Beleaguered Royal Challengers Bangalore will be hoping that their new recruit Dale Steyn hits the ground running as the franchise look to turn its season around. The Royal Challengers are all but out of the competition after losing their opening six games. They now need a miracle to get to the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
The three-time finalists have roped in Steyn as replacement for Nathan Coulter-Nile, who has opted out of the remainder of the tournament with a back niggle. Steyn, who has ample experience of playing in the IPL, had gone unsold at the auction. The legendary pacer, who last turned out for Gujarat Lions, will now play an IPL game after a two-year gap.
Steyn had started his IPL journey with Royal Challengers, getting a deal in the very inaugural season in 2008. The right-arm pacer played three seasons for the franchise and picked up 27 wickets from 28 games. Steyn will have his task cut out when he joins the Royal Challengers camp as the team will be depending on him heavily.
And ahead of his arrival in India, Daly Steyn has left a message for his fans.
“Hello everyone, Dale Steyn here. Just a quick message to say that I will be joining the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the next couple of days for the remaining of the IPL. Very excited to be coming back to the IPL,” said Steyn in a video posted on the team’s Twitter handle.
“It has been a couple of years since I last played in the IPL and even longer since I last played for RCB. So very excited to be joining Virat, AB and the boys,” he added.
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) April 12, 2019
Meanwhile, the Royal Challengers team management has already confirmed that Steyn will only be available from April 16. As a result, the pacer will not play in the team’s next two fixtures – against Kings XI Punjab on April 13 and Mumbai Indians on April 15.