Dale Steyn and aggression go hand-in-hand. The South Africa legend might have mellowed down in recent times but he rarely shied away from showing his tough and aggressive side while he was at the peak of his illustrious career. Regarded as one of the greatest pacers of all time, Dale Steyn never let his aggressive side take the back seat.
And Kane Williamson is one such batsman who saw it from very close quarters. In 2012, the current New Zealand skipper had faced the wrath of the South African great during a home Test at the Basin Reserve.
A thunderbolt from Dale Steyn had cracked Williamson’s abdomen guard. The right-arm pacer bowled one around the middle stump before the ball nipped back in. Williamson tried to defend the delivery off the back foot but missed it and was struck low.
As soon as the ball hit him, the New Zealand star collapsed in pain. And while he was grimacing in pain, Dale Steyn had famously told him: “I’m not going to apologize for that.”
Here is a clip of that incident:
As far as the match is concerned, Williamson had gone on to score a famous century after being hit to save the game for the Kiwis. Chasing an improbable 389, New Zealand were reeling at 83 for 5 but managed to escape with a draw thanks to an unbeaten 102-run knock from their current captain.
Both Dale Steyn and Kane Williamson will be seen in action soon when the IPL gets underway. The thirteenth edition of the IPL will start on September 19. Steyn will play for Royal Challengers Bangalore while Williamson will ply his trade for Sunrisers Hyderabad. The entire competition is being held in UAE because of the coronavirus situation in India.