India in South Africa 2013-14 December 9, 2013

Aggression working wonders for Steyn

Dale Steyn doesn't aim to just hit the "right areas" in one-day cricket, he goes out there to attack the batsmen, and the results are there for all to see
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A day before the start of this ODI series, South Africa had a long training session. Towards the end of it, Dale Steyn went in to bat, and struggled. The metal stumps were rattled at least once, the attempted big hits didn't go far, and the timing just wasn't there. Steyn's cursing of himself reverberated through the empty practice facility at the Wanderers. As he was leaving, clearly frustrated with his batting, he absolutely demolished a set of stumps in one of the nets with his bat. His coach and other support staff were there, and his captain was there. Nobody spoke a word. They all just quickly stepped aside.

Steyn was angry, no one wanted to bother him, but they must have known it was a good space for Steyn to be in before a big series. It works with Steyn. He once said, jokingly, if somebody ever manages to make his friend and team-mate Morne Morkel angry, he will become the best bowler in the world.

Steyn has let out all that anger on the white Kookaburra in this series, which has conveyed the message to the India batsman. In 15 high-quality overs, he has conceded just 42 runs, and taken six wickets. More importantly, by the time he finished his first spells, the matches were over as a contest. For a young batting unit with little experience of these conditions - an A tour on flat pitches cannot count - it is quite possible Steyn has left a few intimidated. And Steyn says that he has seen that in the batsmen's eyes.

Alternatively, in Steyn's eyes you can see that he knows he has the batsmen at his mercy. That he can continue to play with them. Wickets are important, but he is not desperate to get them immediately. Going past the bat, or bowling bouncers that the batsman can do nothing to, is giving him as much joy. "I've got you now. You're mine," Steyn once said of the helplessness he sometimes spots in the batsmen's eyes. Sometimes torturing the batsman for a period in the public eye can leave a deeper scar than actually getting him out first ball.

Steyn did that to Rohit Sharma in the first match with his searing quick outswingers. For 15 deliveries Rohit couldn't touch the ball. He knew he couldn't chase them. When he tried, he was beaten. The pace had been set. India were now chasing the game. For a shorter period in the second game, Steyn did the same to Ajinkya Rahane. This time with bouncers. They were quick, they were high, but not higher than the shoulder. Steyn was telling him, "Go ahead, try to hook them. If you don't, I will keep bouncing you, and you won't even get a no-ball." What do you do to such bowling if you haven't been facing such pace and skill all your life?

Hard as it is to believe, this is a new start for Steyn. He has played just 79 ODIs. In the past, Steyn has been used sparingly in ODI cricket by South Africa. They usually keep him for big events such as the World Cup. Which is why this year, with 27 wickets at 15.85 and an economy rate of 3.65, has been his most successful in 50-overs cricket. There is a clear shift in the philosophy. South Africa want Steyn in ODIs, even bilateral series. They might rest him in dead rubbers, but they want him to be part of the core group as they approach the World Cup.

It is going to be a refreshing change in the world of right areas that ODI cricket is. Steyn doesn't just run up and put the ball in the "right areas", he goes out there to attack the batsmen. There can be days when he gets too full or too straight. There can be days when the pitch might be a little flat and slow, which makes his natural, aggressive length hittable. Like it happened in Gwalior when Sachin Tendulkar hit the first ODI double-hundred. Steyn went for 89 in his 10 overs that day. The theory that Steyn might not make that good a limited-overs bowler was perpetuated by his first two or three years in the IPL.

However, when South Africa's ODI ranking began to fall - even as they became the best Test side in the world - they began to preserve their best bowler a little less. Not that they might need to: Steyn is one of the fittest athletes in cricket today, and his action is so pure and smooth he is the least likeliest of the fast bowlers around to get injured. His inclusion back into the ODI side has given South Africa something other teams lack: a genuine strike bowler you absolutely need to play out for little returns if you want to keep wickets in hand.

The results are there for all to see. South Africa can now afford to rest him for the inconsequential third ODI, but Steyn's importance to the ODI side, and ODI cricket in general, has been established. It might help South Africa further if every now and then their bowlers in the nets keep pinging Steyn's stumps.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • hems4cric on December 10, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    I had seen Steyn live in an IPL match and all we could see was steyn run in to bowl and then we would search where the ball was, somebody in the group would say the ball is with the keeper.. he was that fast... It was pure joy to watch the batsmen struggle against Steyn, especially Rohit. He looked like a school kid trying to survive in the middle and may be if given a chance he would have ran to dhoni crying... As much as I want India to win the matches, i would be really happy if the current bunch can atleast compete against the SA bowlers, this is the best lessons the batsmen can get... Steyn is simply awesome..

  • legfinedeep on December 11, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    karthikrby dude and all others who keep bemoaning Indian team as young as inexperienced, SA are "young and inexperienced" by Indian standards. SA has not won tournaments because they have are still practising. After all when India won 3 decades ago SA was not even playing cricket, and it still took India another 30 years to win again, so please give SA 30 years to win at least. Actually, let's adjust for population and other factors and give SA another 50 years to gain "experience". After all SA only have less than 1/20th Indian population, not much talent pool to choose from, and even from that narrow pool, it is diluted by guys choosing soccer, rugby, golf, swimming, athletics etc for their sports. People are not just fixated only on cricket, and that too only on batting.

  • legfinedeep on December 11, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    SA is an "inexperienced" side compared to India. After all, SA have only being playing ODIs since early 90s. India has been playing much longer (after all if we can stretch the argument that Indian side is inexperienced, then we can stretch the same for SA side too:)) Therefore wait and see, after some experience they will become good since they are so ordinary now. Experience by India standards means also means each player must be 40 years old at least. Dekock having 2 hundreds in his home matches means nothing because Sharma and Dhawan also score hundred at home. But wait, there home is a flat road, and even SA batsman have higher averages on Indian tracks, therefore if we must adjust scores for Indian tracks then we have RAISE Dekock's scores. Hmmm. Anyway SA side is just ordinary and inexperienced, so just imagine how pathetic a side has to be to get walloped twice by an ordinary side.

  • srizulu1369 on December 11, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    @karthikrby: you must be joking..you said there is nothing to highlight when you win in favourable conditions? so don't call yourself the world champs, u r just the champions of india..If you are world champs then you must win in any country & on any pitch.. and before you talk about steyn's class, are you saying that your classy sachin won you the world cup.. he was back in the pavilion in a hurry in 2003 & 2011 finals..so learn about history and about players before commenting on this site & please do accept the fact that you are the one choking on hard truth...

  • Protears on December 11, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    Karthinbry@ I don't know whether to laugh at you or pitty you. If people exist for a plan I cease to understand your purpose unless the power to be wanted an incessant troll.

  • JomonTvm on December 11, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    @Greatest_Game: South Africans also struggled a lot in India. No need to highlight victories in familiar conditions. South Africa repeatedly fails in multinational tournaments like World cups. But India has already proved it.

  • karthikrby on December 11, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    Same steyn/morkel combo let indians to score 400 runs in an ODI means they are ordinary bowlers.

    Also they never took SA through finals of any tournament. To me match winners are always great players. I have seen McGrath/Murali/Wasim doing that. Any one remember steyn winning match in any important final? SA is an unprectitable team. They can win any team, but they will choke in important matches. Even their kids can't win U19 world cup. Its an inherited DNA to choke.

  • Testcricketistop on December 11, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    Arvind Matkar

    Hmmm, with an average of under 22 in India for Steyn I get what you are saying.

