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Famous South African cricket players: Dale Steyn

by on February 24, 2011
in Profiles, South Africa

Famous South African cricket players: Dale Steyn

Having made his ODI debut against Australia in 2006, Dale Steyn of South African cricket team has been a consistent performer in world cricket for over 5 years now. His claim to fame is his outrageously fast right-arm bowling which coupled with an awesome sense of swing and seam has seen batting sides melt like wax models.

Born in the Transvaal Province, South Africa in 1983, the chiseled faced Steyn holds the record for reaching the fastest 100 wickets in test cricket by a South African. In the ODI arena he has not been as impressive but still has managed to bag 69 wickets in the 48 matches that he has represented his national side in. He averages just under 30 runs per wicket and has the best bowling figures of 4/16 against Bangladesh in 2008. Steyn has never had a regular run with the South African ODI side since his roller coaster career within this form of the game. However, in the Test cricket arena he seems to be a totally different customer altogether and it was his fantastic year in 2007-2008 that won him the ICC Test Cricketer of the year award in 2008.

Dale Steyn could not make it into the 2007 Cricket World Cup squad that traveled to the Caribbean and this was indeed disappointing for the hard working speedster who regularly clocks speeds in excess of a 150km/hr.

A recent string of good performances has been Steyn’s ticket to the 2011 Cricket World Cup being held in the sub-continent and with his current form, very few bet their money against this magnificent speedster who can change the course of a cricketing match in a matter of a few overs.

Steyn is easily among the best fast bowlers of this generation. Due to his wicket taking ability, he is commonly called as “stain remover”. Even with the passing years, Dale Steyn has managed to maintain his quick pace.

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