Dale Steyn doesn’t want to waste the “few balls left” in his career in a Bangladesh match

Dale Steyn doesn’t minces with his words and is pretty straightforward like the way he delivers his thunderbolts. Undoubtedly, he is one of the best bowlers in the world and still has a lot to contribute to South African cricket.

In an interview with Wisden India, the lethal fast bowler, who is now playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), hinted that he may not be available for South Africa’s tour of Bangladesh in July this year. He said that he would rather preserve himself for more important tournaments and Test cricket than wasting “the few balls” left in his career in a Bangladesh match.

He said that going to Bangladesh and Zimbabwe does nothing to his confidence in compare to going to a World Cup and performing.

“It might sound very cocky or na ve of me, or self-centred, but I want to win a World Cup for my country. And they only come around once every four years. If you’re playing in the Twenty20 World Cup, luckily they come around every year. So with all due respect to places like Bangladesh or Zimbabwe, going and playing three ODIs in Bangladesh does nothing for my confidence as opposed to knowing that I’m going to a World Cup,” Steyn said.

However the bowler said he is ready to go to Bangladesh to help and support the future Proteas bowlers. He added, “At this stage of my career, I’d rather be saving myself to go and participate in the major tournaments, rather than wasting the few balls I have left in my career in a Bangladesh match. I’d rather go to Bangladesh to help and support future South African bowlers, and use what is left of the 10,000 or 20,000 deliveries that I have left in my body for the big tournament. That’s where I’m at personally. But at the beginning of my career, I would have done everything. I would have gone every tournament and to every place. But I’ve done it all now.”