History was scripted at the Sher-e-Bangla International Stadium in Mirpur Dhaka on the first day of the second Test match between Bangladesh and South Africa, when Proteas speedster Dale Steyn picked up his 400th wicket in his 80th match by dismissing Tamim Iqbal.
The ball was pitched wide outside the off stump; Iqbal went for a wild drive and ended up edging the ball to South Africa skipper Hashim Amla who was positioned in the slip cordon.
Steyn became the 13th bowler in the history of Test cricket to pick up 400 wickets and he is not done yet.
How would one describe Steyn? It's a question that comes across the minds of many cricket fanatics. He has got fiery pace, he can swing the bowl both ways and he can unsettle any batsman with his quick short deliveries. It is almost like a hybrid of the best combinations that a skipper would want in his strike bowler. And Steyn has been delivering the same for 11 years and counting.
He made his Test debut against England at Port Elizabeth in 2004.
He has reached the 400-wicket milestone in 80 matches, equalling the record of Richard Hadlee. Steyn has the unique record of picking up a wicket every seven overs, which is even better than legends such as Malcolm Marshall, Waqar Younis, and Fred Trueman.
"I hope he gets to 500 wickets because that's what he wants to do. That's what he said to me and if he does, that will be stupendous. What separates him from the rest is his competitive edge. He has hunger. When he gets up in the morning, his goal for the day is that he wants to be the guy who makes the biggest difference for the team.
"He answered the call. He took on the responsibility after South Africa lost Shaun Pollock and Makhaya Ntini to be the spearhead. When he is in top form, his accuracy combined with his aggression and skill, just makes for an awesome package." Dale is fighting his way back. Top sportsmen always find a way and he will too. He has a lot left. He is so lean and light on his feet that he can keep going for a good while yet," former South African pacer Allan Donald said in an interview to Espn Cricinfo on Thursday.
Steyn might just turn out to be South Africa's greatest bowling spearhead of all times. He is one of the most dangerous when he is on song. His deliveries are venomous enough to pull a batsman out of a feather bed.
The cricket fraternity has reacted on Twitter to Steyn's 400th scalp. Below are some of the tweets that prove that the cricketing world respects Steyn as one of the greatest sportsman of this generation:
— Graeme Smith (@GraemeSmith49) July 30, 2015
Dale Steyn...400...nothing more to say! #hero
— Chris Morris (@Tipo_Morris) July 30, 2015
— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) July 30, 2015
When the bowling Gods were putting together a fast bowler they must have been pretty chuffed in what they cobbled together in @DaleSteyn62.
— Jean Smyth (@JeanSmyth) July 30, 2015