Cricket: As Dale Steyn closes the chapter on his One-Day International career, what’s next?

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After playing 116 ODI games & claiming 180 scalps for the Proteas, Dale Steyn would like to play ODI cricket once more.

Steyn won’t play during the upcoming Sri Lanka limited-overs tour at their home turf.

Not even this South African summer v Zimbabwe, Pakistan & Sri Lanka.

However, next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup in England will be the perfect opportunity to conclude his chapter in the International 50-Over scene.

Dale Steyn’s ODI Bowling Career

  • 115 Innings
  • 5821 Balls
  • 4793 Runs
  • 180 Wickets
  • 6/39: Best Bowling Figures/Bowling Match, 2nd ODI v Pakistan on November 27, 2013, at Port Elizabeth
  • Average: 26.62
  • Economy Rate: 4.94
  • Strike Rate: 32.3
  • 4fer: 4
  • 5fer: 3

His ODI Batting Performances

  • 47 Innings
  • 11 Times Not Out
  • 298 Runs
  • 461 Balls faced
  • Highest Score: 35
  • Strike Rate: 64.64
  • 26 4s
  • Eight 6s
  • 26 catches

Can Dale Steyn deliver one last time with the ICC World Cup Trophy in his sights?

What an illustrious career by the “Steyn Remover” who has been a world beater for the Proteas in all three formats.

He hasn’t played a single ODI match though since 2016 where we saw a lot of new players breaking into the 50-Over Squad.

And right now this 50-Over Squad does consist a lot of new seamers:

  • Junior Dala
  • Andile Phehlukwayo
  • Wiaan Mulder
  • Lungi Ngidi

Though Steyn still wants to play next year’s World Cup which is all that everyone wants to do to add into their CVs.

And it’s going to be his last 50-Over tournament with one last chance to see not only how he will strike with the ball.

But the final wish Steyn will like to finish writing his ODI journey is taking the World Cup trophy home to the millions of South Africans witnessing and loving the game.

It’s his only chance now on his bucket list because, by the time the 2023 Cricket World Cup starts in India, Steyn’s body will be much tired at 40.

What else Steyn wants to do after the 2019 Cricket World Cup?

He likes to play test cricket as long as he can considering he’s 35 right now.

It’s hard to tell since Steyn came back to the test arena in Sri Lanka after a very long spell with his injuries for nearly two years.

Yes, he did pick up a scalp during the first test in Galle where he tied Shaun Pollock’s record to 421 out of South Africa’s all-time wicket-takers in tests.

However, Steyn didn’t pick up any wickets to move past Pollock at all this time around in Colombo.

Sure Linda Zondi, Cricket South Africa’s Convenor of Selectors, will keep the faith in Steyn.

That way, Steyn will be firing up fully prepared & move past Pollock as their top test wicket taker.

Who knows?

It could happen during this Boxing Day or the start of next year.

And then we’ll see if Steyn can achieve even more wickets at an ideal target of around 450 or 500.

Plus breaking into the 100-cap mark and even much more test appearances as possible.

It’s tough to ask at this stage.

But if Steyn can keep himself fit & not get injured, then this is another goal that he can tick off on his bucket list before eventually retiring from all cricket.

And anything else?

Dale Steyn will continue playing with the Titans in South African Domestic Cricket mainly in the red-ball game for now.

Chances of him playing Twenty20 Franchise Matches overseas such as the Big Bash League in Australia or the IPL in India isn’t his priorities on Steyn’s wish list.

Even T20 games at home such as the upcoming CSA’s Franchise Tournament, not so sure.

But again there’s little to no chance that Steyn will play Twenty20 or 50-Over cricket.

Instead, we will see the “Steyn Remover” getting the job done in the long-form game.

That way, Steyn can spend more time reducing his heavy workload by keeping a bit sharper in fitness.

Plus he can spend his off-time with his hobbies of which Steyn regularly updates via social media.

Steyn is now back in South Africa after his recent test return for some well-earned rest & bowling again in the nets soon.

For now, well bowled on his illustrious ODI career to Dale Steyn.

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