Dale Steyn Breaks Shaun Pollock’s Record, Becomes Most Wicket-Taking Bowler for South Africa During Boxing Day Test 2018
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Dale Steyn surpassed Shaun Pollock’s record of claiming most number of wickets for South Africa in Test cricket, on Wednesday. Steyn took his 422nd wicket in Test cricket while playing against Pakistan in the first Test match at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. The record was held by Shaun Pollock, who had taken 421 wickets in his career.

The right-handed fast bowler achieved the record-breaking feat in the seventh over, after he dismissed Fakhar Zaman. While picking his 422nd wicket, Dale Steyn broke the record which stood for over a decade.

Dale Steyn has 422 wickets in his 15-year career so far. It took him 89 Test matches to become the most wicket-taking bowler for South Africa. Now, the 35-year-old would be eyeing Sir Richard Hadlee’s record of 431 wickets.

List of Most Wicket-taking Bowlers of South Africa:

Sr. No. Players Matches Wickets BBI Avg. 5WI 10WI
1. Dale Steyn 89* 422* 7/51 22.61 25 5
2. Shaun Pollock 108 421 7/87 23.11 16 1
3. M Ntini 101 390 7/37 28.82 18 4
4. Allan Donald 72 330 8/71 22.25 20 3
5. Morne Morkel 86 309 6/23 27.66 8 0

One of the most fearsome bowlers in the decade that went by, Dale Steyn continues to be a force to reckon in the current crop of contemporary bowlers. Not as much effective as he was in his prime, Steyn has continued to lead the South African bowling attack despite several injury issues. Stay tuned with us for all the latest updates about South Africa vs Pakistan Test Series 2018-19!