South African fast bowling great Dale Steyn surely knows how to break the flow of the game. With a staggering front-on bowling action and with fierce pace to match it, and a street-smart mind to back his aggressiveness, Steyn has been one of the most complete pacers of his generation without the shadow of any doubt.
His career was at risk over the past few years due to injuries but time and again, he has made a comeback in a grand fashion. Bowling at a brisk pace at kmph with relative ease, Steyn had been an instrumental bowler for the franchises which he had played for in the Indian Premier League. His first stint was with Royal Challengers Bangalore and then he was roped in by Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise.
The speed gun was retained by SRH during the 2014 mega IPL auction and then he represented Gujarat Lions (now defunct IPL franchise in the 2016 edition. After a three-year gap, he returned to Royal Challengers Bangalore replacing the injured Nathan Coulter Nile in the squad. He featured for RCB in 2 games and picked up 4 wickets to his name. Tragedy soon followed him as he picked up a shoulder injury and was ruled out of the rest of the tournament.
“Dale Steyn has been prescribed with ample rest due to inflammation in his shoulder. On account of state of his health, Dale will not be available to take part further in the ongoing season of IPL,” RCB said in a statement in 2019 IPL edition. Bad news loomed large again for Steyn as he didn’t take part even in the summer showpiece event.
Dale Steyn gives a perfect reply to a fan:
Meanwhile, Dale Steyn had recently conducted an interactive session for his fans on Twitter where he patiently replied to their queries on cricket. One of the fans asked Steyn which IPL team he would like to play for in the upcoming cash-rich tournament 2020. To this question, the pacer had a fitting response. “Whoever can afford me,” he wrote.
Whoever can afford me 😉
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) November 16, 2019