South African speedster Dale Steyn created history on the first day of the Boxing Day Test against Pakistan as he became the highest wicket-taker for South Africa in Test cricket.
Steyn had been stuck at 421 wickets since July but with the dismissal of Fakhar Zaman at the SuperSport Park in Centurion, he finally reached 422 wickets in just 89 matches.
Shaun Pollock’s record of 421 wickets came in 108 Test matches while Steyn took 19 less games to overtake the record.
The 35-year-old quick has struggled with injuries for the past two years and was making just his fourth appearance in the longest format since reaching 417 wickets in November 2016.
Proteas greats AB de Villiers and Graeme Smith led the tributes to Steyn on social media following his achievement.
Dale Steyn, we salute you! What a man, what a player. Fitting that “Simply the best” is playing at Supersport Park, where everything started! Congrats legend @DaleSteyn62
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) December 26, 2018
— Graeme Smith (@GraemeSmith49) December 26, 2018
Well deserved for a true champion. Lengend of a cricketer and a legend of a bloke. https://t.co/qUC99pgvAL
— Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) December 26, 2018
— Mark Boucher (@markb46) December 26, 2018
— Shaun Pollock (@7polly7) December 26, 2018
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 26, 2018
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 26, 2018
— VINOD KAMBLI (@vinodkambli349) December 26, 2018
— Tabraiz Shamsi (@shamsi90) December 26, 2018
Well done @DaleSteyn62 Well deserved. The work you put in behind closed doors pays off. This is a perfect example.Hopefully many more wickets still lie ahead 🥂
— Jacques Kallis (@jacqueskallis75) December 26, 2018
Didn’t waste much time getting to 422 test poles this morning. @7polly7 will be proud there’s no doubt. I asked @DaleSteyn62 if he would love 500 test wickets and he said..Not sure if my body would allow it? Well you look fit, strong and motivated pal so let’s do this👊 pic.twitter.com/3PQnesb8Ov
— Allan Donald (@AllanDonald33) December 26, 2018
Congrats to the coolest surfing, fishing , skateboarding fast bowler on the planet on becoming the leading wicket taker in Test cricket for South Africa 🇿🇦🙌🏼🥂 Dale Steyn you beauty… https://t.co/GrAIortFaC
— Robin John Peterson (@robbie13flair) December 26, 2018
— David Miller (@DavidMillerSA12) December 26, 2018
— Morne Morkel (@mornemorkel65) December 26, 2018
— Ryan Harris (@r_harris413) December 26, 2018