  • on December 11, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    People thinks Indian Batsman flat track bully same goes to Steyn & co they are fast & bouncey track bully if they comes to India then same Indian batsman will take them to the cleaners,Let this Indian young batsman chance to settle & climatize then we will see real Indian batsman people shouldn't judge with just two one day international what South Africa won so far,INDIA Won 60 overs world cup,50 overs world cup, T20 world cup & they were not long ago test word champion & currently rank no1 in world in one dayers

  • Joseph10 on December 11, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    im an indian......what makes steyn so great is how well he bowls on wickets that are flat and do not offer any assistance to the fast bowlers.....

    his bowling records in india is outstanding....that 7 wkt haul in nagpur reverse swinging the ball like a boomerang was a treat to watch....

    that 5 wkt haul in the morning of the 1st test in ahmedabad getting india all out for 85 something....a true match winner

    yes he doesnt have inswing....but pace,outswing, reverse swing, accuracy....he has got everything else......and he still picks truckloads of wickets

  • hems4cric on December 10, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    I had seen Steyn live in an IPL match and all we could see was steyn run in to bowl and then we would search where the ball was, somebody in the group would say the ball is with the keeper.. he was that fast... It was pure joy to watch the batsmen struggle against Steyn, especially Rohit. He looked like a school kid trying to survive in the middle and may be if given a chance he would have ran to dhoni crying... As much as I want India to win the matches, i would be really happy if the current bunch can atleast compete against the SA bowlers, this is the best lessons the batsmen can get... Steyn is simply awesome..

  • legfinedeep on December 11, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    karthikrby dude and all others who keep bemoaning Indian team as young as inexperienced, SA are "young and inexperienced" by Indian standards. SA has not won tournaments because they have are still practising. After all when India won 3 decades ago SA was not even playing cricket, and it still took India another 30 years to win again, so please give SA 30 years to win at least. Actually, let's adjust for population and other factors and give SA another 50 years to gain "experience". After all SA only have less than 1/20th Indian population, not much talent pool to choose from, and even from that narrow pool, it is diluted by guys choosing soccer, rugby, golf, swimming, athletics etc for their sports. People are not just fixated only on cricket, and that too only on batting.

  • legfinedeep on December 11, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    SA is an "inexperienced" side compared to India. After all, SA have only being playing ODIs since early 90s. India has been playing much longer (after all if we can stretch the argument that Indian side is inexperienced, then we can stretch the same for SA side too:)) Therefore wait and see, after some experience they will become good since they are so ordinary now. Experience by India standards means also means each player must be 40 years old at least. Dekock having 2 hundreds in his home matches means nothing because Sharma and Dhawan also score hundred at home. But wait, there home is a flat road, and even SA batsman have higher averages on Indian tracks, therefore if we must adjust scores for Indian tracks then we have RAISE Dekock's scores. Hmmm. Anyway SA side is just ordinary and inexperienced, so just imagine how pathetic a side has to be to get walloped twice by an ordinary side.

  • srizulu1369 on December 11, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    @karthikrby: you must be joking..you said there is nothing to highlight when you win in favourable conditions? so don't call yourself the world champs, u r just the champions of india..If you are world champs then you must win in any country & on any pitch.. and before you talk about steyn's class, are you saying that your classy sachin won you the world cup.. he was back in the pavilion in a hurry in 2003 & 2011 finals..so learn about history and about players before commenting on this site & please do accept the fact that you are the one choking on hard truth...

  • Protears on December 11, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    Karthinbry@ I don't know whether to laugh at you or pitty you. If people exist for a plan I cease to understand your purpose unless the power to be wanted an incessant troll.

  • JomonTvm on December 11, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    @Greatest_Game: South Africans also struggled a lot in India. No need to highlight victories in familiar conditions. South Africa repeatedly fails in multinational tournaments like World cups. But India has already proved it.

  • karthikrby on December 11, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    Same steyn/morkel combo let indians to score 400 runs in an ODI means they are ordinary bowlers.

    Also they never took SA through finals of any tournament. To me match winners are always great players. I have seen McGrath/Murali/Wasim doing that. Any one remember steyn winning match in any important final? SA is an unprectitable team. They can win any team, but they will choke in important matches. Even their kids can't win U19 world cup. Its an inherited DNA to choke.

  • Testcricketistop on December 11, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    Arvind Matkar

    Hmmm, with an average of under 22 in India for Steyn I get what you are saying.

  • on December 11, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    People thinks Indian Batsman flat track bully same goes to Steyn & co they are fast & bouncey track bully if they comes to India then same Indian batsman will take them to the cleaners,Let this Indian young batsman chance to settle & climatize then we will see real Indian batsman people shouldn't judge with just two one day international what South Africa won so far,INDIA Won 60 overs world cup,50 overs world cup, T20 world cup & they were not long ago test word champion & currently rank no1 in world in one dayers

  • Joseph10 on December 11, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    im an indian......what makes steyn so great is how well he bowls on wickets that are flat and do not offer any assistance to the fast bowlers.....

    his bowling records in india is outstanding....that 7 wkt haul in nagpur reverse swinging the ball like a boomerang was a treat to watch....

    that 5 wkt haul in the morning of the 1st test in ahmedabad getting india all out for 85 something....a true match winner

    yes he doesnt have inswing....but pace,outswing, reverse swing, accuracy....he has got everything else......and he still picks truckloads of wickets

  • Testcricketistop on December 11, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    badshahbilal

    Do yourself a favour and type "Dale steyn inswing" into youtube, you'll find all the proof you need about his inswingers.

  • ianbellfan on December 11, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    The nutters who is calling Steyn ordinary either do not understand cricket or are blindly parochial. Given below is his test bowling career summary away from home taken from Statsguru. He is averaging close to 5 wickets per match against every opponent, away from home. So people, please learn to appreciate quality when you see it.

    Mat Inns Overs Mdns Runs Wkts Aus 6 11 240.5 44 841 30 Ban 2 4 62.4 13 176 14 Eng 5 9 212.3 47 728 23 Ind 5 8 149.5 19 526 26 NZ 3 6 100.2 33 239 9 Pak 2 4 55.3 10 222 9 SL 2 3 61.5 4 292 8 UAE 4 8 152.2 38 459 14 WI 3 5 82.3 17 272 15

  • badshahbilal on December 11, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    No doubt steyn is current a world's no.1 bowler he has pace, he has aggression and he has ability to take wickets. But if you go back few years bowlers like steyn couldn't survive more cuz he is cannot move ball into the bowler that is his weakness. One cannot totally rely on his outswingers and out seamers but you need to move into the batsman to take wickets more often. When I saw steyn beat Sharma for consecutive 15 balls I juz got annoyed that why he didn't ball a single inswinger to surprise him to get a change of LBW or bowled. like Waqar, Wasim McGrath used to do in their time. Secondly Steyn is not quiet capable of bowling yorkers, a bowler with that pace should really be bowling good yorkers specially in the end of the innings.

  • natesh_ravi on December 11, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    Murali Vijay would play a great role in the test series., he is experienced and know how to play against pace bowlers, if he is settled means he would be a big threat for south African players.. and Zaheer Khan can use the pitch for his advantage and can give a good comeback,,,,

    LETS GO INDIA.....!!!!!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on December 11, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    @Greatest_Game. Quinton de Kock playing at home, not away. Similarly, Dhavan and Rohit got runs - back to back hundreds - at home.

