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MS Dhoni Is The Poster Boy For Being Cool, Calm, And Collective As A Captain: Dale Steyn

Dale Steyn, the former South Africa bowler, noted that CSK keeper-batsman MS Dhoni’s prowess in captaincy makes up for his misfortune with the bat in his twilight years. The former Indian skipper MS Dhoni has led the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to their ninth IPL final in 12 attempts, and his team is on the lookout to win his fourth IPL title.

Dale Steyn noted that when captains don’t perform, it usually rubs off on the team. But in this instance, it has not been the same since both CSK, and the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have made it to the final. KKR skipper Eoin Morgan has also endured a torrid time with the bat this season. Dale Steyn also termed MS Dhoni the ‘poster boy’ when it comes to keeping his cool while donning the captain’s role.

Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn Photograph:Christiaan Kotze/AFP/Getty Images.

Dale Steyn hails MS Dhoni as a skipper:

Both MS Dhoni and Eoin Morgan are currently in the midst of their worst IPL forms ever. MS Dhoni has come out to bat 11 times this season, scoring only 114 runs averaging 16.2 at a strike rate of 106.54. Eoin Morgan, meanwhile, has batted in 15 IPL 2021 innings so far. He has mustered only 129 runs at an average of 11.73 and a strike rate of 98.47. In addition, he has scored just once in double digits since the tournament shifted to the UAE.

“It boils down to the last game, who can handle pressure the most and MS just looks like the guy that has done it so many times. Morgan is catching up, winning the world cup and having done well with the England team and all but MS Dhoni is the poster boy for cool, calm and collective when it comes to captaincy. Even if he has not scored runs,” said Dale Steyn.

MS Dhoni (BCCI/IPL)
MS Dhoni (BCCI/IPL)

MS Dhoni has achieved it all when it comes to the captaincy in the international arena as well as franchise cricket. On the other hand, Eoin Morgan will be looking to win the IPL and then lead England to glory in the upcoming T20 World Cup as well.

Dale Steyn: Both The Finalists’ Skippers Haven’t Been In Form But It Hasn’t Bothered The Two Franchises

With Eoin Morgan and MS Dhoni struggling with the bat, Dale Steyn outlined how pressure might be the difference-maker considering the one-off clash remaining in the final. The England skipper has only contributed 129 runs, while MS Dhoni has accounted for just 114 runs with the bat this season.

Steyn added: “Both of these teams have made the finals and both the captains have not done well at all. But it might boil down to pressure. Leading upto the tournament, everyone contributed where they can, but this is one game and that might be the problem. So far, it has not bothered both sides, they made it to the finals without the captain scoring runs,” Steyn explained.

KKR captain Eoin Morgan Twitter/@KKRiders
KKR captain Eoin Morgan- Twitter/@KKRiders

CSK have been successful in three of their eight IPL finals so far. Meanwhile, KKR has a 100 per cent record when it comes to finals, with their first crown coming with a win over CSK back in 2012. The two sides will face off for the 2021 IPL trophy at the Dubai International Stadium later tonight (October 15).

Eoin Morgan led England to victory in the 2019 50-over World Cup. MS Dhoni masterminded India’s wins. He was India’s captain when they won the Twenty20 World Cup in 2007 and the 2011 50-over title. But neither has been a big run-scorer in this year’s pandemic-hit tournament.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)
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RCB May Appoint KL Rahul As Skipper In IPL 2022: Dale Steyn

Dale Steyn, who has played a lot of cricket for RCB under Virat Kohli, shared his thoughts on life after Virat Kohli for the Bangalore-based franchise.

Virat Kohli announced that IPL 2021 will be his last season as RCB’s skipper as speculations are doing the rounds on who will be his likely replacement as skipper ahead of IPL 2022, which will see a mega auction taking place.

Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn – RCB Twitter

Dale Steyn: RCB May Appoint KL Rahul As Skipper In Place Of Virat Kohli Who Will Step Down As RCB Skipper

Dale Steyn said keeper opener KL Rahul could be the next captain of RCB in the 15th edition of IPL, weighing in on who could be the next potential candidate to take over the reins from Virat Kohli.

