England fast bowler Stuart Broad has admitted that South African fast bowler Dale Steyn is the bowler of our generation who have created fear in the mind of the batsmen and have excelled in every condition.
“On the ranking, I’m certainly not going to sit here and say I’m a better bowler than Dale Steyn — I’ve said before he is the bowler of our generation,” explained Broad in London on Thursday at an event staged ahead of next week’s first Test between England and Sri Lanka at Headingley by series sponsors Investec. “It’s very nice to be at the top of the rankings, but for me it’s come really for me through playing a lot of cricket,” added Nottinghamshire seamer Broad, who at 29 is three years younger than Steyn.
“I’ve played 40-odd Tests on the bounce now, so I’ve been out there having the opportunity to take wickets and bowling within a bowling unit that’s creating a lot of pressure,” said Broad. “It’s always nice when you do get to a ranking like that, but it’s not something I focus on a huge amount,” added the England mainstay, who has a narrow lead at the top of the Test standings from India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.
“I feel like I can adapt to different conditions quicker. When I was my learning my trade, up until 25 or 26, I only seemed to strike when conditions were really in my favour. Whereas I feel the more I’ve played in different conditions, the more I’ve realised you have to adapt your game quickly in Test cricket to survive,” he added.
Dale Steyn does not care about the pitch and has done a lot for South Africa. He was a key part of victories in UAE, England, Australia and New Zealand. Steyn has taken more than 400 wickets in a test match which shows the consistency of this quick fast bowler.