Steyn’s injury woes- Steyn has been plagued by multiple injuries over the last 3 years during which he played only 13 ODIs. South Africa’s World Cup 2019 was affected a lot after Steyn suffered a second shoulder injury after arriving in England. Despite being marred with injuries, the pacer has been garnering a lot of attention due to his impressive bowling spells in the MSL 2019.
Question: What prompted you to retire from Tests? Do you think you could’ve played the format for a bit more time?
Answer: The idea of bowling 45 overs in a Test, over 24 balls in a T20 was a little overwhelming and the fact that it has come to a time in the Proteas set up that if I wasn’t able to fulfill the role I had done for years then I’d rather walk away.
Question: South Africa has produced some excellent fast bowlers. With the national team currently in transition, which current bowler do you think can replace you or replicate your feat?
Answer: Kagiso Rabada is heading in that direction, he is a phenomenal bowler, set on his own path, he is doing his own thing. Future players such as Sisanda Magala in white-ball cricket, Anrich Nortje in terms of pure base.
Rabada’s impressive record- Kagiso Rabada, who is currently playing for Jozi Stars has the potential to carry the legacy of South African speedsters. The 24-year-old has represented the Proteas in 40 Tests and has scalped 183 wickets including four 10-wicket hauls. Anrich Nortje is also a vital part of the Blitz bowling attack. Nortje, who was ruled out of the World Cup 2019 due to a thumb fracture, will be eager to join the likes of Steyn and Rabada in the 2020 T20 World Cup.
Question: Your views on Quinton de Kock as the skipper? How was your experience of playing under him so far in MSL 2019?
Answer: Think he is really good, a man of few words, you don’t feel like you under any pressure. He leads by example, scores runs with the bat and speaks when he needs to speak, allows the environment to be chilled.
De Kock leads the side by example- Under the leadership of Quinton de Kock, the Cape Town Blitz have gathered 17 points from eight matches by winning four games. The left-handed wicket-keeper is one of the sought-after players in several domestic T20 leagues. Steyn has also delivered phenomenal performances so far and has picked up 11 wickets in his last five matches. Blitz are in contention to clinch their maiden MSL trophy after finishing as runner-ups last year.
Question: You made a comeback to the IPL this year. Though it was only for two matches, how was it like playing with Virat Kohli and RCB?
Answer: Always fun
After being released by RCB- After crippling with a shoulder injury last season, RCB parted ways with the speedster. However, there are chances that the Virat Kohli-led side will buy him back at the upcoming IPL 2020 auction. Steyn was able to play only two matches for RCB in IPL 2019 due to his injury. He was an integral part of the franchise for three years from 2008 to 2010. Along with RCB, many franchises will be interested in snapping him up for the next season.
Question: How important is MSL for South Africa cricket?
Answer: Very important to expose the young talent to Proteas players and international players and also give the fans something domestically to watch, compared to some of the previous years.
Question: Which young player impressed you the most in MSL 2019?
Answer: Sisanda Magala
Magala’s impressive record- Yet to break into the national side, 28-years-old Magala has been a vital part of Cape Town Blitz for two seasons. The South African first-class cricketer was the leading wicket-taker in the 2016 Africa T20 Cup. Following his heroics in the Africa T20 Cup, Blitz decided to acquire his services in the inaugural edition of MSL. In 80 first-class matches, the 28-year-old has scalped 224 wickets at an economy of 3.45.
Question: What are your thoughts about the current Indian pace attack in Tests? And who is your favourite among the pacers?
Answer: I think having an aggressive captain helps. We see pitches in India not spinning as much as before so that helps, sends a good message to the fast bowlers that they don’t just prepare pitches for spinners. Makes it worthwhile and you can see that through the years of IPL, the fast bowlers have gotten faster and stronger and now they have the opportunity to showcase their skills instead of being sidelined by spinning wickets.
Question: With two back to back T20 World Cups coming up, are you aiming to play both the events?
Answer: I’m aiming to finish the MSL and we’ll take it from there.
The Steyn-Rabada duo- After missing the ICC World Cup 2019, Steyn will be hoping to hoping to lead his side in both the marquee events. With the likes of Kagiso Rabada, he is expected to form a lethal bowling attack of the Proteas.
Question: Looking forward to playing in the IPL next year?
Answer: Yes, if I’m bought in the auction, I love India.
IPL journey- Steyn’s love for India is not a secret. The South African has expressed his fondness for the Indian conditions on multiple conditions. Steyn has represented four IPL franchises yet in the tournament– Royal Challengers Bangalore, Deccan Chargers, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Gujarat Lions. The right-arm pacer has scalped 96 wickets in 92 IPL matches at an impressive economy of 6,76. He has the seventh-best economy rate in the history of IPL.
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