Former World’s no. 1 bowler Dale Steyn wishes to represent the national team in the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year. Dale Steyn is currently representing Melbourne Stars in Big Bash League.
Even at the age of 36, the speedster is a potent force with the ball and in having a good tournament down under. The speedster recently (on 5 August 2019) retired from longest format of the game after a no. of successive injuries that forced him to miss Cricket World Cup 2019 also.
Steyn is South Africa’s highest wicket-taker in Tests with 439 wickets in 93 tests. Steyn took the retirement to focus on the shorter formats of the game. However, injuries never leave the bowler and he represented South Africa last in the ODIs and T20Is was in March last year.
Steyn, however, is optimistic about the T20 World Cup this year which might be his last ICC tournament if he manages to keep himself fit. He will turn 37 in June and would like to retire from the game in a glorious manner.
Dale Steyn in recent talks said: “That (T20 World Cup) is very much on my agenda. I’m starting to enjoy my cricket a lot more now, I think four overs is a lot easier on the body than the Test matches are.”
“KG (Kagiso Rabada) is very young to lead the attack at 24, and the next bowlers to come in are all younger than him, I think he needs somebody that’s there that is experienced, to look around and he knows he’s not only one there,” he said.
After his shoulder injury in 2016 that threatened to almost finish his career, Steyn has represented in just eight Tests, nine ODIs and two T20Is. However, in this period South Africa also witnessed a rise of another great bowler in the form of Kagiso Rabada. He led the team from the front since.