Dale Steyn is injured and failed to feature in the South Africa’s playing XI for the third consecutive Test at Feroz Shah Kotla Test in the four-match “Gandhi-Mandela” series.
Steyn played the first Test at Mohali. But could bowl only 11 overs in the first innings as received a groin injury. He did not bowl in the second innings. South Africa lost the match by 108 runs.
Steyn failed to recover from injury. He missed the Bangalore Test and Nagpur Test, where India sealed their series and broke South Africa’s unbeaten overseas series streak since 2006.
Steyn’s absence was felt in the Nagpur Test. After the Bangalore Test washed away due to heavy rain, in an allegedly “poor” Nagpur pitch Indian spinners cleaned up South Africa in three days to win a low scoring match by 124 runs.
So, now the question is how injured Steyn is spending his time in India. South Africa’s team management did not send him back in the country. His partnership with Morne Morkel was badly felt, Morkel took total 6 wickets in the Nagpur Test.
Steyn, who loves to explore the place whenever he goes, visited Dehradun, a city which is located 247 km away from India’s capital New Delhi. In recent time, he was seen playing football with street children in Dhaka, Bangladesh as the Mirpur Test washed away due to the heavy mansoon rain. Steyn during IPL also spent time at Vizag beach to refresh himself.
On the eve of the final Test Indian and South African players have gone for a jungle safari in Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand. Steyn enjoyed the Corbett park, but along with that he did not miss the sight of beautiful city Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand.
During his visit, he found a young girl on the road. He has taken a snapshot of the girl and posted in Instagram. He tweeted it with a caption, “Armed with nothing but a smile, she robbed my heart.” It was not whether the girl at Dehradun road knows Steyn or not, but she smiled at Steyn when the bowling star looked at him. Steyn knows that it is a nightmare tour for him as after a frustrating Bangladesh tour, where rain forced South Africa to drew match, his Indian tour, which is probably his last, will be filled with outfield memories other than on-field memory.
Steyn recently joined the 400 wicket club in Test in Bangladesh. South Africa will play a home series against England. The first Test will start from December 26. So, Steyn, 32, will keen to bowl at Kingsmead, Durban.
Steyn after making his debut against England in 2004 has taken 402 wickets in 81 Tests.