South African fast bowler Dale Steyn has been named the leading cricketer in the world for 2013 in the Wisden Cricketers Almanack.
Founded in 1864 and published annually ever since, the Almanack is regarded as the bible of cricket.
Editor Lawrance Booth wrote in his citation: “South African fast bowler Dale Steyn is Wisden’s Leading Cricketer in the World for 2013, a year in which he took 51 test wickets in only nine games at an average of 17.
Steyn was scarcely less lethal in one-day internationals, claiming 27 at under 16.
“Most remarkable, perhaps, for a man of his pace, was his meanness: an economy- rate of 3.65 was comfortably the lowest among bowlers to have sent down 100 one-day international overs in 2013. Fast, penetrative and parsimonious – it was some combination,” Booth wrote.
“I enjoy taking wickets more than most people can understand,” said Steyn. “I’m addicted to that feeling. I live in the moment, but I hope there are many more years of it to come.”
Steyn is the second South African to be selected as Wisden’s Leading Cricketer in the World, after Jacques Kallis in 2007. In 2013 he was selected as one of Wisden’s Five Cricketers of the Year.