“If RCB is going to look at a long-term contender as captain, they should be looking within their own borders. The name I’ve got is an ex-Bangalore player. It’s KL Rahul. I just have a feeling he is going to return back to Bangalore in next year’s auction,” Dale Steyn told ESPNCricinfo.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)

KL Rahul, who is currently leading Punjab Kings in IPL 2021, was a part of the RCB set-up in the 2016 IPL and had a pretty good record at the top of the order with Virat Kohli. An unfortunate injury ruled him out of the entire 2017 IPL, and he was surprisingly released by the franchise ahead of 2018.

In that auction, Punjab Kings (formerly KXIP) picked him for 11 crores. KL Rahul was appointed as the PBKs skipper in 2020 when the Punjab franchise decided to trade Ravichandran Ashwin.

Dale Steyn Don’t Think AB de Villiers Will Be Assigned Captaincy

A mega auction is all set to take place, with two new teams entering the competition. BCCI has not made any formal announcements but going by the reports, the eight existing franchises in IPL 2021 won’t be allowed to retain more than two players.

Besides KL Rahul, AB de Villiers is another candidate, but when asked about the former South Africa captain’s chances of taking over from Virat Kohli, Dale Steyn said AB de Villiers is a very good leader, but perhaps RCB would want to look at the future and appoint an Indian captain.

AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli
AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli

“I don’t think AB de Villiers is the right way to go. I think he is a phenomenal player. But he is at the end of his career. I think he is a great leader,” Steyn concluded.

RCB, meanwhile, has not gotten off to an ideal start in the UAE leg of the IPL. They were hammered by KKR in the first match, and then CSK got the better of them in the next.

Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar also has named three players who can fit into the role of RCB captain from the next IPL season. The commentator named Kieron Pollard, Suryakumar Yadav, and David Warner as the probable candidates to lead RCB after Kohli. Among the three, he picked Mumbai Indians all-rounder Kieron Pollard as his favourite to lead the RCB.

Royals Challengers Bangalore have not yet tasted a victory in the UAE leg of IPL 2021, and they are placed at the third spot on the points table. The Virat Kohli-led side will lock horns with Mumbai Indians on Sunday, September 26, and RCB will look to make changes by bringing in the likes of Mohammed Azharuddeen, Shahbaz Ahmed, and Kyle Jamieson.

RCB’s predicted playing XI vs MI: Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers (WK), Glenn Maxwell, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Tim David, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini

Mohammed Siraj (Photo: AP)
Mohammed Siraj (Photo: AP)
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Dale Steyn Knew Mohammed Siraj Was Going To Have A Good Test Career

Dale Steyn, the South African legendary former pacer believes Mohammed Siraj has the right attitude and skills to succeed in England, picking the Indian pacer to have a successful Test career. Dale Steyn also praised Shardul Thakur who has played only 2 Tests.

Mohammed Siraj had troubled England batsmen on lifeless Indian pitches while bowling match-winning figures in Australia as he spearheaded the pace attack and was India’s highest wicket-taker with 13 scalps. But experienced Ishant Sharma was preferred ahead of him in the final.

Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Siraj. Pics/AP, PTI
Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Siraj. Pics/AP, PTI

Dale Steyn Knew Mohammed Siraj Was Going To Have A Good Test Career As He Brings A Good Attitude To The Game Which Was In Show In Australia Tour

In a column, Dale Steyn analyzed the Indian pace attack. Praising Mohammed Siraj, the South African wrote that he brings a good attitude to the game.

“I think he (Mohammed Siraj) brings a good attitude to the game. That’s another thing we tend to forget when you’re playing in English conditions. It’s not just about where you put the ball but also the attitude you bring, getting in people’s faces, making them play shots they don’t particularly want to play – I think Siraj is somebody who can do that.

“I saw parts of that little bit of fight when he played in Australia, and I immediately knew he was going to have a good Test career. Don’t forget about the attitude of a fast bowler too.”

Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Mohammed Siraj has played five Tests for India, claiming 16 wickets at an average of 28.25. He played a key role in India’s wins in the Melbourne and Brisbane Tests in the Australian tour picking up a maximum of 13 Test wickets.

