Dale Steyn Reveals the Fast Bowler He Grew Up Idolizing

Dale Steyn Reveals the Fast Bowler He Grew Up Idolizing

Wasim Akram. Credits: PA Photos.

South Africa’s pace sensation Dale Steyn revealed that he always looked up to Wasim Akram as a growing kid. The Proteas fast bowler lauded the legendary fast bowler for his ability to swing the ball both ways. Akram was one of the best in the business as he had great skills in his armory.

In fact, the former Pakistan skipper generated high speed even after taking a short run-up. The southpaw genius scalped 916 wickets in his illustrious career. Meanwhile, Akram was given the confidence by Pakistan captain Imran Khan.

Wasim Akram appeals. Credits: PA Photos.

Wasim Akram was a Master of Swing bowling.

There is no doubt that Akram was one of the best swing bowlers to have embraced the game. Thus, Dale Steyn always wanted to follow Akram’s footsteps in his International career.

In fact, Steyn is one of the best red ball forms bowlers of the last decade. The Proteas pack leader dominated the ICC Test rankings for the period of almost eight years. Steyn achieved the numero uno position in 2008 and remained at the top of the tree till 2015 when he was ruled out due to injury.

Dale Steyn
Credits: Getty Images.

Meanwhile, Dale Steyn will return to action after suffering a spate of injuries. He will return to the field against Sri Lanka from July 12.

Dale Steyn said as quoted by a Pakistan journalist Saj Sadiq, “I always thought left-arm quicks were special and Wasim was a genius. I never played against him but he was a guy I grew up watching. I have vivid memories of 1992 and thinking, ‘Wow, this guy is amazing’. When I started playing I realized that there was a lack of quality left-arm bowlers and just how special he was. He could swing and bowl it at high speed. Even guys who played against him, like Kallis and Boucher, said that he was one of the best”.

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