South Africa speedster Dale Steyn has been roped in by the Royal Challengers Bangalore as a replacement for Nathan Coulter Nile for the remainder of the ongoing Vivo IPL 12. Nathan Coulter Nile who didn’t play a single game in the tournament so far has returned home after suffering a stiff back. It is really baffling to see RCB keep Coulter Nile for so long when a much needed back up and a replacement was required at an earlier stage.
Speculations started doing the rounds that Steyn will be joining the Indian Premier League midway through the season after the fast bowler posted a photograph of his passport and Indian visa on his Twitter handle. However, he has now deleted the post. However, as per reports in the ESPN Cricinfo, Dale Steyn is all set to replace Nathan Coulter Nile in the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad.
The speedster has played 90 matches in IPL and has bagged 92 wickets along the way. He is all set to return to Bangalore where he has played from 2008-2011. Steyn went unsold in the recent Auctions when he had kept a base price of Rs 1.5 crores.
The South African pacer was last part of the Indian Premier League back in 2016 when he represented the now-defunct Gujarat Lions which was led by Suresh Raina. Meanwhile, he didn’t enrol himself in the 2017 Auctions as he wanted to focus on his recovery after a career-threatening shoulder injury.
The decision by RCB to bring back Dale Steyn is definitely due to his current form in international cricket. He has looked good in 2019 and was impressive for South Africa during the ODI series against Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Coming back to Royal Challengers Bangalore, they are yet to win a match in the tournament so far. They have lost all the 6 matches and are on the verge of bowing out of the tournament even before the half-stage. They will face Kings XI Punjab in a must-win clash tomorrow. Only a miracle can save RCB this year.