The 25-year-old pacer made his debut in the second Test in Melbourne and immediately made his mark in international cricket. Eventually, he ended up as the highest wicket-taker for India with 13 wickets in the Border- Gavaskar Trophy 2020/21. What makes his performance even more praise-worthy was that Mohammed Siraj had lost his father when he was touring Australia for series.

Dale Steyn Compares Shardul Thakur’s Ability To Swing With Tim Southee

Dale Steyn reckons India would have relished playing the pacer in the World Test Championship (WTC) final. But he agreed that that would have come at the cost of another batter or a bowler who could bat better. India went ahead with Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Shami in the WTC final, which they lost to a spirited New Zealand side.

Dale Steyn emphasized fitness being the crucial parameter for Indian pacers to be successful in England. The 38-year-old also praised Shardul Thakur and compared his ability to swing with New Zealand’s Tim Southee’s.

“I like what they (India) have got right now. All those bowlers bring something different to the party. My advice is to stay fit. Five Test matches – that requires a lot of bowling. It’s a lot of wickets to take, and if you’re going to rely on your seamers to do a lot of bowling, you have to stay fit.”

Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn Photograph: Christiaan Kotze/AFP/Getty Images

“I like Shardul Thakur. He does swing the ball beautifully, and when he learns how to get the ball that stays straight on batters, that’s when he might find a lot more edges. He’s another guy like Tim Southee who can swing it beautifully. But he needs to learn how to bowl that kind of scrambled ball that just holds the line, and he can find the edges,” Dale Steyn wrote.

Dale Steyn also pointed out Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav’s ability to swing the ball at a good pace. He said that whoever among the two bowls is better in the nets should start in the Tests. The two-Test old Shardul Thakur was mighty impressive in the only longest format game he played in the away series against Australia this year, picking up seven wickets and scoring a half-century in Brisbane.

Cheteshwar Pujara and Dale Steyn
Cheteshwar Pujara and Dale Steyn
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Dale Steyn: Cheteshwar Pujara Lost Part Of His Game

Dale Steyn, a South African retired pacer believes Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has lost a part of his game by cutting down on playing shots off the back foot.

Cheteshwar Pujara had a dismal outing in the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) against New Zealand. He scored eight runs off 54 balls in the first innings and following that with 15 off 80 deliveries in the second innings. India ended up losing the game by eight wickets.

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara[photo: Twitter]

Dale Steyn: Cheteshwar Pujara Has Lost Playing Magical Cut Shots And Back Foot Drives

On Day 6, the reserve day of the Test, the Indian No. 3 nicked a ball from Kyle Jamieson to first slip. Expressing his disappointment at Cheteshwar Pujara’s shot selection and cutting down on shots off the back foot, Dale Steyn told ESPNCricinfo that it was a soft dismissal.

“Out of my memory, I just remember Pujara playing great off his legs. Very, very good off his legs and eyes underneath the ball. But I do remember him playing some magical cut shots and back foot drives. Maybe on pitches that a little bit quicker – and Indian wickets are not quick – he played some beautiful balls underneath his eyes through the cover. It’s a part of the game that I feel he has lost.”

Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn Photograph: Christiaan Kotze/AFP/Getty Images

Dale Steyn added: “That shot today that he played, if he was in a better position, a couple of years ago, maybe he would have gotten more on the back foot and punched it through the covers. Whereas he just stood there half and half on his front foot. Overall, a very soft dismissal – running it down to first slip is a very peculiar way of getting out for a top batter.”

Cheteshwar Pujara’s strike rate is bothering him. In the last few series starting with the New Zealand tour in 2020, his strike rate was 28.49(India vs New Zealand 2020), 29.2(India vs Australia 2020/21), 40.06(India vs England 2021), and 17.16 (WTC Final). His career strike rate is 44.64 and his Test average 46.08. In 2020, his average was only 20.38, and 30.33 in 2021.

Dale Steyn: Cheteshwar Pujara Is Missing Out On Runs

Regarded as one of the greatest bowlers in the game, Dale Steyn bowled to Cheteshwar Pujara during the early part of his career. During India’s 2013-14 tour of South Africa, the duo enjoyed a good contest, with the Indian batsman stroking a 153 in Johannesburg as Dale Steyn went wicketless in that innings. The South African wants Cheteshwar Pujara to be more proactive and not miss out on runs.

