Job Well Done Award: Dale Steyn (South African Cricketer)
Dale Steyn is one of South Africa’s best cricketers. Steyn was born in 1983 in Phalaborwa (in the Limpopo province) and started his first class cricket career at Northerns (a team that eventually merged with Easterns to become the Titans) in 2003. He didn’t attract much attention during his first season, but impressed selectors in the 2004/2005 season and got called up to play for the Proteas in a test series against England.
Steyn didn’t play that well in his first test series for South Africa, so he went to England to play county cricket and returned to South Africa in time for the 2005/2006 season. He impressed selectors again and got called up for the Proteas for a test series against New Zealand. Since then he has cemented himself as one of the country’s top bowlers, proving time and time again that he’s definitely one of the best in the world. To date Steyn has appeared in more than 70 test matches and more than 70 One Day Internationals (ODI’s) for South Africa.
The Proteas faced New Zealand yesterday (the 24th of March 2014) in a World Twenty20 match in Chittagong in Bangladesh. The Proteas lost their first match in the series against Sri Lanka, but bounced back against the Black Caps, scoring 170 for 6 in their innings (thanks to 86 runs from JP Duminy).
New Zealand responded with a steady innings, eventually needing only 31 runs off 24 balls (with 7 wickets in hand), but thanks to Dale Steyn (who played in his 33rd T20 match) they did not reach this target. Steyn took 3 wickets in 2 of his overs and turned the match around. Kiwis batsman Taylor had to get 3 runs off the last ball of the match to win, but was run out, clearing the way for a narrow 2 run victory for the Proteas.
Dale Steyn has been selected as the next recipient of the Job Mail Job Well Done Award for his brilliant performance in yesterday’s match. He truly is a inspiration to all. Follow him on Twitter via @DaleSteyn62 and congratulate him. Let’s hope that this will inspire the Proteas to up their performance even more in the World Twenty20.
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