 2020.
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) August 31, 2021
Widely regarded as the best fast bowler of his era, Steyn retires with 699 wickets in international cricket. His tally of 439 wickets is the highest for a South African bowler in Test cricket. In ODIs, he takes the fifth spot in the list of the highest national wicket-takers. His combined tally across formats makes him the second-highest wicket-taker of South Africa of all time behind Shaun Pollock.
“Today I officially retire from the game I love the most. Bitter sweet but grateful. Thank you to everyone, from family to teammates, journalists to fans, it’s been a incredible journey together,” Steyn said in his statement.