Home > News >

Dale Steyn determined to leave a legacy, says Allan Donald

Dale Steyn took his 23rd five-wicket haul on Friday © AFP
Dale Steyn took his 23rd five-wicket haul on Friday © AFP

Jul 19, 2014

South Africa bowling coach Allan Donald on Saturday heaped praise on pace spearhead Dale Steyn, who registered his 23rd five-wicket haul during the ongoing first Test Match against Sri Lanka at Galle.  Donald said Steyn is determined to leave a legacy.

Steyn returned with the figures of 23-8-54-5 as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 292, with South Africa taking a crucial 163-rul lead in the first innings.

Donald told IOL Sports, “There is nobody better in world cricket right now. I have great respect for our bowling attack, but when this guy gets a sniff, all the skills come to the fore – the discipline, the pace through the air – and it’s hard to play; it really is.”

“I’ve not seen the look that is on his face before. Since he got here, he’s been so determined to leave a legacy here. He’s been unbelievably hyped up for this whole series,” Donald added.

Talking about his own bowling, Steyn said, “Bowling on the sub-continent is so hard. Sometimes, bowling on a green top is just as hard because you’re expected to take wickets, but these places are really difficult to bowl on. But I kind of enjoy that challenge. I remember coming here a long time ago, and I was useless! I was just running in trying to bowl as fast as I could – just had no idea what I was doing,” he mocked.

“I’m lucky because I am short, and skiddy. So my bouncer doesn’t get up. A guy like Morne is taller, so he roughs up guys. I am always in with a chance to hit the stumps with every ball. It didn’t happen today, but I was still attacking the stumps, I managed to hit the edge a few times,” he added.

Donald said Steyn scores more over his contemporaries because of his attitude. “The pace is relentless, and he mixes it well; he just keeps coming. It has to do with his attitude, which I have seen since we got here, through the ODI series, and that is that he is not letting up. His leadership as a whole is a great quality,” Donald said.

“We’ve said the graveyard shift is going to be the hardest here, and Dale did it again today. There is nobody better in the world at cleaning up a batting line-up. And it’s not just when he is on a roll, but also when he has to dig deep. He looks deep, deep down there,” Donald said, showing the South African emblem.

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 20, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Kolkata

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at Cuttack

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 24, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Mount Maunganui

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014 (09:30 IST)   at Dhaka

More

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 21, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 6 wkts

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 17, 2014  at Dharamsala

India won by 59 runs

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 14, 2014  at Visakhapatnam

Match cancelled

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 12, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Australia won by 1 run

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 11, 2014  at Delhi

India won by 48 runs

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 1st Test at Dubai

Videos

AB de Villiers praises team after win in 1st ODI

Viv Richards’ 6/41 bowls West Indies to a thrilling victory over India

Asad Shafiq emerges as dependable No 6 for Pakistan

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Mitchell Johnson shows signs of effectiveness on unhelpful surfaces

South Africa vs New Zealand 2014: Vital for Brendon McCullum to find form quickly

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 India New Zealand New Zealand vs South Africa New Zealand vs South Africa 2014 Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of New Zealand 2014 South Africa vs New Zealand South Africa vs New Zealand 2014

British judge baffled by cricket terms

Live Streaming: New Zealand vs South Africa, 2nd ODI at Mt Maunganui

Live Scorecard: New Zealand vs South Africa, 2nd ODI at Mount Maunganui

Live Cricket Score: New Zealand vs South Africa, 2nd ODI at Mount Maunganui

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: 1st Test sees disappointing crowd turnout

Viv Richards’ 6/41 bowls West Indies to a thrilling victory over India

Asad Shafiq emerges as dependable No 6 for Pakistan

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Mitchell Johnson shows signs of effectiveness on unhelpful surfaces

Joginder Sharma: When an over eclipses a career

South Africa vs New Zealand 2014: Vital for Brendon McCullum to find form quickly

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

642 Posts | 9 Fans

Virat Kohli's Family Meets Anushka Sharma

Bigg Boss 8 highlights: Contestants celebrate Diwali with Palak and Gutthi!

Xiaomi is migrating its international users’ data to improve service performance and strengthen privacy

How to make tamarind or imli packs for hair and skin

WTA Tour Finals Singapore 2014: Serena Williams retains hopes of semi-final berth after trumping Eugenie Bouchard

David Warner strikes back for Australia after Sarfraz Ahmed’s ton lifts Pakistan to 454 in 1st Test

Top Sex Positions: Frog Princess

Abhishek Bachchan, the surprise package in Farah Khan’s Happy New Year?

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg surprises Chinese crowd by speaking seemingly good Mandarin

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here