Shaun Pollock congratulates record-breaking Dale Steyn of 421 wickets for South Africa in Test cricket during the first Test against Pakistan at the SuperSport Park.
Steyn had been stuck at 421 wickets since July but with the wicket of Fakhar Zaman at Centurion, he finally reached 422 wickets in just 89 matches. Pollock’s record of 421 wickets came in 108 games while Steyn took 19 less matches to overtake the record.
Steyn bowled a delivery outside off to Zaman and in attempt to chase it, Zaman got a thick outside edge and Dean Elgar took a regulation catch at third slip.
Youngster Kagiso Rabada lifted Steyn on his shoulder acknowledging the huge contribution of Steyn to South African cricket. On the commentary there was Shaun Pollock, whose record Steyn had just broken, and he said, “Steyn deserves to be the leading wicket taker for South Africa.”
In July against Sri Lanka, Steyn had made a comeback after recovering from a heel injury he sustained in January and equalled Pollock’s record in that series.
Almost half a year later, Steyn surpassed Pollock to own the record of most Test wickets for South Africa.
Considered one of the all-time greats in the sport, Steyn debuted for South Africa 14 years ago and is still one of the most lethal bowlers in the world.
nsidered one of the all-time greats in the sport, Steyn debuted for South Africa 14 years ago and is still one of the most lethal bowlers in the world.
In his career that spans from 2004 to date, Steyn has given away 9548 in the 17743 deliveries he has bowled. His strike is a solid 42 while his best innings figure is 7/51 and the best match figure is 11/60.