South African legend and their highest-wicket taker in Tests Dale Steyn has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Tuesday.
The 38-year-old took to Twitter and said that he was “bittersweet but grateful.”
“And it’s been a long December and there’s reason to believe maybe this year will be better than last,” Steyn said in his statement. “I can’t remember all the times I tried to tell myself to hold on to these moments as they pass.
“It’s been 20 years since training, matches, travel, wins, losses, strapped feet, jetlag, joy, and brotherhood. There are too many memories to tell. Too many faces to thank. So I left it to the experts to sum up, my favourite band, the Counting Crows.
“Today I officially retire from the game I love the most. Bittersweet but grateful. Thank you everyone, from family to teammates, journalists to fans, it’s been an incredible journey together.”
Steyn took 439 wickets in 93 Test matches before announcing his retirement from the five-day format in 2019. In the 50-over format, the pacer represented his country in 125 matches and bagged 196 wickets while he featured in 47 games in T20Is and picked up 64 scalps.