“That’s the thing I have seen lacking in Pujara. I’m so used to him rocking onto his back foot and playing with his hands and good feet movement. He’s kind of lost that part of his game. And if you’re only hanging on the front foot, good bowlers will not bowl half-volleys to you.”

Cheteshwar Pujara(Reuters Photo)
Cheteshwar Pujara(Reuters Photo)

Dale Steyn added: “And you’ve got to turn good balls into good shots. That’s the difference between Test cricket and first-class cricket. He’s missing out on a lot of runs there.”

Cheteshwar Pujara has averaged just over 28 since the conclusion of the Australian tour in early 2019. Though he played a crucial hand in India’s triumph in Down Under earlier this year, his strike rate dipped.

Ever since making his debut for the Indian cricket team, he has played the role of a reliable top-order batsman in the red-ball format. However, the 33-year-old is going through a slump as of now. He failed to deliver in both of the innings against New Zealand in the WTC final. As a result, the entire batting lineup crumbled behind him. He scored a combined 23 runs in the Ultimate Test, which is just far below his standards.

Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn Photograph:Christiaan Kotze/AFP/Getty Images
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Dale Steyn Would Bowl A Bouncer To Rishabh Pant If He Played A Reverse Scoop Off 1st Ball

Dale Steyn has stated that he would fire a bouncer to Rishabh Pant’s head if he ever played a reverse-scoop shot off his over’s first delivery in a Test match.

The South African speedster initially joked that he would roll the ball down the pitch because he would be too embarrassed to bowl another delivery if Rishabh Pant reverse-scooped him for a six.

Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: BCCI)
Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: BCCI)

Dale Steyn’s Second Ball To Rishabh Pant Would Be A Bouncer

But Dale Steyn added that his second delivery would definitely be a short ball.

“Is it still in the rulebook, can I roll the ball down the pitch because I would feel that embarrassed to run in and bowl another ball, but I can tell you that he would know where I am bowling the next ball, and that’s gonna be a short ball. That’s a 100%,” Dale Steyn said in a Q & A session with ESPNCricinfo.

Rishabh Pant played an outrageous reverse scoop/sweep off James Anderson. (AP)
Rishabh Pant played an outrageous reverse scoop/sweep off James Anderson. (AP)

Rishabh Pant played two reverse-scoops during England’s India tour earlier this year. First, he played that shot off James Anderson’s bowling during the fourth Test of the series. Then, he reverse-scooped a delivery from Jofra Archer during the T20I series.

Dale Steyn: It’s Disrespectful For Any Pacer To See His Delivery Being Reverse-Scooped

Dale Steyn further added that it was disrespectful for any fast bowler to see his delivery being reverse-scooped over the boundary line.

Dale Steyn, the legendary South Africa paceman, reckoned that it would have been embarrassing for him had Rishabh Pant played those shots against him. The 37-year-old stated that he would have responded with a short-pitched delivery in such a scenario. Dale Steyn was also of the opinion that Rishabh Pant may not want to show the same audacity while playing outside India.

Heaping praise on Rishabh Pant’s skills, Steyn continued: “That’s disrespectful to do that kind of reverse scooping stuff. What he did to James Anderson in India, I doubt he will do it anywhere else in the world, but at that time, he looked red-hot and he was batting in such good form. I think he did it to Jofra Archer also. It’s arrogance at its best. It is amazing.”

Rishabh Pant and Dale Steyn
Rishabh Pant and Dale Steyn. (Photo Source: Twitter and Getty Images)

Dale Steyn concluded by saying that Rishabh Pant is a great batsman with good eyes but he would go for Rishabh Pant’s head the next ball if he ever reverse-scooped him for a six.

Rishabh Pant has grown leaps and bounds ever since the 2020-21 Border Gavaskar Trophy in Australia. In the fourth Test, his unbeaten knock made sure that Ajinkya Rahane-led India pulled off an improbable heist at The Gabba in Brisbane and managed to win the series 2-1. The knock garnered him praises from every corner.

Not only has Rishabh Pant performed at the highest level, but also in the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). In the absence of Shreyas Iyer, who didn’t play the first leg, he led the Delhi Capitals (DC) with authority. He also showed decent touch with the willow.

Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn
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Dale Steyn Suggests India Might Want To Alter Their Playing XI

Dale Steyn has suggested that Team India might want to alter their playing XI despite announcing their team well in advance for the inaugural marquee World Test Championship final against New Zealand. Although India has gone in with two specialist spinners, Dale Steyn believes Virat Kohli’s team could include an extra seamer ahead of the toss today(the 2nd day).

New Zealand, meanwhile, is keeping their cards close to their chest as they are yet to announce their playing XI. In a press conference on Friday, Tom Latham stated that the Kiwi team management would have a look at the pitch before taking the final call on the team combination.

Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn Photograph: Christiaan Kotze/AFP/Getty Images

Dale Steyn: India Welcome If They Want To Change Previously Declared Team  And Bring In An Extra Seamer

But Dale Steyn praised India’s approach as it showed that they are confident of getting a positive result in the summit clash against top-ranked Kiwis.

The South African pacer Dale Steyn said in an interaction with ESPNCricinfo: “I like what they (Team India) have done. They have come out and told the world, the team that they are going to go with. But they only have to hand in the team sheet at the toss so if they want to change their team and bring in an extra seamer, they are more than welcome to do that. They probably might even do that.”

Ajaz Patel
Ajaz Patel (Photo Credit: ICC/Twitter)

Dale Steyn further added that India’s approach shows that they have a clear game plan heading into the WTC Final.

“It gives the players the opportunity to prepare and lets the opposition know that this team is ready. They have worked out how they are going to go about winning this Test match and they are putting it all out there.”

R Sridhar: Since The Toss Is Not Yet Over, A Decision On The Final XI Will Be Taken At The Time Of The Toss

Team India fielding coach R Sridhar hinted that the side is keeping their options open of a possible change in the playing XI before the toss. However, he added that the playing XI India named could win any Test, irrespective of the conditions on offer.

Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Speaking at a press conference after Day 1 of the final was washed out, R. Sridhar stated: “The XI that was announced (previously) is a team that takes the pitch and conditions out of the equation. They can perform in any given weather conditions. Having said that, the toss is not yet over, so a decision on the final XI will be taken at the time of the toss if needed,”

Mohammed Siraj’s form in the Test series against Australia and England earlier this year might tempt the Indian team management to go in with an extra seamer. It remains to be seen what decision Team India will make when Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson turn up for the toss on the Day 2 of the WTC final. Play may be possible on the second day with weather conditions bright and sunny.

Incessant rain washed out the opening day of the much-anticipated World Test Championship final at the Rose Bowl in Southampton, however, the weather forecast remains positive for at least the first half of the second day of the summit clash. Despite day 1 being washed out, the presence of a reserve sixth day mitigated the frustration. Day 2 hence will witness the toss for the summit clash and each day will likely have 98 overs.

Playing XI: Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant.

Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn
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Dale Steyn Wants To Play The Mind Games With Virat Kohli To Get The Better Of Him

Dale Steyn revealed his plan of bowling to India captain Virat Kohli. The battle between Dale Steyn and Virat Kohli is a much-awaited contest we have seen a few times in the recent past, but it was during a time when Dale Steyn was at the peak of his bowling prowess while Virat Kohli was a young and promising youngster on the fast track to becoming world’s best batsman.

Today, things have changed. Dale Steyn is on the final leg of his career having already retired from Test cricket, while Virat Kohli has established himself as one of the best batsmen of the modern era.

The sight of South African pacer Dale Steyn in his peak bowling to Virat Kohli today would have made for fascinating viewing. Having said that, if it were to happen, or if Dale Steyn is to still play a few more matches for his side South Africa and come across Virat Kohli in an ODI or T20I, it would be entertaining to watch for the spectators. Well, the South Africa fast bowler has the answer as he revealed his plan of bowling to India captain Virat Kohli.

“You’ve got to play the mind games with Virat. I would look at putting somebody in at short leg. I would let him know that I’m going to come at him, come at his body, want to come quickly at him. And I’d want him to try and pull because I feel like that’s his B game,” Steyn told Sanjay Manjrekar on ESPNCricinfo ahead of the start of the World Test Championship final in Southampton.

