SA v PAK 2018-19: Dale Steyn wants to get back his old rhythm

Steyn wants his old form back.

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South African speedster Dale Steyn, who is regarded as one of the most fearsome bowlers in the world, isn’t much happy with his pace despite becoming his country's leading Test wicket-taker, as the paceman still wants to get more wickets to get his old confidence and rhythm back.

The 35-year-old is delighted to return to the iconic Cape Town ground after missing two New Year’s Test due to career curtailed injury, as he grabbed three victims on Thursday to help South Africa to dismiss Pakistan for 177 in the first innings of the second Test at Newlands.

Steyn told reporters, “I’m fine now. I think a really good way to judge someone is their pace. I think my pace is up. I bowled in the high 140s (kmph) and I’m keeping it up, even after 15 overs in a day.”

He continued, “That’s good — but I just need to get wickets. Once you get wickets, you get on to a roll, get some rhythm going and you get confident. I’m hoping to try and sneak into that space.”

Meanwhile, a broken shoulder kept Steyn out for most of 2017 before a heel injury hampered his comeback test against India last year and later sidelined him for a further six months.

The pacer, who surpassed Shaun Pollock’s 421-wicket haul in the first test in Pretoria last week, which South Africa won by six wickets, said that he his body feels good but says the Test cricket is hard

Steyn signed off by saying, “The body feels good although test match cricket is hard. The long spells take some getting used to again.”

(With Reuters Inputs)


By Rashmi Nanda - 04 Jan, 2019

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