The withering scowls, the pointed sledging of the opposing batman with the temerity to keep out an express delivery, and the fist-pump with the mouth wide open and the neck tendons standing out in sharp relief, are very much part of Steyn’s playing persona.
But the histrionics, as dramatic as they might be, are merely the outward manifestation of a heart as big as the open-cast mine in his hometown Phalaborwa.
And in a game where statistics hold sway, Steyn’s figures make convincing reading and underline the fact that he is one of the world’s premier pacemen in the past two decades.
In Tests, he has collected an impressive 362 wickets in 72 matches at an average of 23.01, taken 10 wickets in an innings five times and owns 22 five-wicket hauls.
He has also taken 123 one-day international wickets in 79 outings and 55 T20 wickets in 38 games.
Fittingly, he has been named Wisden’s World Cricketer-of-the-Year.
A small fist-pump for Dale, perhaps?