50 Facts About Dale Steyn

1. Dale Steyn played a cameo role as himself in the 2014 Hollywood film Blended.

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2. Dale Steyn began playing cricket when he was just around 11 years old.

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3. Dale Steyn was chosen after just playing 8 first-class domestic matches and got drafted straight into the South African National cricket team squad.

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4. Dale Steyn is from a line of bowlers of the same mien as legends of cricket Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson.

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5. Dale Steyn broke the record he shared with Shaun Pollock with Fakhar Zaman becoming his 422nd victim.

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6. Dale Steyn picked stumps of  Babar Azam and Hasan Ali, both important wickets.

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7. Dale Steyn has an economy rate of 6.72 in his IPL career which is the seventh best in IPL history.

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8. Dale Steyn was bought by the Deccan Chargers for ₹1.2 million.

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9. Dale Steyn spent his first three seasons in the Indian Premier League with Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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10. Dale Steyn reached the landmark in 8 years and 16 days to become the second fastest South African bowler in terms of time taken after Shaun Pollock.

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11. Dale Steyn holds the record amongst all players who are currently playing Test cricket.

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12. Dale Steyn had mixed success in these three matches, taking wickets but proving expensive.

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13. Dale Steyn returned in the third Test, at Cape Town, when the selectors decided to rest Andre Nel and Shaun Pollock in preparation for the imminent 2007 Cricket World Cup.

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14. Dale Steyn picked up an injury whilst bowling early in India's first innings in the first Test at Johannesburg which prevented him from taking much further part in the game and ruled him out of the second Test.

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15. Dale Steyn finished the three Test series with 16 wickets at 26.00 and made a fine impression throughout.

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16. Dale Steyn earned US$325,000 for his appearance in the tournament.

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17. Dale Steyn has since become a regular in the South African One Day International team.

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18. Dale Steyn played well in the Friends Provident Trophy, a 50-over tournament, finishing as the leading wicket-taker for Warwickshire.

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19. Dale Steyn had a second stint in England, playing for Warwickshire in the first half of the 2007 English season.

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20. Dale Steyn failed to make a big impact in his initial outing in County Championship cricket, taking 14 wickets at 59.85.

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21. Dale Steyn went back to playing for the Titans after failing to impress in his first three Tests.

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22. Dale Steyn was named Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World for the year 2013 in 2014 Wisden Cricketers' Almanack.

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23. Dale Steyn was named one of the Wisden cricketers of the year in 2013.

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24. Dale Steyn currently has the best bowling strike rate of all time in Test match cricket.

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25. Dale Steyn is widely regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time.

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26. In 2007, Dale Steyn performed exceedingly well and cemented his place in the team.

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27. Dale Steyn was born on 27 June 1983 and had his own share of struggles while growing up.

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28. Dale Steyn has a good record in domestic cricket specially in IPL where he plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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29. Dale Steyn is as well rewarded with the ICC 2008 Test Cricketer of the Year Award and was named as the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World for the year 2013 and 2014.

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30. Dale Steyn helped beat the England cricket team with his amazing bowling skills.

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31. In that game, Dale Steyn took a ten-wicket haul to help South Africa to their first Test series victory against the Aussies since readmission.

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32. Dale Steyn started fulfilling the promise he showed early in his career at around 2007 when he operated in a pace attack which included Makhaya Ntini and, sometimes, Jacques Kallis.

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33. Dale Steyn will round off their bowling attack along with George Linde, Andile Phehlukwayo, Malusi Siboto and Dane Piedt.

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34. Dale Steyn has gained some form in the tournament and would pose a tough challenge for the Giants batsmen.

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35. Dale Steyn made a cameo appearance as "some guy named Dale" in the movie, Blended, featuring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.

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36. Dale Steyn is usually considered a tail-ender when batting and usually bats at number nine.

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37. Dale Steyn is an extremely competitive cricketer and often celebrates vigorously after taking a wicket.

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38. Dale Steyn was one of the players to go for over a million dollars in the auction for the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League.

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39. Dale Steyn was the pick of the bowlers taking five wickets for 23 runs, dismissing Sehwag and Rahul Dravid then mopping up the last three batsmen for the cost of 11 runs.

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40. Dale Steyn was included in the Test team to play Sri Lanka away in a two match series in July and August 2006.

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41. Dale Steyn made his debut for South Africa on 17 December 2004 in the first Test of England's tour.

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42. Dale Steyn signed to play in the Indian Premier League in 2008, playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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43. Dale Steyn went to England in 2005 to play for Essex, appearing in seven matches between May and June.

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44. Dale Steyn made his first-class debut for Northerns on 17 October 2003.

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45. Dale Steyn began playing cricket when he was around 11 years old and he received a Hansie Cronje cricket set as a Christmas gift.

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46. Dale Steyn played a cameo as himself in the 2014 Hollywood film Blended.

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47. Dale Steyn dominated the number one spot in the ICC test rankings during the peak of his career, for a record 263 weeks between 2008 and 2014.

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48. South Africa paceman Dale Steyn says he's intrigued about how Australian players will behave during the upcoming three-match ODI series, starting in Perth on Sunday.

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49. Dale Steyn returned to South Africa's squad during the three-match home series against Zimbabwe after a lengthy injury-enforced.

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50. South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn is fired-up ahead of the four-match ODI series against Australia starting Sunday at Perth.

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