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IPL 2014: Is Dale Steyn really one of the best T20 bowlers?

Is Dale Steyn really one of the best T20 bowlers?
Dale Steyn has been hit for 45 boundaries and 16 sixes in the tournament © IANS

Dale Steyn was one of the key bowlers who took a big hit on his reputation in the recently concluded Indian Premier League 2014. Abhijit Banare analyses the South African’s performance in IPL 7.

In the Twenty20 (T20) era, even the best bowlers in the world are treated with disdain; Dale Steyn is one such bowler who is still highly regarded. However, the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 deflated Steyn’s aura to such an extent that even inexperienced local batsmen started taking their chances against the South African pacer. He has been hit for 24 from fellow South African teammate AB de Villiers and has struggled in the Indian leg of the tournament terribly. Here is a list of Steyn’s figures this IPL 2014 season.

M

Opposition

Overs

Maidens

R

W

Eco.

UAE

1

RR

4

0

28

2

7.25

2

KXIP

4

0

26

6.5

3

DD

4

0

33

2

8.25

4

CSK

4

0

20

5

5

MI

4

0

20

2

5

India

6

RCB

4

0

39

9.75

7

RR

4

0

31

2

7.75

8

DD

4

0

20

2

5

9

MI

4

0

29

7.25

10

KXIP

4

0

51

12.75

11

KKR

4

0

24

1

6

12

RCB

4

0

23

5.75

13

CSK

4

0

43

10.75

14

KKR

4

0

43

10.75

M

Runs

W

Eco.

UAE Leg

20

127

6

7.25

India leg

36

303

5

9.75

Total

56

430

11

7.67

Boundaries and sixes: Steyn has been hit for 45 boundaries and 16 sixes in the tournament.

Steyn’s overall figures in IPL 2014 read 56-0-430-11, with an economy rate of 7.67. The numbers are not that shocking as one would expect. Despite that, there is a marked difference between his India leg and that of UAE.

Death Overs: Death overs are considered after the 14th over, and one exception has been made during Sunrisers Hyderabad’s last league match against Kolkata Knight Riders where the latter team were dealing with the middle-overs as death overs in the race to end at No 2 in the IPL 7 Points Table.

Out of the 56 overs bowled by Steyn, his figures in the death read: 19-0-198-5 at an economy rate of 10.42. In the death overs, he has been hit for 15 boundaries and nine sixes.

Below are match-by-match details of Steyn’s performance in death overs. (Numbers in bracket denotes fours and sixes hit in death overs)

No.

4s

6s

Overs

W & Runs

1

5(4)

2

1 for 22

2

4(1)

2

0 for 13

3

4(3)

1

2

2 for 18

4

1

1

1

0 for 3

5

3

1

0 for 4

6

3(1)

3(3)

2

0 for 27

7

4 (1)

1

2

1 for 12

8

1

1

1 for 4

9

4

1

0 for 9

10

3(2)

4(2)

1

0 for 22

11

1

1

1

0 for 6

12

1

1

0 for 8

13

6(2)

2(2)

1

0 for 24

14

6(3)

2(2)

1

0 for 26

Total

45 (15)

16 (9)

19

198

The yorkers: Death over bowling died as batsmen went about hammering in those overs. There are few deliveries which have still deceived the big bats, and yorkers are certainly one of them. However, lately it has been seen that Steyn’s chances of delivering a yorker has been rare.. As a result, the batsmen had one less reason to worry and it made a huge difference when it came to bowling in the death.

Expensive Overs: In four matches, Steyn was hammered for over 20 runs in an over and all came at the death. The most famous one was de Villiers hitting Steyn for 24 in an over and RCB romped at home in a tight run-chase. In their second match against Kings XI Punjab, George Bailey‘s assault led to 22 in an over whereas in their penultimate match against Chennai Super Kings; he was taken for a ride by Dhoni that led to 24 runs in the last over of the innings. In their final match, Yusuf Pathan hammered 26 in the over where Pathan went on to score a 22-ball 72.

These numbers have certainly changed the perception towards Dale Steyn as a match-winner. Steyn is certainly good at the start, but you would not bank on Steyn to deliver when it comes to death overs in T20. However, one can never rule a champion out, and Steyn will certainly find something to emerge out of this record next season.

(Abhijit Banare is a reporter at CricketCountry. He is an avid quizzer and loves to analyse and dig out interesting facts which allows him to learn something new every day. Apart from cricket he also likes to keep a sharp eye on Indian politics, and can be followed on Twitter and blog)

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