Author: Abhishek Rajan
Dale Steyn has gone past Imran Tahir to become South Africa’s leading wicket-taker in T20 international cricket.
Steyn could have achieved the feat long back, but he has not been playing T20 cricket for South Africa on a regular basis in the recent times.
However, with the T20 World Cup approaching, he has been brought back into the mix for the T20I series against England and the veteran bowled excellently on his comeback.
Steyn removed England’s most dangerous T20 batsman Jos Buttler and made sure England didn’t get off to an ideal start in the pursuit of their chase of 178.
Buttler tried to hit Steyn on the up on a surface where the ball was holding a little bit. The English wicket-keeper ended up mistiming the shot and was caught.
Buttler could have made the mockery of the target and could have taken the game away from South Africa pretty quickly and his dismissal was a huge moment in the game.
The game eventually went in South Africa’s favor as they beat England by one run.
Buttler was Steyn’s 62nd wicket from 45 T20 international games that the 36-year old has played for the Proteas so far in his career.
Steyn already held the record of grabbing the most number of scalps in Test match cricket for South Africa and he has now got the same record to his name in the shortest format of the game as well.
The legendary fast bowler has made it clear that he intends to feature for South Africa in the upcoming T20 World Cup to be played in Australia.
“This one (T20 World Cup) would be a nice one to go to and then finish off and reassess after the end of this year and then I will kind of figure out what I want to do.” Steyn was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
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