South Africa’s swing king Dale Steyn has achieved another feat for the national side. He has now become the leading wicket-taker for South Africa in T20Is. Steyn achieved the milestone in the first game of the three-match T20I series against England. The Proteas won the thrilling encounter by one run.
Overall, Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga is the leading T20I wicket charts with 106 wickets to his name. He is followed by Shahid Afridi (96), Shakib al Hasan (92) and Umar Gul (85).
Steyn is one of the most prolific bowlers for South Africa. He holds the record for being Proteas leading wicket-taker in Test cricket. He has 439 wickets to his name in 93 Tests. In 145 ODIs, he has scalped 196 wickets.
Dale Steyn Achieves Incredible Record for South Africa:
The speedster Steyn has now become the leading wicket-taker for South Africa in shortest version of the game. He now has 62 wickets in 45 games for the Proteas. He has surpassed Imran Tahir, who had 61 wickets in 35 games for the Proteas.
Besides, the lanky pacer Morne Morkel is third on the list with 46 wickets.
Steyn has suffered a lot of injuries in recent years as he is nearing his retirement. He suffered a career-threatening shoulder injury during South Africa’s tour of Australia in November 2016. Since then, he has featured in just eight Tests, nine ODIs and three T20Is for the Proteas.
Steyn has already said that he wishes to participate in this year’s T20 World Cup as he feels his vast experience of 15 years in international cricket will prove crucial to lead the Proteas quicks in Australia.
Recently, pacer Lungi Nidid’s final over proved to be the turning point of the South Africa-England game, as he successfully defended seven runs in the over picking up two crucial wickets.
Ngidi was awarded the Man of the Match for his brilliant effort with the ball. The Proteas lead three-match T20I series 1-0.