South Africa legend Dale Steyn announced his retirement from Test cricket on Monday.
The 36-year-old, who played the last of his 93 Tests against Sri Lanka in February this year, scalped 439 wickets during his career, making him the leading wicket-taker in South African Test history.
Fast bowler Steyn, the eighth leading wicket-taker in history, will continue to be available for one-day and T20 internationals.
Meanwhile, Twitterati can’t stop showering love and appreciation for Steyn on an excellent Test career.
Here’s how Twitter lauded Steyn
The greatest of his generation. Stats don’t lie and @DaleSteyn62 test stats is the best . I know how much test cricket means to you bud and how badly you still wanted to achieve more . Hopefully we will still see a lot of this action. #🐐 pic.twitter.com/qMglFgfZ9U
— Faf Du Plessis (@faf1307) August 5, 2019
Too many memories to mention! We started together many years back and I had the privilege and front row seats of watching @DaleSteyn62 turn into the best bowler of his time. You are the greatest, an even better… https://t.co/Ujgv54bKTI
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) August 5, 2019
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) August 5, 2019
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) August 5, 2019
Take A Bow – @DaleSteyn62! You’ve been the best fast bowler in this modern day era!
Pleasure to play against you and with you! Let’s sink some beers in the bush soon…!
Retirement is SOOOO good!
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) August 5, 2019
I love you @DaleSteyn62
— Chris Morris (@Tipo_Morris) August 5, 2019
Dale Steyn has retired from Test cricket.
Today is a sad day.
— Derek Alberts (@derekalberts1) August 5, 2019
— Mpumelelo Mbangwa (@mmbangwa) August 5, 2019
— Roelof van der Merwe (@Roela52) August 5, 2019
Without a shadow of a doubt the best bowler I’ve played with in every condition 🙌🏼 Besides the skill he was the probably the coolest fast bowler around 🛹 🎣 🏄🔥 Welcome to the real world @DaleSteyn62 #legend Loved every minute of how you played your heart out for our country👌🏼
— Robin John Peterson (@robbie13flair) August 5, 2019
— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) August 5, 2019
@DaleSteyn62 Dalo! I'm really saddened to hear about your retirement today but I'm certainly celebrating your career with millions of others around the world. A true great, a fierce competitor, a wonderful bloke off the pitch. And a proper knock in Bloem that day. Go well bud pic.twitter.com/qkw04yloTr
— Brendan Taylor (@BrendanTaylor86) August 5, 2019
One of the very best…. https://t.co/kAq7OjRFqF
— Jason Gillespie 🌱 (@dizzy259) August 5, 2019
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) August 5, 2019
After 93 Tests and 439 Test wickets, the Proteas speedster today bids adieu to Test cricket. We enjoyed the contest in whites with you.
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 5, 2019
One of the greatest of all time @DaleSteyn62 says goodbye to test cricket, a form of the game he adorned and enriched. He was one of the great sights of our game, gliding in, swinging the ball at speed. He has a place in history.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 5, 2019
Dale Steyn is once in a generation cricketer, was the No. 1 Test bowler for nearly 6 years. Arguably the only one from this era who can match the great fast bowlers of the 80s & 90s. If you have watched him bowl, you have seen pace bowling at its very best. Farewell @DaleSteyn62!
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) August 5, 2019
A cricketing great bids adieu to Test cricket 🙌
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) August 5, 2019
Gutted and shocked to hear that #DaleSteyn is retiring from test cricket. One bowler who dominated in the batsmen's era. Unarguably, the greatest bowler of this generation in test cricket. Sad that injuries took a toll on his cricket. A huge loss to Test cricket. #ThankYouSteyn pic.twitter.com/t6cJVajHZS
— George Vijay (@VijayIsMyLife) August 5, 2019
1 Unstoppable Force
Your Lit Deliveries Will Be Missed In Test Cricket Dale Steyn, Cheers On Completing A Great Career With The Red Ball! 👊🏽 #ThankYouSteyn @DaleSteyn62 pic.twitter.com/ehSA9KyK4F
— Prathamesh Avachare (@onlyprathamesh) August 5, 2019