Dale Steyn, the legendary South African fast bowler, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Tuesday, bringing an end to a glorious career in which he faced some of the greatest batsmen of all time.
The 38-year-old announced his retirement on Twitter, after a 17-year career in which he represented the Proteas in 93 Tests, 125 ODIs, and 47 T20Is.
“Today I officially retire from the game I love the most. Bitter sweet but grateful. Thank you to everyone, from family to teammates, journalists to fans, its been an incredible journey together,” he wrote.
“‘And it’s been a long December and there’s reason to believe. Maybe this year will be better than the last I can’t remember all the times I tried to tell myself to hold on to these moments as they pass’,” Steyn wrote in his retirement letter, quoting a song from American rock band Counting Crows to convey his emotions.
“It’s been 20 years of training, matches, travel, wins, losses, strapped feat, jet lag, joy, and brotherhood. There are too many memories to tell. To many faces to thank. So I left it to the experts to sum up, my favourite band, the Counting Crows,” he added.
Steyn had retired from Test cricket in 2019.