There is no doubt that Dale Steyn is a once-in-a-generation bowler. The champion fast bowler has bamboozled batsmen around the world for fun whether it is Test cricket or white-ball forms of the game. In his prime, Steyn was the first man locked in as far as the playing 11 was concerned whether it was International cricket or an Indian Premier League franchise.
But, in the past two-three years, injuries have taken its toll on Steyn. The champion fast bowler, who also happens to be South Africa’s leading wicket-taker in Test cricket, has missed a lot of cricket due to unrelenting injuries.
And, so when Steyn threw his hat into the 2020 Auction ring, everyone was sceptical about the champion fast bowler. “Will the franchises take a risk on him, given his recent history with injuries?” This was one of the most questions raised every time Steyn’s name propped up in discussions.
And, for the large part of the Auction day, it looked like there were no takers for Steyn; no one was willing to risk his money on an injury-prone Steyn, and so the champion fast bowler- to the utter disappointment of his fans- went unsold in the initial stages of the auction.
But, then Royal Challengers Bangalore- A side Steyn represented in both the inaugural as well as the previous addition- decided to bank on their former spearhead and struck gold at the fast bowler’s base price of Rs 2 Crore.
Dale Steyn’s tryst with RCB 3.0 set to begin in the next edition
The late development would have come as a huge source of relief for Dale Steyn. The auction is taking place on a day where Steyn’s Big Bash League debut for the Melbourne Stars was delayed after he was injured while playing for Cape Town Blitz in the recently concluded Mzansi Super League.
Thanks to the injury, Steyn did not participate in the Blitz’s final MSL match against the Tshwane Spartans and the Royal Challengers Bangalore team-management and think-tank will be closely monitoring the fast bowlers’ fitness in the upcoming months leading into the IPL.
His concerns with injury notwithstanding, Steyn has been in brilliant form in T20 cricket in the past few months. The fast bowler finished as the third-highest wicket-taker in the recently concluded MSL. Steyn claimed 15 wickets at 15.13 and the onus will be on him to lead the RCB pace-attack that boasts of Mohammad Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, and Kane Richarson.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Dale Steyn's IPL economy rate (6.77) is better than both Malinga (7.14) & Bumrah (7.56) and remember this guy missed IPL's 2-3 seasons at his peak and will compete with them at the age of 37…real 🐐
— JSK (@imjsk27) December 19, 2019
— chaudhary G 🇮🇳 (@just_f_un) December 19, 2019
— Mani 🇵🇰 (@ManiTweets14) December 19, 2019
— msd. (@DhoniRohith7) December 19, 2019
— Kushal K Bharadwaj (@kushal_kkb) December 19, 2019
People don't consider Dale Steyn a good T20 bowler despite a brilliant record
T20Is – 61 wickets @ 17.51, Eco 6.8
IPL – 96 wickets @ 24.74, Eco 6.77
And in T20s economy rate matters more than average… will see how other pacers perform at 36/37… Steyn is underrated in T20s
— JSK (@imjsk27) December 19, 2019
Dale steyn !🔥❤️
— Sistla Advaith (@SistlaAdvaith) December 19, 2019
Dale Steyn bought In IPL.. Waiting for him to pull the plug on PSL..
— Tanzeel (@Tanzeelified) December 19, 2019
Finally dale steyn is coming in the rcb https://t.co/KBU2X5nU2k
— Himank Sharma (@HimankS63936031) December 19, 2019
Very happy that Dale Steyn was finally picked up by #RCB !!
— Aditya Vyawahare (@adiv2711) December 19, 2019
— Modern Mishra (@mishra_sontu) December 19, 2019
Dale Steyn is a match winner, even at this age he bowls at more than 140+ and don't forget his last year performance in IPL
— Don Corleone (@Saffron_Archer1) December 19, 2019
Dale Steyn is back pic.twitter.com/mjaOtWbIGZ
— Sumanth G K (@sumanthgowda186) December 19, 2019
INJECT DALE STEYN IN MY VEINS 💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉
— Sia ♡ (@fcbsiaaaa) December 19, 2019
Boooooooooom💥💥#Dalesteyn is back in rcb😍..my fav bowler😎😍
— 🔪Rayappan🔪😎 (@kathiresan3000) December 19, 2019
Want to see this Aggressive Kohli with Dale Steyn..
Their Celebrations after Steyn Picks Wickets..
They already gave many moments in few games Steyn played..
— Not That Abhishek (@Ohyessabhi) December 19, 2019
Dale Steyn sold for 2 cr &
Piyush Chawla for 7 cr in #IPL2020Auction … 😂😂😂
— Biswa Ranjan Samal ® (@biswasamal83) December 19, 2019
Richardson – #webelieveinhesson Must've Thought Something He's Not An Idiot!🙂
Dale Steyn – Do I Even Need To Review On This❤
— Vihit Kohrma (@inaminatikaa) December 19, 2019
@RCBTweets bought Dale Steyn.
Dale Steyn just need 4 wkts to become the first South African bowler to take 100 IPL wickets.#IPLAuctions2020
— RaghuRam RohiRaj (@Raghu10RohiRaj) December 19, 2019
Dale steyn, Morris and abd
— Ansh Rajput (@imAnsh020) December 19, 2019
@RCBTweets I am so happy you bought dale Steyn ♥️
— Nitish Chandra (@nitish1214) December 19, 2019
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