Steyn happy to heed and oblige Kallis request

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Fast bowler Dale Steyn delighted in several accolades, after leading South Africa to a convincing 10-wicket win – and one-nil series lead – over India in the second and final Test on Monday.

Fast bowler Dale Steyn delighted in several accolades, after leading South Africa to a convincing 10-wicket win – and one-nil series lead – over India in the second and final Test on Monday.

Steyn became only the 20th player to reach 350 Test match wickets, en route to match figures of nine for 147, including the dismissal of the in-form Cheteshwar Pujara twice, as the Proteas sealed a one-nil series victory on day five at Kingsmead in Durban.

The fixture also marked the 166th and final Test match of veteran Proteas all-rounder Jacques Kallis' career. Kallis announced his retirement the longest format of the game last week, but will remain available for the limited-overs team ahead of the 2015 World Cup.

"I am pretty stoked. On day two, Jacques asked us to not let the game fizzle out to a draw. He asked the bowlers to step up. The guys take great catches, the personnel work hard back there, behind the scenes," said Steyn, named Man of the Match.

"My achievements are nothing without their inputs. I have been working on coming wide of the crease. Pujara is a good batsman. I saw bowling coach Allan Donald jumping up and down after his wicket."

Wicketkeeper-batsman AB de Villiers, meanwhile, welcomed the Player of the Series award on the back of 190 runs in three innings, including a superb century in the first Test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg, and 14 catches.

"I've been working hard on my wicketkeeping. I've been taking tips from [former South Africa wicketkeeeper] Mark Boucher on the side. I really enjoyed it and was really happy with a Test win," added de Villiers.

"I knew that something was brewing and Steyn put in a terrific performance. I consider myself fortunate to have played with Kallis. He has been a rock in the team – and I am very, very happy to finish on a good note."

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