Dale Steyn returned to international cricket after November 2016    AFP
Dale Steyn returned to international cricket after November 2016 AFP

Dale Steyn was at par with India’s off-spinner Harbhajan Singh (417 Test scalps) when he got injured during the Australia tour in November 2016. A shoulder injury kept the 34-year-old out of action for more than a year. It isn’t easy for any pacer to revamp his career after such a jolt, but Steyn believed in himself. He was expected to don the whites in the four-day Test versus Zimbabwe, but Steyn was destined to make a comeback against India. On Day One of the first Test at Cape Town, Steyn took few overs to get going and surpass Harbhajan. In this way, Steyn is now among the top ten wicket-takers.

P M Wkts. Avg. Econ 5-fors
Muttiah Muralitharan (ICC/SL) 133 800 22.72 2.47 67
Shane Warne (AUS) 145 708 25.41 2.65 37
Anil Kumble (INDIA) 132 619 29.65 2.69 35
Glenn McGrath (AUS) 124 563 21.64 2.49 29
James Anderson (ENG) 134* 523 27.39 2.9 25
Courney Walsh (WI) 132 519 24.44 2.53 22
Kapil Dev (INDIA) 131 434 29.64 2.78 23
Richard Hadlee (NZ) 86 431 22.29 2.63 36
Shaun Pollock (SA) 108 421 23.11 2.39 16
Dale Steyn (SA) 86* 418 22.29 3.22 26

Steyn is only behind former South African skipper Shaun Pollock (421). With four more wickets, Steyn will become the highest wicket-taker from his country in the longer format. Overall, Steyn has 656 international victims from 244 matches.

Shikhar Dhawan became Steyn’s 418th scalp during the first match of the three-Test series. In the fag end of Day One at Cape Town, Steyn’s delivery with extra pace and bounce outdid his former Sunrisers Hyderabad teammate. The South African pacer would like to consolidate and keep Indians on their toes in Day Two as well.