Dale Steyn joined the elite 400 wicket club, but he is nonchalant about the achievement. He says it is passion not the stats that motivates him to bowl for his nation South Africa.
Legends like Allan Donald already regard Steyn as all time great. The right arm pacer is being also considered as the best among his generation.
But, Steyn himself is not amused with the magic of statics. “I have never been a stats person,” he told African News Agency (ANA) about the achievement. “It’s nice to have these numbers but I have had a lot better moments in my cricketing career. Winning games for my country has always been objective number one so the jobs not over yet. It’s cool, it’s nice to have 400.”
“I want to play every game,” he said when asked about his next target. “I want to bowl again tomorrow and I want to bowl again the next time South Africa pick me. Anything can happen, I don’t set targets. I would’ve been happy if I had taken just one wicket in my international career. It’s enough to play for South Africa and take wickets for South Africa, and then I managed to get 400. I never thought that that would happen… ever in my life.”
In a slow and flat pitch of Bangladesh, it is difficult for a pacer like Steyn to bowl according to plan. However, Steyn praised the allround effort from the bowlers in “difficult conditions,” more so the patience and pressure they exerted alongside renewed intensity and an attacking approach.
Steyn after taking the wicket of Tamim Iqbal he did not celebrated with true “Dale Steyn fashion.” But, he celebrated with zeal later on with every wicket. He led the attack until the very last over of the day, an effort he says came easily because of his current state of mind.
“It was a good day for us,” he said to the media after the days play. “We always knew that once we get them to six down their lower order batters don’t tend to like hanging around, those are wickets we can wrap up quickly. It’s not wrapped up yet but that was the initial goal. Throughout the day we didn’t let them get away with the game.
“I love what I am doing right now, even if it’s in 40 degree heat and the ball is staying ankle high,” he said. “It’s (the ball) not bouncing and there’s no seam and it’s very slow, I would rather be here than anywhere else right now. There was a period (after the IPL) when I actually didn’t want to have a ball in my hand, I think I just needed maybe two or three weeks to get that love back again.” ANA