  • on December 11, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    Hems4cric - exaggeration at it's best..dale is a good bowler and at his best currently..but u couldn't see the ball? Dale at best avgs 140 and rarely hits 144. Even the new kids from Pak are bowling 145 where people can still SEE the ball unless u r blind.

  • legfinedeep on December 11, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    @GreatestGame - BAM, well said! People who call Steyn ordinary can never back it up with stats or proof, because there *is* no proof. And cherry-picking a couple outlier performances here and there does no constitute proof. And for arguments sake, let's just lie and say Steyn is an ordinary bowler - what then does that make Indian batsman who jump and dance like little ballerinas around his deliveries? Let's face it, if by some miracle Steyn became eligible to play for India tomorrow, you people would snatch him up in a heartbeat, but for now, since you can only *wish* you had a bowler like him in your side, you can continue to drag him down if that helps you sleep at night :)

  • chokkashokka on December 11, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    Wow aggressive man. It's almost like giving someone a buggati veyron on a racetrack and asking them to drive fast. Got to have real aggression to complete a lap. Hats off to this man and his anger .....let's give him his space on this website....I suppose someone has to fill that space. What a bowler.

  • Ammar72 on December 11, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    Steyn is really a wonderful & aggressive bowler, no doubt about that. And despite being a Pakistani, I am surprised to see results of survey on espncricinfo about the most fierceful bowler at the moment which is Muhammad Irfan and not Steyn. In my opinion it should be Steyn. However, without lessening his stature, I suspect that its mainly his outswingers at pace which makes him such a great bowler, but am I right to understand that he does not possess a good inswinger?

  • karthikrby on December 11, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    Poor steyn, he will be belted in flat wickets. Probably his agression will be nulled in flat wickets :). Even though I am from india, I bet chaminda vaas of sri lanka is a role model for every one. He bowls well both in flat and fast pitches and got sri lanka wickets all the time.

    By the way, england is humiliated in Australia. Means english players don't know to play in Aus wickets? England was able to win india as the wicket quality was poor. Now so called quality wickets in Aus causing trouble for england?

  • Greatest_Game on December 10, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    @ Nishanth Krishnan writes "i won't blame young Indian team here, these bowlers both Steyn and Morkel looks ordinary when batsman go after them in flat indian pitches."

    Young Indian team? ODIs by Indian team members: Yuvraj 292. Dhoni, 237. Raina 185. Kohli 124. Rohit 113. Jadega 91. Ashwin 69. Ishant 69. Dharwan, 30. Yadav 27. B Kumar 26. Shami 19. Rahane 18. Mohit 5.

    Best batsman of the series, twice MoM, 240 runs, ave 120.5, is Quinton de Kock, 15 ODIs - the youngest (20) & least experienced batsman in both teams!

    Best bowler of the series, 6 for 42 off 15 overs, ave 7, econ 2.8, SR 15 is Dale Steyn, 79 ODIs. 7 Indians have played more, Ashwin & Ishant only 10 less!

    2011 IPL Morkel took the most wickets, & 2012 Steyn was, by a fraction, the 2nd most economical bowler - both not ordinary AT ALL. ESPNcricinfo's 2010 test bowling award of the year went to Steyn, for his 7 for 51 in Nagpur, India.

    Indian team - not young. Steyn & Morkel - not ordinary in India. Sir, you are wrong!

  • on December 10, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    Now fans can understand the difference between class bowling and medicore bowling, south african batsman faced in just two week two different type of attacks and unable to score on pak bowling.

  • on December 10, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    To the guy stating about 13 series without loss... When SA win 17 test matches, IN A ROW, then you will be allowed to speak... And since I'm Australian I would also like to say this... Don't drop the World Cup mate

  • on December 10, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    Just because you've played a lot of matches doesn't equate to experience against talented, aggressive and brilliant fast bowling. The flat roads of India may build up match numbers, but Ishant Sharma is no Dale Steyn. Hell, Sharma isn't even a fat Heath Streak. But hey, at least the Indian team has played a lot of games. That stands for something right? I mean, the Netherlands have played a lot of ODIs, so have Ireland. But they are inexperienced in International Cricket.

  • on December 10, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    Success has got to his head...soon he wil bite the dust.

  • counterpoint87 on December 10, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    steyn would have done equally well against this batting line up even without anger. these batsmen are not that good. even a second string south african team will be able to trouble them now.

  • MCC_Tie on December 10, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    Hahaha love these uneducated "he has to prove himself in India" claims, look up his Test record in India, he has been exceptional!

  • Testcricketistop on December 10, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    Saifqazi, Steyn often bowls with cross seem if he doesn't want the ball to swing.

  • on December 10, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    I'm an Indian fan, but I'd just want to watch Dale Steyn bowl as he did in the last couple of ODIs..

    Bowling at 145 kmph and yet managing to swing the ball beautifully from a length.. That's what makes him a unique bowler and a true artist than just a mere fast bowler(of course fiercest at that)..

    Of course, there's nothing like it, if a batsman revels in such conditions and makes cricket extremely attractive..

    The balance between the bat and ball is what makes cricket more enchanting than the IPL's brand of slam-bang stuff.

  • legfinedeep on December 10, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    Man, how many times have posters on this thread (and elsewhere) dispelled the notion that this Indian team is "young and inexperienced". What do you define as "Experienced" these days - do you have to have the longevity of a Tendulkar to be experienced? Kohli 124 ODIs, Sharma 113, Dhoni 237, Yuvraj 292, and DALE STEYN: 79! So it would seem to be as if STEYN is the inexperienced one! Now please stop this argument about the "inexperienced" team.

  • SaifQazi on December 10, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    He is an absolute treat to watch. My word! He's the sort of cricketer who makes you turn on the television, sit down and just watch him bowl. No matter how many wickets others in the team take or how well they bowl, they can't stake up to the class and aggression of Dale Steyn. My personal favourite. However, one small point and I felt a bit let down, even though it doesn't matter at the end of the day. Did any body observe him bowling to the tail-enders with crossed seam? You don't expect a bowler of his class and stature to bowl it with cross seam, isn't it?

  • on December 10, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    i won't blame young Indian team here, these bowlers both Steyn and Morkel looks ordinary when batsman go after them in flat indian pitches. So in bouncy pitches batsman will struggle. There is no surprise element here.

  • Testcricketistop on December 10, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    Ameya shinde, that is correct, we did lose to Australia at home in 2009, it was actually 2-1 not 2-0

    And if you read my post again, I was talking of AWAY series.

  • on December 10, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    Kumar,Its not a case of Steyn serving defensive bowling which bores batsmen into nicking off..its more along the lines of a Shane Warne threatening the stumps,pad and outside edge with every bal (but at pace!)l...dipping in and swerving away late,Perhaps the best stock ball in test cricket history.Unlike Wasim,Waqar,Imran and Anderson who were/are effective on slower,lower wickets but ordinary on faster ones in oz/s.a,Steyn does well on both type of surfaces.Suffice to say he would open the bowling of any test team in history.At the moment Steyn is a top 5 all time great.

  • NixNixon on December 10, 2013, 15:56 GMT

    Steyn in my opinion is the best bowler the world has ever seen. In an area where three formats of cricket exist, he has proved himself a menace in all forms, terrorising batsmen and taking wickets almost at will. His fast, aggresive, he swings the ball, and he performs all over the world. people who say he doesnt perform in india or wherever are jealous and does not know cricket. McGracth Akram whoever doesnt come close to this guy

  • on December 10, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    Steyn was always aggressive. In the current series he is even more effective, as he got tailor made pitches.

