South African Pacer makes a call on his retirement from One day International
Dale Steyn Retirement – One of the fierce bowlers in the game of cricket has made a statement which has shaken not only the South African Cricket but also world cricket fans. Dale Steyn has made his future plans clear – Steyn will try his efforts in England to bring the World Cup to South Africa. But after ICC World Cup he will step down from white ball cricket.
Steyn has played 116 matches and has been the backbone of South African bowling lineup for years. Even though his main contribution has been in test format where he tops the list in every section of bowling, Steyn’s contribution in limited overs cricket cannot be understated.
While talking to media during the Go Pro Event, Dale Steyn quoted,
“I will be trying to get to that World Cup (in England). But after the World Cup, I don’t see myself playing white ball cricket for South Africa. By the time the next World Cup comes, I will be 40. If you look at the (SA) batting line-up, our top six have played 1,000 games, but lower half – from eight to eleven who are currently playing – not even 150 games. You need to draw on experience. I hope that will be my trump card when the selection comes to the World Cup. I may not necessarily play all the time. But I think my experience will help me just being there. “
However, Steyn will continue to feature in five-day cricket where he has been most dangerous. With 421 wickets under his belt in 88 Tests, Steyn is joint highest wicket-taker for South Africa. He is tied with Shaun Pollock and plans to extend the record past Pollock.
For last few years, injuries have been a big part of Steyn’s career. All cricket fans will be hoping to see Dale Steyn fully fit before South Africa play England in the opening match of ICC World Cup on 30th May 2019.