Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) has congratulated Proteas fast bowler Dale Steyn on becoming the second South African after
Shaun Pollock (421) and the 13th of all time to join the exclusive
400 Test wickets club.
He achieved the feat on the first morning of his 80th
Test match when he dismissed Bangladesh opening batsman, Tamim Iqbal, at Dhaka
“Fantastic. Just fantastic!”
commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat.
“The statistics as always speak
for themselves and one cannot compliment Dale enough. He is the joint second
fastest to reach this mark in terms of matches played but he is by far the
quickest in terms of balls bowled as his strike rate of 41.6 is far superior to
anybody else. No other bowler in that category has a strike rate below 50.
“But there is far more to Dale’s success than pure statistics. His ability to
bowl conventional swing at high pace and then switch to lethal reverse swing -
he is one of the finest exponents of this latter art - combined with his superb
control make him the world leader he has become for most of the past decade.
“The other quality of Dale we will always remember is the way he celebrates
every wicket he takes and the intensity with which he does it. Those veins tell
us exactly what it means to him to take a wicket for his country. He is truly a
proud South African.
“With his skill and natural athleticism there is no reason why he cannot go on
to achieve the 500 wickets mark (a mark achieved by only 5 other bowlers) and
“We have been incredibly fortunate in the quality of the leaders of our attack
we have had since unity, starting with Allan Donald and followed by Shaun
Pollock, Makhaya Ntini and now Dale, all of whom have taken more than 300
“Congratulations, Dale," concluded Lorgat.