While South Africa big Dale Steyn is perhaps the greatest fast bowler of this generation, he still regrets. Dale Steyn is one of the most beautiful cricketers to watch and steam in. But the veteran seam bowler, who is yet to reach his full potential in the Indian Premier League (IPL), regrets that he did not focus on his batting.
Dale Steyn is undoubtedly one of the best bowlers to have set foot in the 22-yard line, and his numbers suggest that. The 38-year-old’s 699 wickets are the most by any South African bowler, while his 439 Test sheets are the most for South Africa. Not only was Steyn effective in performing yorkers, in-swing and outswing deliveries, the veteran was able to generate a lot, even from an unresponsive reaction.
But many may not know that Dale Steyn initially wanted to be a batsman and revealed that he decided to bat when he suffered a thigh muscle injury in his first academy, as bowling was not feasible. The veteran of 93 Tests also won the Batsman-of-the-Year award, performed at number three and joined the Titans team.
‘When I was in school in my first academic year, I had a bad thigh muscle injury. So about six months I didn’t really bowl. I then decided that I was going to bat. I batted at number three and finally got Batsman-of-the-Year at my academy. I mean it’s ridiculous. And then I went to Pretoria to join the Titans, ” Steyn told Sanjay Manjrekar in an interaction on ESPN Cricinfo.
I quickly realized I was a decent batter, but these guys were batsmen: Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn revealed that after meeting guys like Faf Du Plessis, AB de Villiers and Alviro Petersen, he realized they were proper batsmen, unlike him, who was decent at it. Therefore, to play for the Titans, he decided to put more effort into his bowling. But looking back, the 38-year-old realizes he could have raised more money at IPL if he had focused a little more on batting.
‘When I got there, I met Faf (du Plessis), AB (de Villiers). Then I started rubbing shoulders with Alviro Pietersen. I quickly realized I was a decent batter, but these guys were batsmen. And I thought if I was even going to play for South Africa or for the Titans, I should focus mainly on my bowling. ‘I’m so sorry about that now, because I think I could have been closer to 20 on average and who knows for more money in the IPL if I were a better versatile player like Chris Morris,’ he added.