Dale Steyn has been an astounding force in test matches. With his sheer pace and hostility, he has terrorized the batsmen. His statistics in test matches speak for themselves. The same however, cannot be ascertained about his ODI record. Even though Steyn has been a regular in the Top 10 ODI bowlers, his contribution in recent times has not been up to the mark. Personally, Steyn went through a terrible phase in the 2015 World Cup. His usual threatening attitude was nowhere. In probably the most important match of his career, the World Cup semi final against New Zealand, Steyn gave his poorest performance.
In the IPL as well, he is being benched and is no longer a regular member for the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Andrew Hudson, the chief South African selector had something to say about Dale Steyn. Hudson recommended that Steyn needed an urgent break from cricket. It was the excess burden of cricket which was taking its toll on Steyn. Hudson also said that Imran Tahir still had a bright future in test matches.
Hudson, while speaking about Steyn said, “A lot will depend on Dale,” said Hudson. “He is very tough on himself and his performances. “Perhaps he needs some time out away from the game. He would have to talk to Russell Domingo about possibly retiring from ODI cricket, but CSA will need to find a way to manage his workload. “They need to work together and have a plan.”
Hudson even spoke about Tahir and said, “Test cricket is different, from a bowling perspective,” said Hudson. “Imran has impressed me hugely. He knows his game well. The variation he has makes it difficult for batsmen in the shorter formats to pick him. That uncertainty is a massive thing in ODI and T20 cricket.
“But there is no urgency in Test cricket to create runs and opportunities to score, which means batsmen don’t have to take risks, making it difficult for Imran to build pressure. Batsmen can just wait for the bad ball and punish it. “I will definitely not write off Imran. One solution could be to let him bowl shorter spells of four overs in Test cricket and see if that works. He will always be a factor where the wickets are spinning.
The chief selector also discussed about the hunt for the new bowling coach. “The dynamic among the coaching staff is important. Whoever it is will have to be capable and do the job that Russell wants them to do. Those names you mentioned [Charl Langeveldt, Makhaya Ntini, Lance Klusener and Paul Adams] are all viable candidates,” said Hudson.
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