Dale Steyn surpasses Shaun Pollock as South Africa’s leading wicket-taker
Dale Steyn is now South Africa's most successful Test bowler.

Dale Steyn has become South Africa’s all-time leading Test bowler, surpassing Shaun Pollock’s mark of 421 wickets with the scalp of Fakhar Zaman on day of the Boxing Day Test versus Pakistan at Centurion.

The 35-year-old quick, playing his 89th Test, took his 422nd wicket to enter unchartered territory.

The landmark came off the first ball of Steyn’s fourth over when Fakhar edged to Dean Elgar at third slip for 12, leaving Pakistan at 17/2.

On the overall list of Test cricket’s most successful bowlers, Steyn is at 11th place. Among active cricketers, only Jame Anderson (565) and Stuart Broad (433) are ahead. Pollock claimed 421 wickets in 108 Test matches at an average of 23.11 while striking every 57.8 deliveries.

Steyn has claims to being the the greatest fast bowler of his generation, with a strike-rate of 42 and success all around the globe. His strike-rate is the lowest for all fast bowlers with 200 wickets since 2000 and with 421 wickets in this period he is the third most successful fast bowler behind Anderson and Broad but who have higher averages.

In 2008, Steyn reached the pinnacle of the ICC Test bowler rankings and occupied the slot for a record 263 weeks. He became the second South African bowler to claim 400 Test wickets in record time, but a series of injuries over the past few years have slowed his progress to Pollock’s mark.

Most wickets for South Africa in Tests:

Player

Matches

Wickets

Average

BBI

BBM

5-fors

10-fors

Dale Steyn

89*

422

22.62

7/51

11/60

26

5

Shaun Pollock

108

421

23.11

7/87

10/147

16

1

Mkhaya Ntini

101

390

28.82

7/37

13/132

18

4

Alan Donald

72

330

22.25

8/71

12/139

20

3

Morne Morkel

86

309

27.66

6/23

9/110

8

0