South African pace great Dale Steyn took to social media on Wednesday to reveal that he is retiring from all forms of cricket from immediate effect.
The 38-year-old made the announcement on Twitter, ending a 17-year career, which saw him play in 93 Tests, 125 ODIs and 47 T20Is for the Proteas. The iconic speedster had retired from Test cricket in 2019.
"Today I officially retire from the game I love the most. Bitter sweet but grateful. Thank you to everyone, from family to teammates, journalists to fans, its been an incredible journey together," he wrote.
"'And it's been a long December and there's reason to believe. Maybe this year will be better than the last I can't remember all the times I tried to tell myself to hold on to these moments as they pass'," Steyn wrote in his retirement letter, quoting a song from American rock band Counting Crows to convey his emotions.
"It's been 20 years of training, matches, travel, wins, losses, strapped feat, jet lag, joy, and brotherhood.
There are too many memories to tell.To many faces to thank. So I left it to the experts to sum up, my favourite band, the Counting Crows," he added.