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.

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 24, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Glenelg, Adelaide

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Sharjah

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 28, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Adelaide

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 28, 2014 (12:00 IST)   at Dhaka

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 29, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

More

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 26, 2014  at Dhaka

Bangladesh won by 124 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 26, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 25 runs

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 24, 2014  at Colombo

Hong Kong won by 2 wkts

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Chittagong

Bangladesh won by 68 runs

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Sydney

Australia won by 2 wickets (D/L method)

Photos

Phil Hughes suffers head injury: In photos

Videos

AB de Villiers: Disappointed with defeat in Australia

Daniel Vettori becomes the most capped New Zealand player

Quinton de Kock equals record for most centuries before the age of 22

Wriddhiman Saha’s performance in the 1st Test at Brisbane could make or break his career

England tour of Sri Lanka 2014: Stats overview of past encounters

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014: New Zealand’s inspired performance in 2nd Test serves important lesson to non-Asian countries

Australia Australia vs South Africa Australia vs South Africa 2014 Bangladesh Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014 England India India tour of Australia 2014-15 South Africa Sri Lanka Zimbabwe Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh 2014 Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh 2014

Jacques Kallis to make his debut as caddy

Moeen Ali, Ravi Bopara’s efforts go in vain as Sri Lanka trump England by 25 runs in 1st ODI

West Indies tour of South Africa 2014-15: Sheldon Cottrell ready for return

Phil Hughes’ injury asks for review of safety factor in cricket equipment, feels Jagmohan Dalmiya

Shikha Pandey shines in India Women’s win over South Africa

The birth of Day Night cricket matches

Phillip Hughes head injury: Are helmets making batsmen complacent?

Daniel Vettori becomes the most capped New Zealand player

Quinton de Kock equals record for most centuries before the age of 22

Wriddhiman Saha’s performance in the 1st Test at Brisbane could make or break his career

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

682 Posts | 6 Fans

Video: Phil Hughes suffers head injury, collapses on field during New South Wales vs South Australia tie

Bigg Boss 8: Ali Quli Mirza slapped by Sonali Raut in Salman Khan’s show!

Bigg Boss 8: Should Sonali Raut be disqualified for slapping Ali Quli Mirza? Vote!

Week by Week Pregnancy Guide – Week 28 of your pregnancy

विपाशा बासु: पिनकेथॉन महिलाओं को जागरूक करने का महत्वपूर्ण प्लैटफॉर्म

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

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

Liverpool vs Ludogorets Razgrad Live Streaming and Score: Watch Live Telecast Online of UEFA Champions League 2014-15 Group B match

Gov. Nikki Haley Endorses ‘Make in Maharashtra’ and ‘Make in South Carolina’ Campaign

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here