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 150 km/h.
The world’s number one ranked bowler for the past three 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 4th best strike rate of all time.
Still under 30, Steyn is on track for a possible 500 wicket career, having taken 287 in his 57 Test matches to date.
The fiery quick has also had a glittering affiliation with both ODI and T20 cricket. A career best 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, 117 wickets in T20 cricket at an economy rate of just 6.56 makes him one of the most sought after quicks on the planet. He has signed on as a guest player for the Brisbane Heat in the upcoming KFC T20 Big Bash.
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.
Steyn had a terrific game against Australia A at the SCG, finishing with match figures of 4/58 in difficult conditions for bowlers.
In a side of bowling superstars, it is scary to think that he is head and shoulders above the rest.