- Former South African bowler asked to pick a batsman from the current era who would have troubled him
- Dale Steyn pick the Indian batsman, replying with just 2 letters
- Dale Steyn is the highest wicket taker for South Africa
The former South African bowler, Dale Steyn, who is often regarded as one of the finest pacers of his generation to play the game of Cricket and is known to create problems for even the best of the batsmen of his ear answered a question from his fan with just 2 letters.
Steyn, to whom the surface hardly mattered, whether he was bowling on the helpful tracks in South Africa and England, or trying to make the most of the placid wickets in the sub-continent, Steyn was at his best on every surface and against all kinds of batting attacks.
Steyn, who played his last test in 2019, finished his Test career with 439 wickets in 93 matches and is the highest wicket-taker for his country.
Steyn was expected to pick up more wickets in Tests but the latter part of his career was plagued with several injuries, which led him to miss a lot of international cricket.
His stellar strike-rate of 42.3 is the best among all bowlers who have picked 300 or more wickets in the longest format and is only second to compatriot Kagiso Rabada, among those who have picked 200 or more wickets.
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Steyn, now 38 years old, also picked up 196 wickets in 125 ODIs and 64 wickets in 47 Twenty20 International matches.
Dale Steyn, now dons the role of a cricket pundit and commentator, on Tuesday, took to Twitter and made himself available to his fans for a question-and-answer session.
As it happens during these sessions, excited fans took the opportunity to pick the speedster’s brains on several issues and asked him a plethora of questions.
One Twitter user asked him a very interesting question: “In today’s generation which batter do you think would have created a problem for you as a bowler?”
To this Steyn answer was just two letters — “KL”.
It was pretty obvious that he meant the Indian opening batsmen KL Rahul, who is considered one of the finest of this generation.
KL— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) November 9, 2021
The 29 year old has been an integral part of the Indian team for the past couple of years. Though he has been in and out of the Indian Test side, he was able to make a good comeback on the tour of England.
Rahul, who is considered to be a Test specialist at the start of his career, as he scored a century in Australia, Rahul changed his game to suit all formats and since then been a part of India’s limited overs teams as well.
He played in the 2019 ICC World Cup after Shikhar Dhawan was injured during a match against Australia and was also a part of India’s recent T20 World Cup campaign.
Rahul is also being seen as the future great by many and the future captain of team India.
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And the endorsement coming from the accomplished Dale Steyn only strengthens the prowess of KL Rahul.