Legendary South African pace bowler Dale Steyn shocked everyone after announcing his sudden withdrawal from all forms of cricket on Tuesday. The 38-year-old spread the news through his official Twitter handle.
The Phalaborwa Express played 93 Tests, 125 ODIs and 47 T20Is for South Africa, where it recorded 439, 194 and 64 wickets, respectively. The right-shooter last wore the prestigious Proteas jersey in 2020 when he played a T20I against Australia.
As soon as Steyn announced his retirement, many current and former cricketers congratulated him on his absolute legend during his illustrious international career.
Steyn’s former teammate and arguably one of the biggest South African rackets AB de Villiers responded to the episode and referred to the speedster as “Great Player”, “Great Man” and “Legend Forever”.
“Great player, great man, great memories! You picked a good song to sign out, my buddy. Legend forever! “ De Villiers tweeted.
Third highest wicket taker in test cricket, James Anderson, wrote: “The best. (Red heart emoji).”
Former India opener Virender Sehwag described Steyn as “one of the best” in international cricket.
“Do well, great man. You were fire, one of the best the game has ever seen. “ Sehwag wrote on Twitter.
Legendary Pakistani bowler Wasim Akram wished Steyn all the best and wrote: “Bittersweet” is the right way to sum up the career of a great fast bowler, @ DaleSteyn62. We have seen in you a passionate bowler whose bowling tricks will inspire future generations. Congratulations on a wonderful career, mates and best wishes for all you do in the future. “
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