A true champion. An “overall nutter”. Something special…
Those were just some of the ways in which Proteas legend Dale Steyn was described by some of his former teammates and opponents after announcing his retirement from Test cricket on Monday.
Steyn, who turned 36 in June, said in a Cricket South Africa statement that he was hanging up his boots in red-ball cricket.
He will keep going in the limited-overs format, where he will be available for South Africa in ODI and T20 Internationals.
But it was in the five-day format where Steyn set the world alight, becoming the leading wicket-taker for the Proteas and eighth on the overall global list with 439 scalps in 93 Tests, at an average of 22.95 and a strike rate of 42.3.