Dale Steyn
South Arican pacer Dale Steyn

Dale Steyn has become South Africa’s leading wicket-taker in the shortest format of the game. Steyn achieved the feat during the first of three-match T20I series against here at the Buffalo Park on Sunday.

Proteas won the game by a run after restricting the ‘Three Lions’ to 176. In the third over of the England inning, Steyn got the wicket of Jos Butler, which took him past spinner, Imran Tahir.

The veteran pacer now has 62 dismissals to his name in the shortest format while Tahir has 61 in the bag. It took Steyn 45 matches to reach the 62-wicket mark while Tahir scalped 61 wickets in 35 matches.

Morne Morkel is third in the list of leading Proteas wicket-takers in T20Is with 46 wickets.

Overall, Veteran Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga leads the wicket-taking charts in T20I with 106 dismissals to his name. Maling is then followed by Shahid Afridi (96), Shakib al Hasan (92) and Umar Gul (85).

Also, Steyn is South Africa’s leading wicket-taker in Test cricket. The 36-year-old has 439 wickets to his name in 93 Tests. In 145 ODIs, he has bagged 196 wickets.

On Sunday, Steyn played his first match for the Proteas in almost a year, having overcome a recurring shoulder injury, which almost ended his career back in 2016.

Since then, Steyn has played in just eight Tests, nine ODIs and three T20Is.

Earlier, Steyn expressed his desire of representing South Africa at the ICC T20 World Cup, which will be played later this year in Australia.

 

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