Gujarat Lions have a strong squad – Dale Steyn

Krishna Chopra / 10 April 2016

The last year or so has been extremely below par for Dale Steyn as injuries and an indifferent form have taken a toll on him. Steyn, who now represents the Gujarat Lions in the IPL, will look upon the tournament as a fine opportunity to get back to form and do what he does best – take wickets. In an interview with Cricbuzz, Steyn spoke on a variety of issues and also the Gujarat Lions. Below are the excerpts from the interview.

How is the team shaping up?


Luckily, we all have been part of IPL for many years, see them around in international cricket, too. We have known each other well for quite some time and it is a nice feeling to be playing together. I also think that we have a strong squad, good Indian players, good overseas players and the team is shaping up really well.


Is too much expectation and workload weighing you down?


Expectations will always be there. Every time AB de Villiers walks out to bat people will expect him to bat explosively, but that is not always possible. You have to look at the conditions in which you are playing. Sometimes, playing conditions doesn’t allow that to happen. You need to take all those aspects into play. Every time I bowl, it is not particularly on the same pitch, so you can’t expect the same result to happen time and time again. So that’s where the averages come in. Expectations are just part of the game, when you have got some fantastic players in your team, there will always be expectations.


Is Dale Steyn a different bowler in Tests, ODIs, and T20s? You are completely unplayable in Tests but it is a completely different picture in T20s…


I think that is what the game implies. I think it will be completely difficult for a batsman in T20s to be leaving a ball outside the off-stump like in a Test match. Here the game implies that you score runs, so no matter who is bowling, whether it is myself or (Lasith) Malinga or (Sunil) Narine, it doesn’t matter who it is, batters will make plans to score runs off every ball and try and hit boundaries. Doesn’t matter who you are but it is the format that makes that happen.


But if you look at the stats, my stats would tell you that I have done fairly well, with an economy rate of under seven runs an over, 6.67 in IPL and international T20s, too. So, even if I am going for a boundary in every over overall the idea is to go for not more than six runs an over, which I have more or less maintained throughout my career. I think that is pretty reasonable for a game where teams can very easily go for 19 or 20 runs an over.