Steyn emotional after breaking Proteas record

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Dale Steyn said he almost shed a tear after becoming South Africa’s leading Test wicket-taker on day one of the series against Pakistan.

Steyn required only the one wicket to outperform Shaun Pollock’s count of 421 and squandered no time in accomplishing the accomplishment at Centurion on Boxing Day .

The paceman drew an edge from Fakhar Zaman off with the principal conveyance of the seventh over and Dean Elgar took the catch in the slips to give Steyn wicket number 422.

Steyn told SuperSport: “I should concede that when I was remaining at the highest point of my stamp (subsequent to taking the wicket) I nearly pushed a tear.

“There was a protuberance in my throat since I didn’t figure it would occur.”

The 35-year-old expectations he is not even close to completed yet following a first day which finished with the Proteas 127-5 in answer to the meeting side’s aggregate of 181 hard and fast, Duanne Olivier asserting Test-best figures of 6-37.

Steyn included: “There have been a great deal of Test matches and, ideally, there is much more to come.”

Cricket South Africa CEO Thabang Moroe hailed Steyn after his accomplishment, proclaiming the bowler as a persuasive figure for a portion of his present partners.

He stated: “Dale is without a doubt one of the best quick bowlers ever and we are on the whole exceptionally pleased with his accomplishments, today as well as all through his profession.”

Moroe proceeded: “Most importantly, Dale has been a good example for the manner in which the diversion ought to be played and has been the motivation for our following ages of quick bowlers, spoken to by any semblance of Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi.

“We compliment him on this achievement and on a great vocation to date and anticipate him composing the following section.”

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