The 32-year old South African fast bowler Dale Steyn said that this series could be his last Test tour to India.
Steyn is disappointed with his fitness. The fitness troubled him continuously in this series. Steyn missed last three Test matches of four-Test match series due to his groin injury. He was desperate to play this Test series, but that injury ruled out his desire.
Steyn hoped to be fit early after his first Test injury at Mohali, which was looking not so serious, but his luck made it difficult even after extensive treatment he could not make it for the second at Bengaluru. However, Steyn was quite sure that he could be fully fit for the third and fourth Test match, which would be held in Nagpur and Delhi respectively. After Vernon Philander was ruled out due to injury before the second Test, Steyn not to let his team down pushed hard in the nets which, and maybe, as a result his injury resurfaced.
Steyn said that he was feeling fitter after the aerobatic training for the last three weeks, but his groin injury does not allow him to bowl 20 overs in a day, which he normally bowls. Steyn told that the most difficult part is to digest the fact that this could be his last Test tour to India before South Africa returns to play again in foreseeable future. He doesn’t want to return to India only as a medium pace bowler with age catch up.
Steyn feels proud of the way he plays his cricket and relishes challenging conditions, which makes him hungrier to pick up more wickets. Steyn, who has always backed himself to play well or rather dominate in any conditions, knows that doesn’t always work out this way.
The current no.1 Test bowler concluded that he will do everything to support and encourage his team from the sidelines for the fourth Test at Delhi. Steyn, who carried drinks in the earlier matches, made sure that he got his bib cleaned up and ready for use at Kotla.