Last Updated on September 8, 2018 by mybiohub
Dale Willem Steyn was born on 27 June, 1983. He is a South African cricketer who plays in Tests. Dale grew up in the small town of Phalaborwa on the border of the world-famous wildlife haven, the Kruger National Park. Active and energetic, he was naturally drawn to sports. His love of being outdoors led him also to more solitary activities such as bass fishing and skateboarding. Steyn began playing cricket when he was around 11 years old and he received a Hansie Cronje cricket set as a Christmas gift. Family games on the lawn soon led to a place in the school cricket team. During his high school years at Merensky High School in the town of Tzaneen, he had exceptional pace and a raw talent, but a career in cricket didn’t seem possible. “When you live in a small town and there is just a handful of players, it doesn’t really count that you may be the cream of the crop,” Steyn comments “People might say you’re destined for great things. But when you’re in a small town, what are the chances?”
T20 Internationals and One Day International cricket for South Africa. Often regarded as one of the best bowlers in the world. Steyn plays domestic cricket in South Africa for Cape Cobras. He is a right-arm fast bowler, and can bowl at speeds of around 145–156 km/h (his fastest being recorded at 156.2 km/h during the 2010 IPL, Bangalore Royal Challengers against Kolkata Knight Riders). His fastest ball in international cricket was clocked at 155.7 km/h (96.8 mph) against New Zealand, making him tied for 4th fastest active bowler with Lasith Malinga as of 3 January 2015. He held the record for the fastest South African to reach 100 wickets in Test Match cricket, a feat he achieved on 2 March 2008. Before Ravichandran Ashwin broke the record, Dale Steyn held the record of taking the most number of wickets – 78 – in a home season, 2007–08.
Dale made his debut for South Africa on 17 December 2004 in the first Test of England’s tour. His first victim in Test cricket was Marcus Trescothick whom he bowled with a fast in-swinging delivery. However, his overall performance was underwhelming, he took eight wickets at an average of 52.00 and he was dropped after bowling poorly in England’s second innings of the fourth Test in January 2005, bowling eight no balls in nine overs which went for 47 runs. England won the match by 77 runs.