Proteas

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?"

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