Dale Steyn is now South Africa's most successful Test bowler. @ Twitter
Dale Steyn is now South Africa’s most successful Test bowler. @ Twitter

Dale Steyn became South Africa’s most successful bowler in history surpassing Shaun Pollock as he broke the record for the most number of Test wickets during the first Test against Pakistan at the Centurion on Wednesday. The 35-year-old Steyn, playing in his 89th Test, snapped his 422nd wicket set the record and is currently joint eleventh in the all-time list of wicket-takers in Test cricket.

1st Test, South Africa vs Pakistan: SCORECARD

Sri Lanka spin great Muttiah Muralitharan leads the chart with 800 while the top fast bowler is England’s James Anderson with 565.

Steyn, who looked set to create history on Wednesday, entered unchartered territory when he took the wicket of Fakhar Zaman, who edged it to Dean Elgar in the slip cordon and depart for 12.

Former South Africa captain AB de Villiers was the first to congratulate Steyn as tributes poured in on Twitter.