Steyn has best strike-rate among bowlers with more than 400 Test wickets

Among South African bowlers, Steyn is second only to compatriot Kagiso Rabada (39.6).

Steyn overtook former South Africa captain Shaun Pollock's tally of 421 wickets to become the 11th highest wicket-taker of all time.    -  getty images

Dale Steyn, on Wednesday, became South Africa's highest wicket-taker in Tests when he got rid of Fakhar Zaman on day one of the Boxing Day Test against South Africa at the Centurion Park in Pretoria. 

Steyn overtook former South Africa captain Shaun Pollock's tally of 421 wickets to become the 11th highest wicket-taker of all time. 

The 35-year-old has the best strike-rate (42) among bowlers with more than 400 Test wickets and is placed sixth in the overall list of best career strike-rates.

Among South African bowlers, Steyn is second only to compatriot Kagiso Rabada (39.6). Rabada, however, has played only 33 Tests (including the ongoing match against Pakistan) to Steyn's 89. 

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Steyn might still be nine wickets away from equalling Richard Hadlee's 431 Test wickets and breaking into the Top-Ten list of highest wicket-getters in the five-day game, but the veteran pacer already boasts a strike-rate that overshadows those ahead of him by some margin. Hadlee comes a close second, with 50.8. 

Injuries have meant the current match is just Steyn's fourth Test appearance since November 2016 but the speedster, by his own admission still has some cricket left in him and his  numbers can only get better from here.