Steyn shrugs off Pollock record

2016-08-31 13:21
Dale Steyn (Gallo)

Cape Town - Dale Steyn's eight-wicket match haul in the second Test against New Zealand in Pretoria means that he is just five wickets behind Shaun Pollock on the list of South Africa's all-time leading Test wicket takers. 

Pollock sits on 421, but Steyn has moved up to 416 and will almost certainly move to the top of that list when the Proteas travel to Australia for a three-Test series in June. 

But, speaking after South Africa's 204-run victory on Tuesday, Steyn completely underplayed the significance of the record. 

"I've never really bothered about that ... it just doesn't bother me," an animated, almost embarrassed Steyn said when asked about the record. 

"I'm not going to sit on my couch when I am 70 and go 'I was the leading wicket taker'.

"I will remember tonight, I will remember when we beat New Zealand in Durban and we had the whole New Zealand team in our dressing room and everyone was sitting there ... great banter and great chats. We all went out afterwards. I will remember winning in Australia, I will remember winning in England and hopefully I will remember winning a World Cup too. 

"But I will not remember being the leading wicket taker ... that really doesn't bother me and those are the things I play this game for."

"I will hopefully sit there and talk to my children and grandchildren about those days and not my individual performances because, really, who cares?"

Read more on:    proteas  |  dale steyn  |  shaun pollock  |  cricket

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

30 September 2016
South Africa v Australia, Centurion 13:30
02 October 2016
South Africa v Australia, Johannesburg 10:00
05 October 2016
South Africa v Australia, Durban 13:30
Previous Results

Date Match Result

Should Proteas coach Russell Domingo stay - or go - as national coach?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


Big month in the world of golf as the FedEx Cup concludes on the PGA Tour, the Race to Dubai gathers steam on the European Tour and the Sunshine Tour offers local golfers the chance to bank some cash. Oh, and not forgetting the USA v Europe Ryder Cup showdown at Hazeltine!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.