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 in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (14:00 IST)   at Port Elizabeth

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (03:30 IST)   at Christchurch

India tour of Australia, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (05:00 IST)   at Melbourne

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Jan 2, 2015 (14:00 IST)   at Cape Town

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2014-15

Jan 3, 2015 (03:30 IST)   at Wellington

More

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 19, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

New Zealand won by 68 runs

India tour of Australia, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014  at Woolloongabba, Brisbane

Australia won by 4 wkts

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 17, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

New Zealand won by 7 runs

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014  at Centurion

South Africa won by an innings and 220 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Dec 16, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 87 runs

Photos

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane

Videos

Ind vs Aus: Dhoni analyses the 4-wicket loss at Brisbane

Live Cricket Score Ranji Trophy 2014-15, Round 3, Day 2 — All matches: Yuvraj Singh scores 2nd century in his 2nd Ranji game this season

Shahid Afridi, please do not take the innocence away from cricket

India vs Australia 2014: Visitors would do well to back aggression up with performances

South Africa vs West Indies 2014-15: Is Jason Holder a captain or a stooge?

Can Eoin Morgan change England’s limited-overs fortunes?

Australia India Interviews Moments in history Ricky Ponting

Sri Lanka’s tour of New Zealand 2014-15: Lasith Malinga set for ODI series return

WICB accused by attorney of victimising Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy, and Kieron Pollard

Ranji Trophy 2014-15: Yuvraj Singh scores back to back hundreds in Ranji Trophy

BCCI takes steps to curb spot-fixing in domestic games

Akshar Patel replaces injured Ravindra Jadeja for last two India-Australia Tests

Akshar Patel picked far too early for Test cricket

ICC World Cup 2015: Will India’s trend of performing against expectations continue?

Moin Khan: Pakistan must carry momentum in ICC World Cup 2015

West Indies tour of South Africa 2014-15: One-sided encounters may suck interest out of series

India tour of Australia 2014-15: Can Australia make it 12 wins in a row at home?

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

683 Posts | 6 Fans

Mitchell Johnson's 37 wickets against England in Ashes 2013-14

प्रसिद्ध कथक नृत्यांगना सितारा देवी नहीं रही

More broadband connections to boost GDP growth in Asia Pacific: GSMA

India is becoming our largest overseas market, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says

Bigg Boss 8: Ali Quli Mirza, Renee Dhyani, Upen Patel, Praneet Bhatt, Sonali Raut – who should be evicted this week?

Revealed: The reason why Kishore Kumar’s biopic starring Ranbir Kapoor won’t feature Katrina Kaif!

अभिनेत्री प्रियंका चोपड़ा ने स्वच्छ भारत अभियान में हिस्सा लिया

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here