    Though, everyone wants to jump on to the band wagon, saying, I saw him bowling so fast in this IPL match or that; the fact remains that on many Indian pitches (and consequently, in many IPL matches), he wasn't that effective. He was at his worst in the first IPL, when he played for RCB. He joked it off, saying something close to; "It is a high paid holiday".

    I am saying this without any disrespect to him, and fully accepting,that he is THE BEST pacer in the world at the moment; even better than the "normal' Johnson, and the occasionally "abnormal' (abnormally efficient) Andeson (and his up & down effectiveness). On these pitches, Steyn is almost unplayable for many a batsmen.

    By the way,the pitches provided to India (A) were closer to the Indian pitches. And SA did not provide these kind of pitches for Pak team either, fully aware of the high calibre of Pak pace bowlers

  • jpjpjp59 on December 10, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    @pitch_curator........maybe wasim akram and malcolm marshall's stats were also inflated in india due to reverse swing.....besides nagpur isn't the only place where he got the 7 wkt haul.....he got 5 wkt haul in ahmedabad as well where the bowl didnt reverse swing..helping south africa win that match as well.....

    can't believe some of these people think he can't bowl in india, its as if someone saying sachin tendulkar cant bat outside india..........he has an excellent record in ipl as well with an economy rate below 6.....besides he is a treat to watch

    he is way ahead of james anderson, mitchell johnson, stuard broad, zaheer khan....easily the best bowler of this generation

    ......arguably the best fast bowler of all time........kapil dev doesn't even come close to steyn as a fast bowler....but kapil dev was a great all rounder and captain and fielder

  • on December 10, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    @Testcricketistop SA are unbeaten since 2009 ,they lost inMarch -09 to Australia 2-0.To Indian fans,Steyn is best bowler of our generation.Ful Stop.And harking about overseas record,India havent won in Sl for over21 years, while Australia is unbeaten since 99,including a whitewa when Murali took 19wkts. Steyn's skils are superb which was evident when he knocked over Vaughan in 2nd inns of debut at slow lo Port Elizabeth.The tour cud hav had the practice match at Potchefstroom,a quick wicket though without a much movement instead of Benoni which is slow and lot more subcontinental.

  • Valavan on December 10, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    @KumarSujeet, your answer is there in question, dhoni smashed steyn in one match in IPL. Where?? in IPL, not even in an ODI played in India. @GRVJPR, what is meant by inexperienced side, Yuvraj (292 ODIs), Dhoni (237 ODIs), Raina (185 ODIs), Jadeja (91 ODIs), Rohit Sharma (113 ODIs),so when can someone get experienced??? after playing 300 ODIs. All these guys were applauded when they made cheap runs against windies, where is that aura gone. cricinfo please publish.

  • Joe-car on December 10, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    @Anand__Granted, you cannot smash every ball even when chasing 350, and I wasn't suggesting it either. But to play out an over and half of the same bowler and not even come close to laying bat on ball? Come on now. And when chasing 7.5 rpo from ball one you cannot not play out one bowler and let him go at 5 to the over, everybody has to go. You have to take advantage of the first ten overs of power play. If you lose a wicket or to in the quest for quick runs, so be it, but you can't allow yourself to be bucked down and be forced to chase 8 to the over in 40. It's not gonna happen, not on a wicket offering something to the quick men. @Kumar Sujeet__You're confusing a batsman friendly wicket with a sporting wicket. In the last Ipl(2013) Steyn's overall was below 6 to the over, although I'm more than happy to stand corrected on that.

  • NairUSA on December 10, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    Facts are facts and Team India need to swallow the hard pill. Maybe, this young side can learn some hard lessons on how to bat on bouncy and spicy pitches. Team India need to play competitively on all types of pitches regardless of whether they can win or not. Best luck!

  • blthndr on December 10, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    luck and patience is the key to survive early spells....otherwise same result...

  • on December 10, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    steyn is great.i have lots of respect for him.but it is not as if he is unplayable everytimes he comes on to bowl.if people can remember last ipl dhoni thrashed him like an ordinary bowler.steyn could'nt do much to the cause of sunrisers hyderabad.in the present series he has got the advantage of pacy and bouncy pitches that suits his style of bowling.his stock ball is fast outswinging delivery but he lacks in sharp incoming ones like mcgrath.so most of the time the batsmen get bored out rather than getting consumed by pure guile.mcgrath was unplayable even on lifeless tracks but steyn is not.indian batsmen need to stand out of the crease and master the upper cut towards third man against him.

  • TSJ07 on December 10, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    I'm from India and I have no hesitation in admitting that Steyn is far better than any current bowler including MJ coz Steyn has proved it over many years and not just once in few months. With him in the team SA will always have advantage with their bowling. even more with Morne also his being his partner. However I do feel that current Indian batting has the talent to play them decently but for that our batters need to curb their ego more so Kohli and Dhawan on foreign pitches. Quality bowling should always be given the due respect more so if conditions are suiting them.Gavasker has said it many times on air but today's batsmen,Indians, due to IPL has some sort of ego and think that they can demolish any attack.Sometime the best way to do do it is give them due respect and then explode later. Last ODI should be used by Indian batsmen an opportunity to stay at the wicket for longer period of time and run will come later.Indian if wins the toss should bat 1st & try 2 play long innings.

  • on December 10, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    Dont afraid Indian team could bounce back.we can't blame Indian team as this is the fault of bcci as he cannot manage any practice match for team in such important tour.Bcci has to arrange minimum two practice match for team in every foreign tour to compete the team better in seaming conditions.good luck to indian team.

  • ZkAneela on December 10, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    Steyn is simply treat to watch.great aggression and always try to bowl his heart out. As for as he is there in test side South Africa will remain on top of the test rankings.

  • phat55 on December 10, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    so by the same token GRVJPR if you done rate SA by their home performances & u take away or dont rate India's home performances.......that would basically mean that India doesnt exist to the rest of the world coz they only win at home & get bashed in England Australia South Africa etc

  • on December 10, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    india need to improve our skill and lack of consontration to leaving the ball most time they playing the short most and throwing own wickets

  • Testcricketistop on December 10, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    "On contrary if steyn was so accurate & menacing he still couldn't get the edge of rohit's bat. so the batsman won the battle in denying him the wicket"

    Now that was hilarious.

  • on December 10, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    come on guys...now most of u guys r saying that this is a young , inexperienced line up....and few days back when these so called inexperienced players cracking west indians lambs...where were u then??????raina debuted in 2005,yuvraj in2000, rohit in 2007 virat in 2005...are these guys r still inexperienced??? plz admit that they are nowhere near of drvid ,sachin or laxman..they are only flat track bullies........and plz dont try to defand them...we dont have to clap on theirs shots in indian tracks.... thats the real cricket what we r watching in Africa ....they have to score in these conditions else they'll always remembered as lions at home....lamb abroad.....

  • GRVJPR on December 10, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    I don't rate South Africa on the basis of home performance. Prove by winning 6 ODI series in a row (even at home) or win 2 world cups and major ICC tournaments. SA can't get away with useless win in a useless ODI series against a young and inexperienced side

  • AllroundCricketFan on December 10, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    Imagine the training nets. Steyn steaming down trying to bowl to Amla and AbdV. Wow.

  • brusselslion on December 10, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    Kapil Dev a better bowler than Steyn and top 5 in last 30 odd years!! Please, this is getting silly.

