Full name Dale Steyn
Born June 27, 1983, Phalaborwa
Current age 27 years 207 days
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast
Dale Steyn Picture
Major teams South Africa, Africa XI, Essex, Northerns, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Titans, Warwickshire
Dale Steyn Profile
Dale Steyn could be just the latest nuclear-tipped arrow that South Africa have drawn from their seemingly bottomless quiver of classy fast bowlers. The trouble, for opposing batsmen, is that he is rather more than that. Pure pace is one thing, pinpoint pure pace distinctly another. Pinpoint pure pace poison-tipped with aggression still another. Add the regularity with which Steyn moves the ball away from right-handers, and the way his deliveries skid at batsmen – a lack of height isn’t all bad – and the danger he poses is obvious.
Steyn has grown into a bowler who has a firm grip on all of the tenets of the faith of the fast and the furious. But his is no paint-by-numbers tale of ability plus skill plus experience seamlessly stitching itself into a story of success.
He began his career armed with more pace than he knew what to do with, and little else: when he played his first Test against England in 2004, he was far from the bowler just described. Then, as he made peace with his bowling action and figured out how best to hone a body seemingly not suited to the rigours of life as fast bowler for just that fate, came the accuracy. Steyn took 16 wickets in his second series, but there remained a suspicion that he wasn’t as dominant and aggressive as a fast bowler of his class should be. He was simply too nice.
All of which changed in South Africa’s home series against the New Zealanders in 2007-08. A visibly fired up Steyn took ten wickets in the first Test in Johannesburg. Then, shortly after lunch on the first day of the second Test in Centurion, he earned all that nastiness he needed in the sickening instant in which Craig Cumming flapped at a short delivery. Cumming missed, and the ball crashed into his face and sent him to intensive care. Suddenly, Steyn was no longer a nice kid with a bit of zip.
The flow of wickets became a gush, and in 2008, he became the fastest South African, and the 15th fastest overall, to reach 100 Test wickets. That September, Steyn was named ICC Test Player of the Year after taking 86 wickets in 14 matches at an average of 18.10. And so on and so forth … expect many more stupendous statistics in the years to come.
Dale Steyn Batting, Fielding and Bowling
The above stats are as per date of this post.
Dale Steyn Career
Dale Steyn Test Matches
South Africa Vs England at St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth – Dec 17, 2004
South Africa Vs India at Newlands, Cape Town – Jan 02, 2011
Dale Steyn ODI Matches
Africa XI Vs Asia XI at SuperSport Park, Centurion (Verwoerdburg) – Aug 17, 2005
South Africa Vs India at Newlands, Cape Town – Jan 18, 2011
Dale Steyn T20 Matches
South Africa Vs New Zealand at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg – Nov 23, 2007
South Africa Vs West Indies at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, St Peter’s, Antigua – May 20, 2010
Dale Steyn IPL Matches
Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Chennai Super Kings at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore – Karnataka – Apr 28, 2008
Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Deccan Chargers at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai – Apr 24, 2010
Dale Steyn CLT20 Matches
Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Victorian Bushrangers at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore – Karnataka – Oct 15, 2009
Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Chennai Super Kings at Kingsmead, Durban – Sep 24, 2010
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