Dale Steyn with Virat Kohli, Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL
Dale Steyn with Virat Kohli, Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL (BCCI Photo)
 “Even though he does it really well, I’d want him to think that’s where I’m going to bowl, and then get it up there because I like to swing the ball, I like to move the ball. Look for those three modes of dismissals, LBW, bowled and the caught behind.”
Dale Steyn had retired from Test cricket after taking 439 scalps from 93 Tests averaging 22.95. He also has 196 ODI scalps and 64 T20I scalps besides his name. He had also taken 97 scalps from 95 IPL matches playing many games for Royal Challengers Bangalore besides skipper Virat Kohli. He has played 33 matches for RCB taking 32 scalps.

Dale Steyn Would Want Virat Kohli To Think He Will Bowl Short But He’ll Probably Bowl 6 Full Balls To Him

Dale Steyn explained his plan further, highlighting how he would aim to cash in on the initial uncertainty of the batsman as he will try to find his feet initially.  The South Africa fast bowler stressed the need to make the batsman believe that he’s being set up for a short ball while the reality would be something totally different.

Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn Photograph: Christiaan Kotze/AFP/Getty Images

“I’ll probably try to get him to nick every single ball but I’ll be telling him, ‘it’s coming… I’m going to hit you in the head you know’. I’m not going to swear at him but let him know that that short leg is in business.”

Dale Steyn did retire from Test cricket in August 2019, finishing his career in the longest format with 439 wickets at an outstanding average of 22.95. However, he has continued to play for the Proteas in the T20I format; his most recent international appearance came in a T20I against Australia in February 2020.

Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn Photograph:Christiaan Kotze/AFP/Getty Images
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Dale Steyn Recalls Sreesanth’s Swinging Bat Celebration After Smashing Andre Nel For A Six

Dale Steyn, a South African pacer is one of the few modern-day seamers who belong to the club of all-time great bowlers. His aggressive attitude mixed with deadly pace, remarkable control on line and length, and capability to swing the cricket ball both ways make him the legend of the fascinating game. Irrespective of the formats, Dale Steyn has never missed a chance to prove his virtuosity.

Even off the field, Dale Steyn is nothing short of an amusing lad who keeps his fans on the edge of their seats. The 37-year-old is quite active on social media, and more often than not, he provides the dose of entertainment with his smart responses.

Dale Steyn reminisces S Sreesanth’s ‘swinging bat celebration’ after hitting a six off Andre Nel
Dale Steyn reminisces S Sreesanth’s ‘swinging bat celebration’ after hitting a six off Andre Nel (Image Source: Twitter)

Dale Steyn Cites Senior India Bowler S Sreesanth’s Six Off Andre Nel As Favourite Shot For Legendary Swinging Bat Celebration

On Saturday, the Proteas paceman gave a glimpse of such while responding to a question on the micro-blogging website Twitter. It all happened when ESPNcricinfo posted a query asking everyone about their favourite batsmen and a shot that gives them chills every time.

While some fans picked Sachin Tendulkar’s straight drive as the answer, some went with Virat Kohli’s cover drive and MS Dhoni’s helicopter shot as well. However, it was Dale Steyn who grabbed all the attention with his bewitching answer.

Sreesanth has already made it clear that he intends to resume at least his domestic career.© Instagram
Sreesanth has already made it clear that he intends to resume at least his domestic career.© Instagram

The Phalaborwa Express cited senior Indian bowler S. Sreesanth’s six off Andre Nel. Recalling the famous shot, Dale Steyn talked about S Sreesanth’s sensational ‘swinging bat celebration’ and termed it as ‘Legendary’.

“Sreesanth and his slog off Andre Nel for 6 with the swinging bat celebration. Legendary,” tweeted Dale Steyn.

The Kerala-born cricketer had been provoked by the constant chatter from Andre Nel, who kept saying “Indians don’t have a heart”, as revealed by S Sreesanth once.

S Sreesanth Hits A Six Off A Bouncer From South African Andre Nel And Danced With His Swinging Bat Celebration

The episode took place when India was on South Africa tour back in 2007. During the first Test match in Johannesburg, Andre Nel bowled a bouncer and followed it up with an exchange of words that fired the Kerala cricketer up.