  • phat55 on December 10, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    come now Anand......Rohit handled him exceptionally well???? are u serious???? he was only able to touch the 16th ball he faced from Steyn!! Rohit looked so bewildered & embarrassed actually coz his team needed 350+ and here the double centurion couldn't touch the ball.this is also why I always find the comparisons to Anderson so amusing.at least the english media hasnt spoken of "the most skillful bowler in the world" for a little while lol.he was actually outside the top10 test bowler rankings before the 2nd ashes test started.one would think he was challenging Steyn at the top of the world rankings the way their media keeps hyping him up.

  • on December 10, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    India here....and i'd pay 2x more to watch Dale Steyn steaming in than watch Tendulkar hit a straight drive in a flat track. Steyn is simply amazing.

  • on December 10, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    @joe-car u said u r simple minded. U indeed r. chasing 350 doesn't mean u score every ball. u have to mark ur bowlers & rohit did well in letting steyn's spell get over. Unfortunately for him, he got run-out when he was just looking settled. u r appreciation for steyn is acknowledged but give credit to the batsman as well.

  • blthndr on December 10, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    right now if steyn lacks something that will be a good yorker to surprise....

  • on December 10, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Agreed steyn is one of the premier fast bowlers in world cricket & humble person given that he doesn't sledge & lets his bowling do the talking. But Mr moonda, this doesn't suggest indian batsmen were scared or frightened. com'on its world cricket. if rohit sharma left the deliveries appreciate the batsman for playing the ball on merit. he dint nick them or else u would have said-oh he's loose on off-side. On contrary if steyn was so accurate & menacing he still couldn't get the edge of rohit's bat. so the batsman won the battle in denying him the wicket. pls give credit where its due rather than playing to the galleries. Everybody likes steyn for his persona but I think rohit handled him exceptionally well which even steyn would opine.

  • on December 10, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    You are only as aggressive as the experience of the opposition batsmen!!! What happened to Steyn's aggresion when India drew the test series ( almost won- if not for a Jaques Kallis & Mark Boucher partnership) in 2010-11. Then India had in its rank Sachin, Dravid and VVS. That is the difference now. Since almost the entire lineup is inexperienced there is all this talk showing aggression and all. Otherwise they would have gone about their business silently.

  • blthndr on December 10, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    the way styen bowls i dont see any batsman (no matter how good he is) can score....the line and length with the pace he bowl is difficult or near impossible to score....forget about scoring u need serious luck to survive this type of ....if u try to score than either u nick behind or miss the ball.... dale is at his peak now n on his day he is the boss n u r at his mercy.....

  • SurlyCynic on December 10, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    @pitch_curator: Marshall and Wasim are two of my favourite bowlers, but have you ever wondered how they got reverse swing in their day? Ramiz Raja gave a very interesting interview recently which explained it. That Nagpur pitch was so dry that the ball roughed up very quickly anyway.

    Steyn has been the top rated fast bowler since 2007. In an era when good bowlers struggle to average under 30 he averages under 23. It doesn't matter what some fans think, he is a genuine great.

  • Satish_10dulkar on December 10, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    He is fast fury. Probably The best bowler of current generation. I'm impressed by his style and accuracy.

  • StaalBurgher on December 10, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    @pitch_curator - *lol* Haters are gonna to hate. Sorry for you dude but Steyn is already established and acknowledged as one of the great fast bowlers. I can't wait for SA to tour India so that we can set all these excuses to rest.

    Besides, very bowling friendly pitches actually brings bowling attacks closer together. A proper Test match pitch that has something for everyone is where the best attacks shine because they require consistency and skill to get the best out of the track. That is partly why SA's record is so bad at Kingsmead, the track is a leveler for inferior pace bowling attacks.

  • T20Fun on December 10, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    In current form I expect INdian batsmen to be out if Steyn just stands at the top of his marks and growls. One cannot blame them. This is the sort of Baptism By Fire which will help Indian cricket separate the tough ones from the others.

    There is no finer sight in world Cricket today than Steyn steaming in. His pace, his control and his swing are a joy to watch. I for one have no doubt he is one of the Greats considering he is bowling in an era of relatively flatter wickets.

  • on December 10, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    Quinton de Kock quickly knocked out the Indian bowlers.....And Dale Steyn fired with his stain Gun to the Indian openers scrambling them all over the places were such wonderful to watch...Can't wait for the test series....Lets see what little can Dhoni offer to the SA......

  • shane-oh on December 10, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster - the clear flaws in your rant have already been pointed out, so I will leave that. But I will say this; who cares? Who honestly cares about his performance in Indian conditions? Guess what - cricket is played in many countries. This tireless trotting out of rubbish about every good player in the world about their record in India, to somehow prove that these players have no talent, is just plain boring. Again, I ask the question; who cares?

  • Joe-car on December 10, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    @Kallis-Is-King__You're quite right, most of Steyn's fastest spells are often late at the end of the day. He reads the game so well, because he knows that's when batsmen are most looking to just survive and are therefore more likely to succum to more pace on the ball. @Ayas__You're joking, right? That's the same excuse people made for Sachin when he could not lay a bat on Steyn's balls on his last tour here in Cape Town. His fans and commentators kept saying how clever Sachin was playing inside the line of the ball, failing to realize the only reason he couldn't get close to the ball was because of Steyn's superb bowling. Back to Rohit: Really? Scoring runs wasn't primary to Rohit while chasing 350? Really?!! Do forgive my simple-mindedness, but I would have though scoring off every bowler when chasing 350 would be more paramount to the cause than simply surviving.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on December 10, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    @pitch_curator Please do some research before embarrassing yourself on these forums. Dale Steyn has an outstanding bowling record in India. You must have a short memory, how could you forget Nagpur???

    And finally, no one here wanted to compare him against Wasim and Malcom Marshall, we just wanted to acknowledge his skills, but you decided to bring them up. So for your information Dale Steyn has a better strike rate than both of them. To explain this to you, this means he takes less balls to bowl someone out. I.E. he is more dangerous...

    Enjoy the upcoming test match, I know I will....

  • phat55 on December 10, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    @ Cpt.Meanster - who cares if YOU give him a perfect score or not? like jpjpjp59 pointed out Steyn has the best average out of your little list of bowlers which thus makes your opinion count for as much as Virats score in the 2nd odi at Kingsmead on sunday.Does anyone know which bowler has remained no1 in tests for the longest period? would be interesting to see a top10 of that somehow

  • TommytuckerSaffa on December 10, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    I think everyone will agree. This guy is a joy to watch. He must be one of the best fast bowlers produced in the last 10 years, I think he has held the no.1 ranking for a a few years now too. Dale Payne provides so much inspiration for cricket lovers and kids growing up too.

    There is nothing like the sight of a fast bowler tearing into the crease and bowling express pace. Its a sight that we unfortunately see less and less these days with the continued 'dumbing down' of cricket pitches for T20.

  • pitch_curator on December 10, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    @ Cpt.Meanster - You are correct. His record in India is inflated with that 10 wicket haul in Nagpur where the ball reverse swung like a boomerang in one session. Based on what Faf did a month ago, I now have my own theories about why the ball reverse swung so much (that too only for the SA bowlers) in that match. While he is an excellent bowler when the conditions suit him, he is not half as good on batsmen-friendly wickets. This is where bowlers like Wasim and Malcolm Marshall are way ahead of him.

  • on December 10, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    Hes just fantasic to watch .. i used to enjoy Akhtars lethal pace but this guy has amazing accuracy and swing along with the pace. Its just great to have a bowler like him in the squad. Best of luck to him for the future matches. SAF ur my 2nd fav team now bcoz of Steyn ;-)

  • Testcricketistop on December 10, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Hitendur Vasudeo - "in many respected south aftrican have talent restricted to south aftrica"

    Hmmmm, nothing could be further from the truth.

