South African fast bowling legend, Dale Steyn has hinted that the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be his swansong in limited overs cricket.
At a promotional event in Mumbai, on his way home from Sri Lanka, Steyn, in an interview on the ICC Cricket World Cup website said:
“I will be trying to get to that World Cup (in England). But after the World Cup I don’t see myself playing white-ball cricket for South Africa. By the time the next World Cup comes, I will be 40,”
Steyn has not played one-day cricket since 2016, but he realises the importance of experience, especially in tough English conditions, saying:
“If you look at the (SA) batting line-up, our top six have played 1,000 games, but the lower half – from Nos.8-11 who are currently playing – not even 150 games. You need to draw on experience,”
Steyn has clearly stated his desire to still play Test Cricket for as long as he can, and even wants to continue playing after the World Cup next year, he has said that he wants to play 100 Tests for South Africa.
“When it comes to Test cricket, I would like to play as long as possible. I have finally come out of a cloud of injuries. I broke my shoulder and in my first game on return (against India at Cape Town), I landed in a foot-hole. It was rotten luck.
It was an enormous boost for South African players and fans alike that Steyn was able to get through the two-Test series against Sri Lanka unscathed. Given the enormity of his injury, we feared he might never play again. But these words from him were extremely encouraging:
“It’s quite difficult to come back from a broken shoulder, especially with your bowling arm. I feel that [the injury] is gone and now I am fit. I played two Test matches without an injury, bowled at a good pace and never went off the field because of niggles. It’s a big plus.”
Steyn has played 116 ODIs for South Africa and taken 178 wickets at an average of 26.62.
He’s been a part of South African Cricket since 2006, it will be a sad day when he retires, but I only hope that he can guide South Africa to their first World Cup victory and end his one-day career on a high.