Dale Steyn became the highest Test wicket-taker of South Africa by taking Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman in the first Test at SuperSport Park, Centurion, surpassing Shaun Pollock.
Dale Steyn took the limelight away from the others during the first day of the Centurion Test against Pakistan when he broke Shaun Pollock’s record to become the leading wicket-taker (422) of South Africa in Test. Pakistan chose to bat first and lost Imam-ul-Haq in the second over. Fakhar Zaman along with Shan Masood tried to steady the ship but before they could move further Steyn picked up Zaman. Fakhar hit the delivery away from him but ended up giving the catch to Dean Elgar in the slip and Steyn achieved the feat of taking 422 wickets in Tests.
DALE STEYN MAKES HISTORY! 🙌
With Fakhar Zaman's wicket, his 422nd, the South Africa paceman becomes his country's most successful Test bowler.
— ICC (@ICC) December 26, 2018
Steyn’s 422-wicket haul came in 89 matches, at an average of 22.60, while Pollock took 108 matches at an average of 23.11. Pollock was commentating on the television and congratulated him. “He is a true leader of the attack and deserves the record,” said Pollock. Steyn too acknowledged Pollok’s gesture while celebrating with the team-mates.
In June 2015, Steyn took his 400th Test wicket in his 80th Test but he was ruled out due to an injury in India later that year, before his two shoulder injuries. He returned in January this year for the series against India but injured his heel in the first Test which eventually caused him to miss the rest of the series and the series against Australia as well. Later he returned for the series against Sri Lanka where he took two wickets only. His injury kept him away for 27 Test matches. Before the injury, he had played 48 consecutive Test matches from December 2009 to November 2015 and remain at the top of the ICC Test bowling rankings for 263 weeks; which itself a record.
Steyn is now at the 11th on the all-time list, where New Zealand’s Richard Hadlee is before him who took 431 wickets. The list is led by former Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan; who bagged 800 Test wickets while England’s James Anderson, who took 565 wickets, is the leading fast bowler on the list.
As soon as Steyn reached the feat, everyone started praising him:
— Morne Morkel (@mornemorkel65) December 26, 2018
— Shaun Pollock (@7polly7) December 26, 2018
Dale Steyn, we salute you! What a man, what a player. Fitting that “Simply the best” is playing at Supersport Park, where everything started! Congrats legend @DaleSteyn62
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) December 26, 2018
Best ever strike-rates for bowlers with 200 or more Test wickets:
Dale Steyn 42.00
Waqar Younis 43.40#Cricket
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) December 26, 2018
Congrats to the coolest surfing, fishing , skateboarding fast bowler on the planet on becoming the leading wicket taker in Test cricket for South Africa 🇿🇦🙌🏼🥂 Dale Steyn you beauty… https://t.co/GrAIortFaC
— Robin John Peterson (@robbie13flair) December 26, 2018
— Graeme Smith (@GraemeSmith49) December 26, 2018
— VINOD KAMBLI (@vinodkambli349) December 26, 2018
Didn’t waste much time getting to 422 test poles this morning. @7polly7 will be proud there’s no doubt. I asked @DaleSteyn62 if he would love 500 test wickets and he said..Not sure if my body would allow it? Well you look fit, strong and motivated pal so let’s do this👊 pic.twitter.com/3PQnesb8Ov
— Allan Donald (@AllanDonald33) December 26, 2018