South African pacer Dale Steyn has pulled out of the fourteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). He made the announcement on the social media platform Twitter on Saturday.
The Proteas said that he will be “unavailable” for the 2021 edition of the tournament. He thanked his IPL franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), for understanding his decision. Furthermore, he emphasized the fact that this decision by him does not, in any way, imply that he is retiring.
The speedster further clarified that it is because he would like to take some time off during that period. Although he stated that he would play in the other leagues to continue with the game.
RCB responded to the cricketer saying they “will miss him”. “You will be missed, Dale Steyn! Thank you for the memories and keep rooting for us,” RCB’s Tweet read.
Steyn was roped in by the franchise in ahead of the 2020 season of the tournament. He played three matches for RCB during the 13th edition of IPL but couldn’t give a satisfactory performance as he picked up only one wicket in the entire season.
The highest-wicketer of South Africa in Test cricket (439 Test wickets) announced his retirement from the format in August 2019. He was picked up in the T20I team of the Proteas for the T20 World Cup last year, but it got postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.