Dale Steyn played in an era that was majorly ruled by fast bowlers. This fast bowler maintained below 40 average for batters, and matches finishing inside four days have been quite the norm in the last decade and a half.
Several factors may have contributed to that including the growing popularity of T20 cricket giving rise to errors in batters’ technique but the quality of fast bowling remains the most prominent one.
Steyn’s athlete-like run-up, smooth approach to the bowling crease and an action that allowed natural out swing made him one of the best fast bowlers to have ever played the game.
With an average of 22.95 in 93 Tests, the former South African speedster ranks amongst the biggest match-winners.
Injuries gave him a hard time towards the end of his career, otherwise he could have joined the likes of James Anderson, Glenn McGrath, Stuart Broad, and Courtney Walsh in the 500-club.
With this, it is hard to imagine that the former South African bowler can be as good in anything other than fast bowling but the former right-arm seamer has proven time and again that he is equally good on social media.
Steyn’s witty side again came to the fore when a fan replied to his tweet claiming that India’s Jasprit Bumrah is a better fast bowler than him.
To this tweet, Steyn replied, “I’m sure he is, I’m retired.”
After making his debut in 2015 in Australia, Bumrah has fast-risen as India’s go-to pacer in all three formats of the game.
The right-arm pacer who is busy playing IPL 2022 with the Mumbai Indians, has shown early signs of becoming an all-time great but comparisons with Steyn might be a bit premature.
In the previous IPL matches, Steyn represented Deccan Chargers, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Royal Challengers Bangalore.