There are not many bowlers in world cricket who can clock 150 kmph consistently and South African fast bowler Dale Steyn is surely among them. Steyn, currently aged 34, is one of the most menacing fast bowlers who has been the gold standard of pace all throughout his career.
Steyn is known for having amazing combination - the ability to make the ball do his bidding and that too at sheer pace.
Steyn was born on 27 June 1983 and had his own share of struggles while growing up. He always had a raw talent and exceptional pace since his early days.
He made his first-class debut for Northerns in 2003. A strong performance in the 2004 first-class season saw him being called up to the test squad to play England, but had a lukewarm international debut, which later led to his exclusion from the team.
The Road to Glory
The South African pacer went to play county cricket for Essex in 2005 after being dropped and returned to first-class cricket in the 2005 season. His excellent performance in the domestic season led to a recall to the test squad against New Zealand.
He took his first five-wicket haul and ended up getting 16 wickets in the series at an average of 26.00. He impressed everyone and continued to perform steadily for his team.
In 2007, Steyn performed exceedingly well and cemented his place in the team. His first prominent performance came against the touring New Zealand where he picked 20 wickets at an astonishing average of 9.20 and rattled the Kiwi batting line up. After this performance, Steyn continued to grow in stature in world cricket.
Steyn is a world class bowler and has all the numbers to back this claim. In 86 test matches, he has taken 419 wickets at an average of 22.32.
In limited overs cricket, he has taken 180 wickets at 26.62 in 116 ODI matches and also 58 wickets in 42 T20Is at 17.39.
He is 3 wickets short of Shaun Pollock to become the leading wicket-taker for South Africa in test cricket.
He has taken 26 five-wicket hauls and five ten-wicket hauls which is the most by any South African bowler. He also has the fifth-best bowling strike rate of 41.5 in test cricket.
As it is evident that fast bowlers are more prone to injuries in cricket, Dale Steyn was no different. Despite keeping himself fit in the initial stages of his career, Steyn has been suffering from injuries since 2015 and has been in and out of team frequently.
He has been out of action from International cricket due to a shoulder injury and is recovering from it for fourteen months and is now deemed fit to play cricket.