ICC World Cup 2019: Dale Steyn Eyes World Cup Medal Before Bidding Adieu to Cricket
Known for adventure, South African speed gun Dale Steyn has set his eyes on the ICC World Cup 2019 victory before hanging his boots from the international cricket. The prominent fast bowler has been marred by injuries, which further kept him off the road for a prolonged gap. However, the exciting pacer is confident to give his best shot at the forthcoming World Cup.
The Phalaborwa-born Steyn will be playing his third World Cup for the Proteas. The highly-motivated bowler wants to walk away with the World Cup medal as South Africa is yet to lay hands on the coveted trophy.
“Very unfortunate. What can I say? We’ll try our best this time. The whole team is motivated like never before. I am personally trying to convince my teammates that we should not waste this opportunity as well,” Steyn told ToI.
Upbeat Steyn raring to go:
The 35-year-old bowler is keen to end his career on a high in a bid to walk away as a champion in his final burst owing to the World Cup glory.
“I will give my best during this World Cup. And I have got all the important trophies in my drawing room except this World Cup. I want to have the World Cup medal before I quit the game,” Steyn expressed his wish.
Over the years, the South African team has faced tough times on the field, and they were robbed off due to inclement weather in 1992 before recording a tie in the 1999 semis against Australia.
Again they faced an enduring time at the 2015 World Cup when they lost the thrilling semi-final against New Zealand.
However, the Black Caps were thrashed by seven wickets by the Kangaroos to lift their sixth title.
While brushing aside the past, Steyn remarked that they would back each other to progress well in the ten-nation tournament. He added the ambience of the multi-nation tourney will push them to give their best.
“(Our) Batting department will have specialist batsmen and three to four allrounders. If you go through the list, it may not be great but quite good. The atmosphere of the World Cup will encourage the whole team to do well. We’ll tell ourselves, ‘let us all give it a go’. Forget about the past. But prove the whole world that South Africa also can play excellent brand of cricket. And if we can manage to do that, we’ll progress in the tournament,” he added.
Dale Steyn working on his fitness:
Recently, Steyn has made it to the Indian Premier League (IPL) where he represented Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the expense of injured Nathan Coulter-Nile. But, unfortunately, he could feature in two matches before complaining about the long-standing shoulder issue.
“I was injured before the IPL. But rehabilitation was going on. I have been telling my physio that I have to be fit, fully fit for the World Cup. We’ll start the campaign as one of the confident teams,” Steyn said.
In 125 ODIs, Steyn has managed to snare 196 scalps. He maintained that his side is not favourites for the ODI showpiece, but they will accept the challenge to give their best shot. The mega event will commence from May 30 when the Proteas will face-off hosts England in London.
While reiterating England will start as the favourites, Steyn added the Proteas are equally ready for the event.
“We are all aware of the fact that England are playing at home. The conditions are known to them. So they will be, initially, slightly ahead of other teams. But that is not all. Ultimately we all have to rise to the occasion. We have to do well in all the matches. All I can say is that South Africa will play as a team,” Syen inferred.
Meanwhile, Steyn has to be cautious in a bid to maintain himself.
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