Dale Steyn, South Africa and Royal Challengers Bangalore fast bowler, has heaped high praise on his fellow teammate and fast bowler, Mohammed Siraj for his record-breaking performance against the Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
Siraj, who has copped a lot of criticism in the past for leaking runs, staged his redemption brilliantly as he registered his spell of 3-8 in four overs. Siraj claimed two wickets- of Rahul Tripathi and Nitish Rana- in his first over before going on to become the first bowler in the history of the competition to bowl two consecutive maidens in a row.
KKR never recovered from the Mohammed Siraj onslaught and eventually posted 8-84 in 20 overs, a total which was chased down with ease by the Challengers. Dale Steyn, in an interaction with Parthiv Patel, hailed Mohammed Siraj for the character he displayed, especially after having endured a tough game in his last outing, where he was taken to the cleaners by the duo of KL Rahul and Chris Gayle.
”They were amazing. I thought Siraj to comeback from his last game against Kolkata Knight Riders in Sharjah when he went for a couple of runs and perform like this shows the character that he is and what kind of class player he is. Well done to him and I think everyone struck it together nicely tonight. One of those nights where things go your way,” Dale Steyn said in a video posted by RCB on their official Youtube channel.
“Everyone is actually keen to learn”- Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn, who hasn’t featured in not a lot of games for RCB this season, also went on to joke that he wants to take all the glory for the success of the pacers this season when asked by Parthiv about the same besides stating that all the youngsters turn to either him or his compatriot, Chris Morris, for valuable suggestions.
I want to take all the glory but I can’t unfortunately,” Steyn joked when Parthiv Patel asked him about being a mentor to young pacers.
“Everyone is actually keen to learn. The youngsters in the batting are learning from the top batsman Virat and ABD. Obviously, the same thing happening to the bowlers. They are all speaking to Chris (Morris) and myself. It’s nice to share knowledge,” Dale Steyn added.