    Amla averages 58 outside of SA, he has scored more hundreds outside of SA in much less innings.

    Kallis Averages 52 outside of SA, he has scored more hundreds outside of SA in less innings.

    Graeme Smith averages 53 outside of SA, he has scored 17 of his 27 centuries outside SA

    AB de Villiers averages 59 outside of SA, he has scored more than half his centuries outside of SA

    Dale Steyn averages 25 with the ball outside of SA, with a strike rate of 45

    Morne Morkel averages 30 at home and 32 away from home, has taken most of his wickets away from home.

    Vernon Philander averages 22 away from home.

    I would suggest the players from SA on average do better in tests away from home than at home.

    Add to that an unbeaten run away from home for 7 years.

    13 series, 9 wins and 3 drawn series.

  • on December 10, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    I think that India's demise must be attributed to the batters having to chase big totals from the get go and SA bowling tight lines. Steyn has at times been unplayable. I would be interested to see India batting 1st and SA having to chase a reasonable target. We have not chased well recently.

  • Ayas on December 10, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    ok.. here is what I felt about the 1st spell Styen in 1st ODI... Rohit sharma knew Styen is going to come hard at them. So he thought best way to tackle him is not to give him wicket. So he played all the balls as if it is holding its line & coming in. In doing so if the the ball swings away then he'll get beaten, but he'll not get out. So he played all the balls inside line. Why I noticed it is many times before I feel that is the way to play Styen if you don't want to get out. Bcoz when he starts swinging away consistently as he did that day, he never changes his line or length or try any other variation. Had he brought any one ball in, Rohit would have been in two minds. To me that spell was good bcoz Styen was able to do the same consistently, but not great since it lacked variety. Infact Rohit played that spell intelligently, since at that point of time scoring of Styen was secondary.

  • Solid_Snake on December 10, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    This Aggression would help SA bowlers to dismiss Indian Batsmen on 50 runs in each inngs :P ...134 & 140+ runs defeats in ODI's..It's telling us a story..Inngs defeat for India in all test matches..Indian bowlers cannot even take 20 wickets in a match.How they'l survive in SA..Waiting to see that

  • on December 10, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    its ok why people write all this things cannot understand. what is sub continent. they also cannot play in india condition why critise unnecessary every time. let them not perform. in many respected south aftrican have talent restricted to south aftrica. so ok.

  • on December 10, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    "For a young batting unit with little experience of these conditions - an A tour on flat pitches cannot count - ". Two points i want to make: 1. the combined ODI experience of India's top 7 is 1072 games while for SA it is only 774. Second, All the top 7 of Indian batting line up played in the IPL edition held in SA. Some of them also played in the Champions league played there. Many of them have been part of the team for so long that they must have at least visited the SA soil at least once. So there is no excuse for the batsmen. Most of the bowlers -- Shami, B Kumar, U Yadav and M Sharma -- are touring for the first team and are yet to find the right length to bowl and it is expected with literally nothing for preparation ahead of the tour.

  • on December 10, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    I can't help but thinking just how good the Pakistan bowlers really are by comparison to India! They comprehensively beat the Proteas in their own backyard despite having an average batting lineup. I heard Domingo in a response to a question from a journo about the Proteas being unable to play spin. He said SA can play spin but, in Agmal, they were up against the best spinner in the world. I guess he was right.

  • Unomaas on December 10, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    There is nothing more exciting in world cricket than watching a genuine fast bowler spitting fire and brimstone and the eventual sound of 'timbeeeeerrrr' as the stumps cartwheel out of the ground! Love it!

    Dale Steyn is amazing...not because of his ability, but because of his consistency. 6 years as the number 1 premier number 1 bowler. I wonder if thats a record? The last 1-2 years has really seen Steyn blossom which is not surprising with his wolfpack behind him to support him. How much of his success can be attributed to his fellow bowlers?

    You must be blind not to have noticed that Steyn is pumped up for this series and there is alot of emotion invested in bowling. I'm just waiting for his 'crazy eyes' in the test series which should be fun for us to watch :=).

    P.S., for those talking about his lack of pace? The ball swings best at 140-145 km/h. He can swing it at 150, but its ordinary swing...not that late swing he usually bowls.

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  • Romanticstud on December 10, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    Steyn is a lot like Alan Donald, the bowling coach of South Africa ... When they first hit the scene they were both a little rough, but with age came guile and accuracy ... Steyn is slightly quicker, although both produce that lethal late out-swing ... You will see Steyn will top the rankings in ODIs soon ... he channels his aggression at the stumps ... or just outside ... at the start of the ODI in Durban, however, he started slightly down leg-side, but corrected that by the third ball ...

  • on December 10, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    It was sheer pleasure to watch Steyn bowling to Rohit. One of the best bowling spell seen in last couple of years. Pitty no one in India's batting lineup who could make it more memorable by taking on Steyn.

  • Thuram3 on December 10, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    Fantastic bowler, he wins the mental battle before he even delivers a single delivery...

  • on December 10, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    He is a great fast bowler.no doubt about it.i hope one day he will be the highest wicket tacker of test cricket.

  • Naresh28 on December 10, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    There is no doubt that the architects of SA series win has been Steyn, Amla and young De Kock. AMLA is the best batsman in world cricket today. Indian batsman should study his style - PURE, CORRECT style. Such a pleasure to watch a great batsman. SA are lucky to have a player of his calibre. Such a nice individual also.

  • YesKayR on December 10, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    just wondering.. what is the role of bowling coach in the Indian Team..? our bowlers cannot bowl Yorkers, slower ones..., have no variation.. etc etc to say a few... not that the bowling coach has to take the entire blame... bowlers being professionals (or so called professionals) playing at the highest level should (are expected to) work hard to improve these skills.. instead they look like beaten puppies.. Shame on Australian batsmen who scored only 350 runs on a few occasions on flat pitches in India against these bowlers.. RSA score 350 + on a green seaming pitch in Joburg... Hope the test matches will be a better contest....

  • on December 10, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    This India trip is good training session for South African players for up coming Aussies series.

  • Akhter786 on December 10, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    He is the best fast bowler today. Nodoubt what so ever and indian flat wicket bullies can not perform anywhere except subcontinent. Barring Dhoni & Kohli.

  • Joe-car on December 10, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster__If a batsman scores 200 in an ODI I think we can safely assume(without even bothering with facts) that the wicket is batsman friendly. Same goes for a pitch where a batsman scores 300 in a test match. More often than not on batsman friendly wickets those who suffer more are the type of bowlers who bowl attacking lines and lengths. Yes, Steyn went for plenty in those matches, but he never once went on the defensive, he was always looking to get batsmen out and his reward was conceeding a lot of runs. Even that match in the 2011 World Cup, he went for plenty but still got a fiver for bowling positive. Oh, and he reads the wicket and conditions very well- more than any bowler I've around.

  • on December 10, 2013, 6:47 GMT

    Keep an eye on Varun Aaron and allow him to go and train in South Africa or Australia if India are to harness a genuine fast bowler. One week with Donald or McDermott will change him forever and for good. I dont think BCCI is doing any good by having him play for Jharkhan. I would rather say that Shami, Aaron and Yadav should have undergone the rigorous training that Zaheer and Yuvraj went through instead of showing up at Ranji trophy or here at South Africa. That way they would have returned fitter and better. Had that been the case DeKock would have had ample of pace to deal with. Indian cricket right now is not looking at grooming its fast bowlers. Its really disheartening to see players like RP Singh, Irfan Pathan and L Balaji fade away when they all had a great and promising career ahead. Had they all been fit, Domingo would have had more than Sachin to plan for, and Steyn would have not have been able to see fear in the eyes of Indian batsmen.

