Steyn has been a vital part of South Africa’s incredible bowling lineup
South African pace bowler, Dale Steyn considers himself extremely lucky to be part of a dominant team, which he believes has enabled him to perform to the best of his abilities in the past few years.
Steyn, who is currently the top Test bowler on the International Cricket Council rankings, feels that the national team is perfect all-round.
“I’m lucky to be part of the (Cricket) South African set up. They have great work ethics with some outstanding players. Jacques Kallis, Mark Boucher, coach Gary Kirsten… They are the legends of the game in South Africa,” Steyn said.
The pace bowler also noted that the presence of talented players in the side makes him feel more fortunate to be playing for his country.
“There are also very talented players like Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers. I’m just fortunate to be playing alongside these great cricketers,” he said.
“I’m part of a great side so you develop a learning attitude. They are all inspirational cricketers,” he added.
Steyn, has played a huge part in guiding South Africa to be the second best Test team, but he claims that the work was not easy.
“It took a lot of hard work to reach here. All cliche stuff… But that’s the reality. It does not happen overnight. It took me about nine years to reach here. I’ve played two county seasons (for Essex and Warwickshire) in between… It does not happen fast,” he said.
Even though Steyn is the top Test bowler, he sees the ranking as just another number.
“I don’t think I’m the best player ever yet. There maybe somebody else who is superior to me. It is just a number after all. It does not change much on the field if you are the no 1 or no 100 bowler. It’s just a recognition,” Steyn said.