Over the years, we often compare some of the finest players in the world with players with similar stature from previous generations.
Every fan has at some point wondered what would have happen if Sachin Tendulkar faced the great West Indian quartet from the 1970s and 1980s, or how Virat Kohli would have fared against the likes of Wasim, Waqar and Akhtar in their prime.
Dale Steyn is definitely someone who transcends generations, as the great South African is one of the best fast bowlers that we have ever seen. In his prime, Steyn was almost unplayable, as he ability to swing the ball at 145-150 kmph proved to be lethal for all batsmen.
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Steyn has also captured the imagination of people in the IPL, as the fast bowler terrorized batsmen in the league. Steyn was first part of Royal Challengers Bangalore, as he played at the Chinnaswamy stadium until 2010.
He then moved to Deccan Chargers, as the Hyderabad outfit saw Steyn at the peak of his powers. His outstanding performances lit up the league, as he was the premier bowler in the world cricket at that moment.
In 2016, Dale Steyn moved packed his things and once again switched sides, as he joined Gujarat Lions. But by then, injuries started taking a toll on Steyn, as the great pacer found it more and more difficult to string in consistent performances for his side.
Last year was a terrible year for Steyn, as he was injured for pretty much the entire year. The great man made his return this January against India, but unfortunately had to leave the series mid-way through the first test match.
This latest injury set back puts Steyn on the sidelines for up to six weeks. This is what Steyn had to say about his injury,
“I’m on the crutches, because I’ve got a no-weight bearing on my leg for a while, at least two weeks. It’s right on the heel, extremely sore to stand on. Have to give it the time to recover. Will be up and running in six weeks. That ball, I came a little bit wide on the crease. Landed on the side of the foot hole.
Don’t know, must have slipped on it a little bit. Went back to the top of my mark. Tried to run, and I was like, no this isn’t happening. A little tear came up on the MRI. Not ideal, have had a whole year off already. I was feeling good, was enjoying it actually. But it’s okay.”
But Steyn is confident of making it to the IPL this year, as he has announced that he will be available in the auction for a base price of Rs 1 crore.
Now let’s see who picks up the great pacer!