  • sachin_vvsfan on December 10, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    He is a quality bowler no matter where he plays. Enough said

  • jpjpjp59 on December 10, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    @Capt. meanster fast bowlers performance in india dale steyn...5 matches...26 wickets...avg=20.23 wasim akram...8 matches..27 wickets...avg=27.7 glenn mcgrath...8 matches...33 wickets...avg=21.3 imran kahn...10 matches...27 wickets...avg=28.03 kapil dev...65 matches...219 wickets...avg=26.49 malcolm marshall...9 matches...36 wickets...avg=24.61

    so there you go dale steyn has the best record ont he flat tracks in india

  • STEYNOHOLIC on December 10, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster: Are you serious!!! You are talking absolute rubbish!!!!!!!! No need to quote Steyn's numbers in India - A lot of the posters here have done it already... Please take some time and read. It's not ordinary, it's not above average, It's extraordinary!!!

  • Joe-car on December 10, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    @Cricket_theBestGame__You probably don't watch a lot of cricket, or at least not enough to have an opinion about it. If you did, you probably would have seen Steyn consistently bowl well above 150km/h. In fact, the fastest ball I've seen him bowl was 155 or thereabouts, and that too in Bangalore. Come to think about it, his average speed in Bangalore is probably 150. But Steyn's biggest weapon is not his pace, it's his late swing, and he knows that all too well. He also knows that you're not gonna blast top batsmen out with just pace, so in most cases he sacrifices pace for greater swing, accuracy and consistancy. If it's doing a lot, he'll bowl most of his balls at mid to high 130s and if not he'll crank it up a bit to make it a bit difficult for batsmen. Sometimes for variation he will hold the ball across-seam and bowl it at high 140s to low 150s. Basically, he knows his game well and sometimes just like any bowler he'll go for runs like he did when Sachin made 200 in that ODI.

  • YesKayR on December 10, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    the match was over as a contest as soon as South Africa posted those totals and not after Steyn's spell as mentioned in the article !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Except Shami all other Indian bowlers are mediocre at their best... At around 130 kmph, it is surprising to see our medium pacers giving so much of width to the batsmen from start to finish... but has been accused of bowling badly in the end overs only. no of 'boundary balls' given by the spinners by offering generous width adds to the woes created by our 'slow' fast bowlers.

  • legfinedeep on December 10, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    @ CptMeanster - please see the numerous posts on this and other threads on Steyn's excellent record on the Indian roads. You just cherry-pick some outlier subpar performances of him, that proves nothing. Every great batsman or bowler will have days when they got hammered. Your great Indian god SRT has several lean patches, and did score several ducks *gasp*. Even the great bowlers from Wasim to Ambrose would have gotten hammered on occasion. Do you hold up a bad performance here and there as testament to their abilities? What counts is the trend, or overall performance, and in that respect no one is great than Steyn in this generation (or for that matter several eras, though I don't want to compare him to the past greats until his career is over). Anyway, there is no convincing dyed-in-the-wool Indian fans, after all there are some of you who believe Yadav is a better allrounder than Kallis. LOL

  • jpjpjp59 on December 10, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    steyn...best bowler of all time....wickets,average,strike rate.....he has got everything....swing,pace,accuracy,reverse swing...the complete fast bowler

    in subcontinental conditions.....he is the best fast bowler of this generation by a long margin......can anyone name one fast bowler who has bowled better in the indian subcontinent

  • on December 10, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    wow..what a Fast bowler..bowler for all condition..My favrt as well...Go well steyn..smash the India batting line up..

  • sandy_bangalore on December 10, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    People like mr Malolan would rather idolise overhyped flat pitch kings like Dhawan, Yuvraj and Raina, instead of world class players like Steyn and Amla. Since retirement of Tendulkar, i dont care much about this Indian team, since this lot thinks that they are greater than the game, and show way too much attitude

  • on December 10, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    Lovely action, great to see him bowl on the field. A great entertainer with the red cherry in hand, something which was missing since Shoaib Akhtar's retirement.

  • on December 10, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    Steyn is just proving that he is the best bowler in the world by some distance. When he is on fire, no batsmen is safe. Go Proteas!!!

  • Imthiyaz_Haniffa on December 10, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    Steyn ....Thunder of Rainbow Nation.

  • on December 10, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    Posted by Malolan Sampath on (December 9, 2013, 20:07 GMT)

    True.... however it would be good if he can produce this magic especially in India consistently.

    WHAT!!! He does it all the time, remember 7/51 in India, best fast bowling i ever saw.. The indiands had no clue hoe to play his reverse swing

  • jpjpjp59 on December 10, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    @malolan Sampath..........steyn has an outstanding record in india.....better than most fast bowlers.....in 5 test matches in india...he has picked 26 wickets at an average of 20.23....less than his career average of 22 overall.....

    he has two 5 wicket hauls in india...one in ahmedabad and a 7 wicket haul in nagpur....both matches south africa won....

    the last 2 times south africa toured india....they drew series 1-1 both times....south africa is the one team that has played well in all conditions home and away

  • STEYNOHOLIC on December 10, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    The best by a county mile & more! Extreme Pace, Accuracy, Late swing, Aggression - He has it all! Should be entered into ICC Hall of fame while he's playing - that's how great this guy is! Long may it continue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • HennopsRiverEnd on December 10, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    Not many better sights in the world than seeing a sportsman who has reached his potential... A true athlete

  • highveldhillbilly on December 10, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    @Malolan Sampath - you clearly don't watch a lot of cricket, have a look at Steyn's record in Indian, it's awesome. And if it wasn't for the flattest test pitch in history when Sehwag made 300 it would be even better. For me what makes Steyn amazing is that he's been so good for so long in tests, 6 years in a row he's made the world test 11, that's incredibly consistent.

  • ashakim on December 10, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    he is the fiercest fast bowler in the world now with hight aggression and great accuracy!

  • Greatest_Game on December 10, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    He will soon be on top of the ODI bowling rankings - as longs as SA don't "rest" him again, which only drives down his rating. Besides, the amount of bowling he does in each of these ODIs vs India is no more than one good spell in a test match! For him, playing these ODIs is excellent match practice for the tests. He will be raring to go on Dec 18.

    Waiting to see if India are the 4th to be rolled for a sub 50 score by Steyn, Philander & Morkel.I wonder if they already hold the record for a bowling attack?

  • phat55 on December 10, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    @ Malolan Sampath - Steyn averages 20.23 in India & his best bowling figures of 7/51 is in India....what more do u want????

  • Baber_Baloch on December 10, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    After 2 wasim and waqar best bowler in today world of cricket specially i watch SA match for to watch Styen Gun in action...keep it up ..beat wishes form Pak.

  • joseyesu on December 10, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    Atleast we could see one bowler in this era, who is reasonably consistent with his performance. Wonder whether india will get past 200 in test matches.

  • on December 10, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    This is the player we'll feel privileged to have watched years from now.....

  • Wacco on December 10, 2013, 3:33 GMT

    Indian batsmen are not equipped to play such fast bowling - its more of fear than technique. His real test is in Indian kind of wicket or Sydney with better batsmen to be at par with the legend Malcom Marshall.

