Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Wednesday congratulated Dale Steyn on
becoming the Proteas' outright leading Test wicket-taker of
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Steyn went into the opening Test against
Pakistan at SuperSport Park sharing joint top spot with Shaun Pollock on 421
dismissals, making them the joint 11th highest wicket-takers of all
Steyn then took outright possession of the landmark when he
dismissed Fahkar Zaman with the first ball of his fourth over on the opening
morning after Pakistan had won the toss and elected to bat.
In scenes that were reminiscent of Jacques Kallis maiden
Test double century at the same venue the crowd rose as one to salute South
Africa’s greatest fast bowler as his new ball partner, Kagiso Rabada, lifted
him on his shoulders.
“Dale is undoubtedly one of the greatest fast bowlers of all
time and we are all very proud of his achievements, not just today, but
throughout his career,” commented CSA Chief Executive Thabang Moroe.
“One can never forget his wonderful all-round performance at Melbourne in 2008
when he took 10 wickets and shared a match-turning partnership with JP Duminy
that enabled us to win a Test series in Australia for the first time.
“He has been a star performer wherever he has played - and
that includes his feat of becoming one of the handful of foreign fast bowlers
to take 10 wickets in a Test match in India at Nagpur, in 2010.
“He held the position of the No 1-ranked Test match bowler
for the best part of a decade which speaks volumes both to the longevity and
the excellence of his career. He has also taken five wickets in an innings on
no fewer than 26 occasions. Sir Richard Hadlee (36 times), Glenn McGrath (29)
and Sir Ian Botham (27) are the only pace bowlers to have done better.
“He has also managed to overcome a series of serious
injuries that would have ended the career of lesser men and I am sure I speak
not only for all his South African supporters and admirers but for cricket fans
around the world in applauding the manner in which he has fought his way back
to his best form.
“Above all, Dale has been a role model for the way the game
should be played and has been the inspiration for our following generations of
fast bowlers, represented by the likes of Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada and
“We congratulate him on this milestone and on a wonderful
career to date and look forward to his writing the next chapter,” concluded Moroe.