South African icon Dale Steyn has revealed his ideal fast-bowling assault by choosing his five favorite quicks, who are presently competing in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia.
Dale Steyn was a deadly fast bowler in his own right, and the former South African quick created one of the most memorable moments in T20 World Cup history when he brilliantly protected seven runs off the final over against New Zealand during a group match in Chattogram in 2014.
However, with Dale Steyn now retired and part of the strong list of commentators at this year’s T20 World Cup Down Under, the 39-year-old has been keeping a careful eye on all the action. Dale Steyn was asked to choose his five favorite fast bowlers competing in the T20 World Cup, and it should come as no surprise that two South African fast bowlers made the cut.
Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje (South Africa)
South Africa’s offensive is led by Kagiso Rabada. I’m expecting South Africa will win this World Cup, and with him pairing up with Anrich Nortje as my other South African fast bowler, I believe the two of them in combination are absolutely wonderful ” Dale Steyn said.
“They’ve got terrific pace, they’ve got fantastic talent, especially in Australia, and Rabada seems to step up a level whenever he gets to Australia, so I’m hoping that competitive streak comes out of him and the two of them can help South Africa win the World Cup.
Mark Wood (England)
Mark Wood from England is a favorite of mine,” Dale Steyn said. He told me the other night that he’s going to bowl well. I believe he is the first fast bowler to deliver all 24 balls in a four-over period at above 140 km/h.
He didn’t appear to bowl a single slower ball; he’s simply great. He loves to rush batters, delivers a beautiful Yorker, and is a fantastic bouncer, and I believe Mark Wood will be the man to carry England all the way.
Trent Boult (New Zealand)
Dale Steyn said about Boult that he is the most experienced bowler on New Zealand Side, played plenty of WC & the very best when he comes to Yorkers. Trent Boult, a fast bowler from New Zealand, also commonly employs the in-swinging Yorker. He can start firing those deadly toe-crushing bullets at 145 pounds or more.
Given that he is a left-Armer, he creates those distinct angles that make him almost unplayable for any batter when he comes in from around the wicket, especially when he pitches the lethal Yorkers right in the line of the middle stump, forcing the latter to either get his bat down or play with a cross bat and requires precise timing. The stumps might fly in either a late or early instant.
Mitchell Starc (Australia)
Dale Steyn described Starc as “a superb quick bowler. He has plenty of experience in Australia, having won the World Cup twice with Australia, once in 50-over cricket, and once in T20 cricket.
Heaps of experience again, another great wicket-taker, left-arm, something new, he terrifies the batsmen with sheer pace and understands how to win championships simply from excellent experience over the years and World Cup-winning medals.
Shaheen Afridi (Pakistan)
My last fast bowler is Shaheen Shah Afridi, who is another left-arm quick bowler,” Dale Steyn explained. We watched him in the previous T20 World Cup, and he was just great.”
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He has fantastic technique, looks to swing it back to the right-handers, and has good skill when it comes to the slower ball, a very quick bouncer and again, another person on whom Pakistan will rely if they want to overcome South Africa and go to the semi-finals.”
Shaheen Shah Afridi will be the person.”