  • Joe-car on December 10, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    @Malolan Sympath___Both Steyn's average and strike rate in India are better than his overall career average and carrer strike rate. In fact, his best bowling figures (7-51) where taken in Nagpur. Stats guru, you might want to use it before you make a comment.

  • on December 10, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    Good job sa . U show the real place for india like it

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 10, 2013, 2:40 GMT

    He is a fine bowler but he's ordinary in Indian conditions. The last few times he played in India (excluding IPL), he was taken for plenty. Sachin Tendulkar scored 200 in an ODI and he took Steyn and Morkel to the cleaners. Sehwag smashed 300 in a Chennai test match against Steyn and Morkel. So Steyn is far from being good in Indian conditions. But yes, in helpful SA conditions, he's very good. For me, the best bowlers were Wasim Akram, Glenn McGrath, Imran Khan, Kapil Dev, and Malcolm Marshall. All of them were consistent all over the world and in every format they played. Steyn is good but he's not the same bowler in the sub continent where there is low bounce. That prevents me from giving him a perfect score.

  • on December 10, 2013, 1:46 GMT

    Steyn....ur just awesome...its really delightful to c iz swing

  • Joe-car on December 10, 2013, 1:18 GMT

    @Malolan Sympath___Both Steyn's average and strike rate in India are better than his overall career average and carrer strike rate. In fact, his best bowling figures (7-51) where taken in Nagpur. Stats guru, you might want to use it before you make a comment.

  • Cricket_theBestGame on December 10, 2013, 1:17 GMT

    no doubt best going around. but i never seen him bowl above 150km or 149 once when he was in aus last. ian chapel kept saying he is fast bowling above 150 but he hovered around 145kms. and why does steyn goes all crazy when he gets a No 9,10 & 11 out?

  • caught_knott_bowled_old on December 10, 2013, 1:04 GMT

    There's no better sight in cricket than to see a fast bowler dominating over batsmen.

  • on December 9, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    Dale Steyn is a class act After wasim, waqar and shoaib akhtar i enjoyed watching him bowl and take wickets even against Pakistan.. Truly an amazing and champion bowler...

  • Alexk400 on December 9, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    Anger is one thing people. Steyn's anger is concentrated FURY. He channell all his energy and bowl with full energy beam. He probably as good any great bowler when he is angry and also when ball is swinging , he is deadly. Yet sometimes he loosen up. I know not everytime you have the energy to concentrate...its kinda balance.

    He is only bowler to watch when he is on song. There were few bowlers you can't take eye off. Malcolm marshall when he bowls when ever. Wasim Akram all the time , Waqar younis when ball reverse swing , Steyn when he is angry and ball is swinging.

  • SanjivAwesome on December 9, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    A great article. And an absolute tribute to a fearsome fast bowler. Hopefully we will get to watch him in India soon - a great treat for my children to watch a world class express bowler.

  • on December 9, 2013, 22:15 GMT

    Dale Steyn is the tool you can use to measure how good a batsman is, he is truly the greatest bowler of this decade and if he keeps himself fit for a couple more years he would surely go down in the league of Wasim, Ambrose

  • Temuzin on December 9, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    Steyn is the greatest fast bowler of his generation and easily one of the all time great. Its joy to watch him bowl on fast and bouncy pitches on his home ground. Right now its rude awakening for Indian batsmen but these guys are talented and will regroup. Once they have adjusted to the bounce, it will be great contest. I am waiting for the first test.

  • on December 9, 2013, 21:46 GMT

    A great value adds does Steyn to the SA odi side and even to the cricketing contest. Rare are now the moments of fast bowlers dominating batsmen in odis. Was great seeing him toy with Rohit Sharma in the odis as he'll probably be rested for the final game. Also serves India right, they should now think of leaving a li'l grass on their wickets too rather than shaving them flat. That'll also take those mammoth double centuries in odis on those rudders out of the game.

  • on December 9, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    The most passionate fast bowler... He doesn't lack any sword. pace, bounce, swing, line, length, aggression... lacks just nothing. Always feel lucky to see him bowling..

  • legfinedeep on December 9, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    That period of Steyn vs Sharma was epic. I wake up to watch the ODIs in the early hours of the morning in the US only to see him bowl, it's a treat and a joy to watch the last of the truly fast great bowlers left in this era.

  • AamirKhan-SuperStar on December 9, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    You ll be at the edge of your seat when he bowls. The accuracy, the pace, the aggression, even Indian fans can't help but admire him when he makes the batsmen jump. I think watching bowlers like Steyn and johnson is more entertaining than watching batsmen.

  • PrasPunter on December 9, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    Nothing better than the sight of stumps cartwheeling !! Nothing better than the sight of fast-men steaming in and scaring the hell out of the batsmen !! Steyn is just pure class. Looking for the Aus tour to SA early next year. SA are way ahead, but still expecting us to put up some show !! And if we win, would just love it.

  • silentstand on December 9, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    Best bowler around hail the steyn gun

  • on December 9, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    True.... however it would be good if he can produce this magic especially in India consistently.

  • Hassan2528 on December 9, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    fast nd furious styen, his sunrisers team mate dhawan didnt last for more than 2 balls against him, will b interesting contest in test also

  • on December 9, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    He is a treat to watch. He has got accuracy of Pollock and Mcgrath, aggressiveness of Shoaib and Lee. I wish he stays fit and plays for a longer period of time, he surely is an asset in the game.

  • SurlyCynic on December 9, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    Fast bowlers have to often bowl with pain, due to the strain they put on their bodies. Getting 'angry' with the batsman and the adrenaline going can help fire them up to higher pace and forget their aches and pains - as long as things don't go too far.

  • on December 9, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    Incredible fast bowling. A total joy to watch.

  • on December 9, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    Incredible fast bowling. A total joy to watch.

  • SurlyCynic on December 9, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    Fast bowlers have to often bowl with pain, due to the strain they put on their bodies. Getting 'angry' with the batsman and the adrenaline going can help fire them up to higher pace and forget their aches and pains - as long as things don't go too far.

  • on December 9, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    He is a treat to watch. He has got accuracy of Pollock and Mcgrath, aggressiveness of Shoaib and Lee. I wish he stays fit and plays for a longer period of time, he surely is an asset in the game.

  • Hassan2528 on December 9, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    fast nd furious styen, his sunrisers team mate dhawan didnt last for more than 2 balls against him, will b interesting contest in test also

  • on December 9, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    True.... however it would be good if he can produce this magic especially in India consistently.

  • silentstand on December 9, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    Best bowler around hail the steyn gun

  • PrasPunter on December 9, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    Nothing better than the sight of stumps cartwheeling !! Nothing better than the sight of fast-men steaming in and scaring the hell out of the batsmen !! Steyn is just pure class. Looking for the Aus tour to SA early next year. SA are way ahead, but still expecting us to put up some show !! And if we win, would just love it.

  • AamirKhan-SuperStar on December 9, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    You ll be at the edge of your seat when he bowls. The accuracy, the pace, the aggression, even Indian fans can't help but admire him when he makes the batsmen jump. I think watching bowlers like Steyn and johnson is more entertaining than watching batsmen.

  • legfinedeep on December 9, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    That period of Steyn vs Sharma was epic. I wake up to watch the ODIs in the early hours of the morning in the US only to see him bowl, it's a treat and a joy to watch the last of the truly fast great bowlers left in this era.

  • on December 9, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    The most passionate fast bowler... He doesn't lack any sword. pace, bounce, swing, line, length, aggression... lacks just nothing. Always feel lucky to see him bowling..