South Africa pacer Dale Steyn who has been missing Test cricket recently due to multiple injuries, looks all-set to get back in the thick of things. But the 35-year old is a fast bowler and is 35, which is considered to be the twilight of one’s career. Also Read - Dale Steyn Reveals About Three Break-in Attempts at His Home, Asks South Africa to Stay Safe Amidst Coronavirus Lockdown
But Steyn has got a goal and he would look to work towards that. Steyn made a comeback against India last year in the Newlands Test, but his return was short-lived as he got inflicted with another injury that kept him away from the scene. Also Read - Dale Steyn Convinced of Dismissing Sachin Tendulkar Before His Maiden ODI Double Hundred, Says Worried Umpire Ian Gould Refused To Give India Legend Out
Steyn revealed that he would like to play 100 Tests and pick 500 wickets by the time he calls it a day. Also Read - Wouldn't Want to Face Josh Hazlewood in Test Cricket: Rohit Sharma
The Phalaborwa-born tear-away pacer has picked 419 wickets in 86 Tests.
The flurry of injuries made his detractors believe he may find it hard to get back into the national squad. However, the old-warhorse is now on the cusp of yet another comeback in Sri Lanka next week. Steyn has been included in South Africa’s Test squad. With only four pacers in the team, Steyn is more than likely to play the series-opener in Galle which begins on July 12. And Steyn has set his sight on some more accolades.
“A hundred Test matches would be amazing and 500 wickets would be incredible,” Steyn was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
Steyn is two wickets shy of Shaun Pollock’s record of highest wickets by a South African.
Earlier, he was the one who led the South African pace-battery in the 2015 Cricket World Cup and also was responsible of bowling the last final over in the semi-final against New Zealand and was hit for six by Grant Elliott off the penultimate ball. That broke the South African dream of reaching the finals.
With a resurgent Dale Steyn back, South Africa would dearly hope he remains injury free and helps South Africa clinch the 2019 Cricket World Cup.