His coach called him a land-locked surfer and weened him off sugary drinks. He has just taken his 400th Test wicket.
West Indies's batting order fell apart as the Proteas, taking the last six wickets in 13 runs, proved why South Africa was on top internationally.
Makhaya Ntini is SA's second-highest wicket taker, but Dale Steyn is looking good to take that record, and Ntini says he welcomes it.
The Proteas ODI captain and the world's leading Test match bowler are two of the five nominees for the CSA's main award - Cricketer of the Year.
Proteas coach Russell Domingo has defended his team's strategic decisions at the World T20, despite widespread criticism following the team's loss.
Dale Steyn and JP Duminy led South Africa to a two-run win over Group One rivals New Zealand at the World Twenty20 championship.
The South African cricket team have set their sights on gaining some early momentum in the tournament, beginning with their match against Sri Lanka.
Australia's Ryan Harris took the last two wickets as South Africa came within five overs of saving the third Test - skipper Graeme Smith's final game.
With cameras all over and cricket umpires watching for ball-tampering, bowlers really have to sweat the small stuff.
Captain AB de Villiers has shown pride in his team after winning the one-day series against Pakistan, hailing a comeback after losing to Sri Lanka.
Having been away from competitive cricket for close to three months, Proteas fast bowler Dale Steyn is fit and ready for a long summer of cricket.
A dream debut for Kyle Abbott has left Pakistan reeling at 14 for one and still trailing by 239 runs in the third and final Test in Centurion.
Fear of pain is called agliophobia and fear of speed tachiophobia. The fear of Dale Steyn? That is called common sense.
South Africa moved ever closer to victory as Pakistan were teetering on 104 for four at tea on the third day of the first Test at the Wanderers.
Pakistan crashed to their lowest Test total when they were bowled out for 49 by a South African pace barrage on the second day of their first Test.
The powerful Protea bowling attack cleaned up New Zealand's tail to give South Africa an innings-and-27 run victory over the visitors before.
Veteran Jacques Kallis has moved back into the top spot in the Test rankings for all-rounders in the latest International Cricket Council ratings.
Dale Steyn believes there are better bowlers in world cricket, and it's simply his durability and consistency that have enabled him to rise above.
SA took a one-nil lead in the three-match series against England, beating the hosts by an innings and 12 runs, securing their first win at the Oval.