Dale Steyn has become South Africa’s leading Test wicket-taker by dismissing Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman within the initial Test at SuperSport Park, Centurion.
Fakhar edged to Dean Elgar at second slip to allow Steyn his 422nd wicket and take him past Shaun Pollock, whose record had stood since he quit in 2008.
Steyn’s haul has come in 89 matches, at an average of 22.60, while Pollock averaged 23.11 across 108 matches.
“He could be a true leader of the attack and deserves the record,” aforementioned Pollock.
The former quick bowler was commentating on tv at the time of the wicket and offered a thumbs-up signal to 35-year-old Steyn, responded with an equivalent gesture when being upraised shoulder-high by celebrating team-mates.
Only for a series of injuries, that unbroken him out of twenty seven Test matches, Steyn would sure have reached the mark sooner.
He took his four-hundredth Test wicket in his eightieth check in June 2015 on the other hand was dominated out of action with a groin injury midway through a Test in India later that year, before 2 shoulder injuries.
He came back for the series against India in January this year however suffered a heel injury within the initial Test that caused him to miss the remainder of the series and therefore the ulterior series against Australia.
Before the groin strain, he had compete in forty eight consecutive checks from Dec 2009 to Nov 2015 and was high of the ICC Test bowling rankings for a record 263 weeks.
Steyn is currently eleventh on his own on the uncomparable list, wanting to match New Zealand’s Richard Hadlee on 431 to assert a place within the high 10.
The list is junction rectifier by Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan who took 800 check wickets whereas England’s James Anderson is that the leading quick bowler on the list, having taken 565 wickets