Dale Steyn took nine wickets in the second Test against India in Durban. In doing so he completed 350 wickets in Tests and also became the third bowler to take 50 wickets this year. Here are his stats as follows:
# Dale Steyn has completed 50 wickets in nine Tests this year (51 at 17.66 runs apiece).Â He is the first South African and the third bowler this year to accomplish the feat.Â Stuart Broad took 62 wickets at an average of 25.80 in 14 Tests and James Anderson - 52 (ave.31.82) in 14 Tests.
# Steyn has captured 50 wickets or more in a calendar year three times in Tests - the first two instances being 74 (ave.20.01) in 13 Tests in 2008 and 60 (ave.21.41) in 11 Tests in 2010.Â Steyn and Makhaya Ntini are the only two South African bowlers to have claimed 50 wickets in a calendar year three times.Â Shaun Pollock has performed the feat twice and Allan Donald once.
# Steyn (9/147) is the first South African bowler to capture eight wickets or more vs India in a Test match twice at Kingsmead, Durban. He had claimed eight for 110 in the 2010-11 Durban Test.
# Steyn's excellent figures of 9 for 147 are the second best by a South African bowler against India in a Test match at Kingsmead - the best being 9 for 54 by Allan Donald in December 1996.
# Steyn reached his 350 wickets in 69 Tests - the same number of Tests taken by Richard Hadlee.Â Only Muttiah Muralitharan has taken fewer Tests (66) to reach the milestone than Hadlee and Steyn.
# Dale Steyn's first Man of the Match award vs India is his eighth in Tests. Â
(Stats: Rajesh Kumar)