Veteran South African pacer Dale Steyn named five best batsmen that he has ever played against, which included former players Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. <p></p> <p></p>Steyn was doing an #AskDale session on Twitter and a fan ended up asked him about the best batsman that he had ever played against. His list also includes flamboyant batsmen Chris Gayle and Kevin Pietersen. <p></p> <p></p>"Faaak bud they all good ey! Ponting was prime, Sachin was a wall, Dravid, Gayle, KP, they were all so good!" Steyn replied. <p></p> <p></p>In another question when asked about pacers having perfect bowling action, the 36-year-old termed his team-mate Kagiso Rabada's action as "smoothest and easiest action to generate pace". Steyn also picked Australian speedster Pat Cummins as his close favourite bowler. <p></p> <p></p>"KG has probably the smoothest easiest action to generate pace. Pat C is also a close favorite," Steyn replied. <p></p> <p></p>Steyn had announced his retirement last year from the red-ball cricket, which he termed as the ultimate form of the game. <p></p> <p></p>Explaining his decision, Steyn said that it was in the best interest of prolonging his career. He continues to remain available for South Africa in both ODI and T20I. <p></p> <p></p>The fast bowler represented South Africa in 93 Tests and took 439 wickets at an average of 22.95. Steyn became the leading wicket-taker for his nation in the longest format after he went past Shaun Pollock in 2019. <p></p> <p></p>He was last seen in action during the Pakistan Super League as he represented Islamabad United. The pacer managed to take two wickets from four matches in the tournament. <p></p> <p></p>He last played a match for South Africa in February this year after representing the side in a T20I match against Australia.