Dale Steyn might just be the best fast bowler of all time. It is a huge call, but few bowlers have demonstrated such control, and still be able to deliver the ball at over 145 km/h.
The world’s number one ranked bowler for three of the past four years, Steyn is the leader of a South African pack that is keen to maintain its ranking as the best Test playing nation in the world.
Incredibly, Steyn didn’t have a very smooth start to his career, picking up eight wickets at a costly 52 against England. After being dropped, the menacing quick returned with a vengeance, and has been terrorising batsmen ever since.
Australians will remember him from the Boxing Day Test back in 2008, where Steyn and JP Duminy combined for a 9th wicket stand of 180 to break Aussie spirits.
Dale Steyn is the fastest South African bowler to reach the 100 wicket milestone, and also boasts the best strike-rate of anyone to play more than 20 tests.
With plenty of miles left on the odometer, Steyn is on track for a possible 500 wicket career, having taken 350 in his 69 Test matches to date. In comparison, Dennis Lillee took 355 wickets in his 70 match career.
The fiery quick has also had a glittering affiliation with both ODI and T20 cricket. A match-winning 5/50 against India at the 2011 World Cup stole the show against one of the most formidable batting line-ups of all time. Meanwhile, 197 wickets in T20 cricket at an economy rate of just 6.30 makes him one of the most sought after quicks on the planet.
Few bowlers have been able to combine raw speed and perfectly controlled swing to the extent that Steyn has been able to produce. He bowls just as well to left-handers as he does to right-handed batsmen, if not better.
In a side of bowling superstars, it is scary to think that he is head and shoulders above the rest.