Dale Steyn opens up about Grant Elliott’s gesture in World Cup 2015 semi-final

Earlier this year, South Africa’s Dale Steyn was involved in one of the most touching sporting moments that the game has seen. It was the penultimate ball of the first semi-final of the World Cup 2015, and New Zealand’s Grant Elliott had smacked him for a six to help his side seal a berth in the final of the mega-event for the first time. A devastated Steyn lied down on the pitch as Elliott stretched out his arm to pick up the champion bowler.

A month and half after the incident, the South African fast bowler, now playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL), opened up about the incident for the first time. In an interview with Mid-Day, Steyn said, “I was kind of lying on my back, trying to take stock of things that happened. You train for four years for that tournament and it disappeared like this in a flash. It was comforting to see a man stand and give out his hand. And it also takes a man to stretch out his hand and accept the humble gesture. I liked it, it was great. I felt I had spent enough time on the ground and it was time to get up (laughs). Grant was the perfect man to pick me up. It was a perfect moment.”

Speaking about the gesture, he hoped for such incidents to happen more often and called it one of his “best cricketing moments.”

“I hope such gestures happen often. It is something I would also like to do and expect my team to do. No matter what happens on the field, it should stay there. We appreciate good sportsmanship. It wasn’t something that was planned. It was just so natural. It is one of my best cricketing moments,” he added.