The 35-year-old Dale Steyn, playing his 89th Test, took his 422nd wicket to enter unchartered territory. @ Twitter/ICC
The 35-year-old Dale Steyn, playing his 89th Test, took his 422nd wicket to enter unchartered territory. @ Twitter/ICC

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 after dismissing Fakhar Zaman to set the record. He is currently joint eleventh in the all-time list of wicket-takers in Test cricket.

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December 2004: Test debut against England in Port Elizabeth. A fast late-swinging delivery to bowl Michael Vaughan shows his potential but it takes him another two years to become an established member of the Test team.

April 2006: First five-wicket haul, 5-47 v New Zealand, Centurion.

November 2007: First ten-wicket match haul, 10-93 v New Zealand, Johannesburg.

January 2008: 100th wicket in 20th Test, Junaid Siddique (Bangladesh), Chittagong.

February 2010: Career-best innings figures, 7-51 v India, Nagpur.

June 2010: 200th wicket in 39th Test, Sulaiman Benn (West Indies), Port-of-Spain.

January 2013: 300th wicket in 61st Test, Doug Bracewell (New Zealand), Cape Town.

February 2013: Career-best match figures, 11-60 v Pakistan, Johannesburg.

July 2015: 400th wicket in 80th Test, Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh), Mirpur.

December 2018: 422nd wicket in 89th Test, Fakhar Zaman (Pakistan), Centurion.