S Sreesanth
S Sreesanth. (Credits: Twitter)

On the very next ball, S Sreesanth stepped forward and smashed Andre Nel’s delivery for a six over the long-off region. He didn’t just stop there as after reaching the non-striker’s end, he was seen dancing with his swinging bat celebration, leaving everyone in splits.

S Sreesanth produced a dance move by swinging his bat, much to the amusement of the onlookers. Dale Steyn was also part of that fixture, but he could not much impact on his team.

The tourists won that Test by 123, with S Sreesanth getting eight wickets in the match, including a fifer in the first. Nevertheless, India lost the series as South Africa registered victories in the next two.

On 16 May 2013, the Delhi police arrested S Sreesanth and two of his Rajasthan Royals teammates, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan from Mumbai, on charges of spot-fixing during IPL 6. On 13 September 2013, S Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan were banned for life by BCCI’s disciplinary committee.

The BCCI later reduced his ban to 7 years, which meant that he could play all forms of the game from 13 September 2020. S Sreesanth took 4 scalps in 5 games in Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 2020/21 and picked 13 scalps including a 4 wicket and a 5 wicket haul in 6 games in Vijay Hazare Trophy 2020/21 on his return to domestic cricket but his name wasn’t included in the shortlist of 292 players in the IPL 2021 auction.

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Dale Steyn
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IPL 2021: Dale Steyn Finds It Strange On Seeing David Warner Not Part Of The Playing XI

Dale Steyn, the South Africa fast bowler pointed out that he finds the decision to drop David Warner ‘strange’ given his track record in the IPL. South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn feels the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League could be David Warner’s final season with the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Dale Steyn’s reaction comes after Australian David Warner, a day after being removed as captain of the side, missed out on being part of the team’s Playing XI against Rajasthan Royals.

Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn Photograph: Christiaan Kotze/AFP/Getty Images

Dale Steyn Finds It Strange David Warner Isn’t Part Of The Playing 11 As He Hints IPL 2021 Might Be The Last Season He Will Be Seen In SRH Colours

Dale Steyn feels that it would have been alright to appoint Kane Williamson as captain and still give David Warner a game. But the South Africa fast bowler pointed out that he finds the decision to drop David Warner ‘strange’ given his track record in the IPL and added that if given a chance he would always have the Australia batsman in his team.

David Warner is the fifth on the list of IPL’s highest run-getters, and the only batsmen to score fifty half-centuries in the tournament, besides being a three-time Orange Cap winner, the most by any player.

Kane Williamson SPORTZPICS/Instagram
Kane Williamson SPORTZPICS/Instagram

“It’s strange that he isn’t a part of the playing eleven. It’s understandable if they want to change ownership of captaincy for the next season, and keep Kane there. But David is still a phenomenal batter and I would still keep him in the eleven. But this might be the last time we see Warner in the Orange Army,” Steyn told ESPNCricinfo.

With 5447 runs, David Warner is fifth on the list of the leading run-getters in the IPL but first overall in terms of overseas players. A day after being removed as captain of the team, David Warner was axed from the team as well, with the fourth overseas player’s spot going to Mohammad Nabi. With 50 half-centuries, he has the maximum fifties in IPL and he is the only player to have won the Orange Cap a record three times – in 2015, 2017, and 2019.

David Warner is not only the top scorer in SRH’s history, the 34-year-old has also led the team to their maiden IPL title (2016) and multiple qualifier finishes. Kane Williamson, on the other hand, marshaled SRH to a runner-up finish in David Warner’s absence in 2018.

Dale Steyn Feels There’s Definitely Something Happening Behind SRH’s Closed Doors

Even though SRH’s director of operations Tom Moody hinted that opener David Warner’s axing was purely based on the team composition, Dale Steyn feels there is more to it, believing that there may have been some sort of falling out following David Warner’s comment on Manish Pandey getting dropped after the first match.

“I don’t know if David may have questioned some of the decisions, maybe when Manish Pandey was left out. Sometimes, the management doesn’t appreciate that, I guess. The captain of the team also needs to take ownership of his squad and who’s going out on the field. Seems like there’s definitely happening something behind closed doors, the public is not aware of,” mentioned Steyn.

