Dale Steyn, former South African pacer feels that Pakistan Super League (PSL) is more rewarding than the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) which is the major reason behind his decision to opt-out from the league in 2021.
Back in January, Dale Steyn, who has represented several teams including Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL in the past, had taken to Twitter to announce that he has withdrawn from the 14th season of the cash-rich IPL but he will continue to play in other franchise-based leagues around the world.
Dale Steyn: Cricket Is Of Importance In Pakistan Super League Unlike Indian Premier League Where Cricket Gets Forgotten
Dale Steyn is currently in Pakistan to represent the Safaraz Ahmed-led Quetta Gladiators in the latest edition of the Pakistan Super League. The legendary Test pacer recently gave an exclusive interview to Cricket Pakistan where he spoke about his decision to withdraw from the forthcoming IPL.
According to Dale Steyn, the talks doing the rounds in the IPL are all about the money that a particular player went for in the auction, and with the presence of so many superstars and bloated squads, the actual cricket sometimes takes the backseat.
Dale Steyn reckoned that the same doesn’t happen when the matter comes to PSL or Lanka Premier League and that is the reason why he decided to opt-out from the lucrative league and instead focus on bringing good vibes to tournaments that are worth playing for.
“I wanted some time off. I found that playing in these other leagues was slightly more rewarding as a player. I think when you go to IPL, there are such big squads and so many big names and so much emphasis on maybe the amount of money players earn and everything like that, so sometimes, somewhere down the line, cricket gets forgotten,” said Steyn to Cricket Pakistan.
“When you come to like a PSL or the Sri Lankan Premier League, for that matter, there is an importance on the cricket. I have only been here for a couple of days and I have had people in and out of my room, just wanting to know about where I have played and how I went about it.”
“Whereas, when I go to something like the IPL that gets forgotten and the main topic is how much money did you go for in this IPL? That’s just me being brutally honest. I wanted to stay away from that and really put more emphasis on playing and bringing good vibes to good cricket teams and tournaments I feel are worth it,” he added.
Dale Steyn featured for the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2020 where he was forced to warm the bench for most parts of the season due to his horrendous form. In 3 games, the former Proteas cricketer managed just one wicket at an average of 133 and an economy rate of 11.40, and a strike rate of 70.
Dale Steyn’s association with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) dates back to 2008. He had started his IPL career with the Bangalore outfit but later moved on to represent three other franchises namely Deccan Chargers, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Gujarat Lions. He returned to RCB in 2019.
However, across the last two seasons 2019 and 2020, he failed to make an impact with the ball as he had suffered an injury during IPL 2019 and was totally out of form in IPL 2020 which had also resulted in him getting dropped from the team.
Dale Steyn Also Comes Down Hard On Commentator Simon Doull
South African legend Dale Steyn has come down hard on Simon Doull after the New Zealand commentator was heard saying that the 37-year-old is having a mid-life crisis. This happened during a PSL match between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators. Dale Steyn, who has been sporting long hair in the ongoing tournament in Pakistan, took to Twitter to convey his anger at being targeted for his appearance.
Widely regarded as one of the best bowlers of his generation, the 37-year-old Dale Steyn finished his Test career as the highest wicket-taker for South Africa with 439 wickets from 93 Tests. He picked 196 wickets from 125 ODIs and 64 scalps from 47 T20Is.
However, his bowling in the shortest format while playing for different leagues around the world hasn’t been up to the mark lately. Playing for the Quetta Gladiators in PSL 2021, he gave away 21 runs in the penultimate over as Peshawar Zalmi skipper Wahab Riaz and Sherfane Rutherford smashed him for 3 sixes.
Quetta Gladiators, who needed to defend 27 off 12 balls, ultimately lost the game after failing to defend the 199-run target. Dale Steyn finished with disappointing figures of 2/44 and will be hoping to repay the faith put in him by his franchise in the forthcoming matches.