South African quick bowler Dale Steyn evaluated his match-winning performance in the Galle test against Sri Lanka among his best and said watching videos of former fast bowling great Allan Donald inspired him ahead of the series-opener.
The 31-year-old right-arm fast bowler took a match haul of nine wickets on a flat track to inspire South Africa to a 153-run win over Sri Lanka in the two-test series on Sunday.
“I’ve played in some pretty tough conditions before, but this is right up there,” said Steyn after taking the man-of-the-match award.
“It’s not the fastest wicket in the world, that’s for sure, but if you can get pace through the air with a bit of aggression and land the ball in the right areas then you always stand a chance of taking a wicket.
“If you leave it then you can be bowled with a bit of reverse swing, or even with the wind.
“Landing the ball in that area means that lbw, bowled or caught behind are always a factor,” he said.
Steyn, whose figures were the best by an overseas fast bowler at Galle that is renowned for helping the spinners, said that he honestly does not even know who is on the list. He said that he is just happy to be there wearing the shirt and cap which he was awarded 10 years ago.
Steyn said that it is an honour to be in this team and playing alongside guys like AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla. He added that he does not even know how many Test wickets he has and that he just enjoys running, bowling quickly and trying to knock over batsmen.
Steyn also said that he actually watched a couple of Donald’s videos before he bowled in the Test against Sri Lanka, adding that the legend is always telling them how good they are and what legends they are.
Steyn said that for Donald to say those things to youngsters like them, he really appreciates that, adding that the wickets are for the whole country but he would like to say thank you to him.