David Warner
David Warner (Courtesy by BCCI)

Hyderabad brought in Afghan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi instead as the fourth overseas player in the playing XI, which also includes Englishman Jonny Bairstow and Afghan spinner Rashid Khan.

However, in Kane Williamson’s first IPL 2021 match as skipper, Rajasthan Royals were back to winning ways after registering a victory against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). The franchise is languishing at the bottom of the points table after just one win in their first 7 matches and is almost surely out of the play-offs race.

Chris Lynn Instagram
Chris Lynn Instagram
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IPL 2021: Dale Steyn Suggests Mumbai Indians Should Open With Quinton de Kock And Chris Lynn

Dale Steyn suggests Mumbai Indians should open the innings with Quinton de Kock and Australia batsman Chris Lynn and make the captain bat at No. 3.

Despite the fact that Mumbai Indians returned to winning ways with a victory over Rajasthan Royals in Delhi on Thursday, fast bowler Dale Steyn reckons the team can do with a bit of a batting shuffle to throw the opposition off-guard. The pacer Dale Steyn suggests MI should open the innings with Quinton de Kock and Australia batsman Chris Lynn and make Rohit Sharma bat at No. 3.

Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Chris Lynn (Pic Source: Twitter)
Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Chris Lynn (Pic Source: Twitter)

Dale Steyn: MI Can Experiment A Little By Pushing Rohit Sharma At No. 3

Chris Lynn played the first match of the season for MI, scoring 49 against Royal Challengers Bangalore opening the batting, but hasn’t gotten a game since Quinton de Kock returned from the second match. Rohit Sharma on the other hand has got starts, scoring 43, 32, 44, 63, and 14 in the five matches played so far.

“I like Rohit as an opening batter but you could throw a real spanner in the works by opening with QDK (Quinton de Kock) and Chris Lynn and push Rohit at 3 and SKY (Suryakumar Yadav) at 4,” said Dale Steyn on ESPNCricinfo.

Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn

However, Dale Steyn feels MI can experiment a little dropping the skipper down to No. 3 and in form Suryakumar Yadav in at No. 4. Notably, Rohit Sharma’s MI have failed to put up a total of more than 160 runs in their first 5 matches of the IPL 2021 season.

Playing on the slow and tricky wickets of Chennai, Mumbai Indians have batted first on all 5 occasions and have managed to win two of them. In their match against Delhi Capitals, Mumbai failed to defend 137 and then failed to defend 131 against Punjab Kings. The middle-order consisting of Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, and Kieron Pollard are yet to score big.

Dale Steyn: Ishan Kishan’s Form Cause Of Worry

Dale Steyn expressed concern over the form of MI batsman Ishan Kishan, who hasn’t quite got going in IPL 2021. Contrary to IPL 2020, where Ishan Kishan scored 516 from 14 matches, he has produced innings of 28, 1, 12, 26, and 6. Dale Steyn believes the youngster has failed to reproduce his form from the last season while also speaking about the likes of Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard as MI is fielding 3 overseas players nowadays.

“It (Ishan Kishan’s form) is a cause of worry. They have played some games now, they have given him the opportunity to get going, he hasn’t shown the same form as last year. And there’s an option because they have only been playing three overseas pros for the last couple of games,” Dale Steyn pointed out.

Ishan Kishan. Photo Credit: (Twitter)
Ishan Kishan. Photo Credit: (Twitter)

“It just extends their batting a little bit. We have seen them struggle in their middle order with Hardik, Krunal and Kieron (Pollard). Kieron has done OK but Hardik hasn’t just pitched up yet.”

Ishan Kishan was dropped from the match against the Royal at Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium. Ishan Kishan played in the first 5 matches of the 5-time champions and scored 73 runs at an average of 14.60 and strike rate of 82.95 on slow Chennai pitches.

Brief Scores:  Mumbai Indians: 172-3 (Quinton de Kock 70*, Krunal Pandya 39; Chris Morris 2-33 ) beat Rajasthan Royals: 171/4 (Sanju Samson 42, Jos Buttler 41; Rahul Chahar 2-33) by 7 wickets.

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