Former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid heaped high praise on recently retired South African great Dale Steyn. Dravid likened the Proteas fast bowler with former legendary West Indies pacer Malcolm Marshall. Dale Steyn had decided to call it a day from his Test career on August 5. However, the gun fast bowler will continue to play the ODIs and T20Is.
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The last three years of Steyn’s career has been blighted by injuries and he also could not take part in the recently concluded World Cup. Thus, retirement from one form of the game was on the cards for Steyn.
Steyn is one of the best bowlers Dravid faced.
Meanwhile, Rahul Dravid has enjoyed some good battles when he faced the Proteas star bowler. Dravid said that Steyn is one of those fast bowlers who will be remembered for a long time.
In an interaction with former player Sanjay Manjrekar, Dravid told ESPNCricinfo, “He (Steyn) is one of the bowlers who will be remembered for eternity. He has been a match-winner and a game-changer for South Africa. Great advantage South Africa had has they had a wicket-taking bowler in the form of Steyn. He has an ability to take wickets with the new ball as he could swing the ball away from the wicket and he mastered the art of reverse swing as well.
He is the Malcolm Marshall of our generation. Steyn tried to bowl his best when he was aggressive. I always looked to leave Steyn’s bouncers because it was never in my control to pull it,” stated Dravid while describing Steyn’s achievements.
Steyn had a decorated career as he scalped 439 wickets at a stunning average of 22.95 in the 93 Test matches he played. Thus, the fast bowler is the leading wicket-taker for the Rainbow Nation in the longest format of the game. Steyn had the skills to bowl great outswingers to the right-handers and also developed his adroit of getting the old ball to reverse.
On the other hand, Steyn was able to get the better of Rahul Dravid on two occasions in multi-day format. Meanwhile, Dravid was recently sent a conflict of interest by the BCCI Ethics officer DK Jain. The Wall has two weeks to revert to the allegations.