Dale Steyn’s intimidating words to his opponents instigates fear

South African speedster Dale Steyn has been the spine of their bowling attack for many years and has done a commendable job with the ball across formats. Steyn has been the reason behind nightmares for many batsmen in the world, Indian opener Rohit Sharma would certainly be an example of it as he had a dreadful time in dealing with the lanky bowler. READ MORE: VIDEO: Kevin Pietersen, Sachin Tendulkar drafted in Ian Bell’s All-Time XI; Andrew Strauss misses out

Steyn in an interview with ESPNCricinfo, opened up on many fascinating things he went through in his entire cricketing career. He is undoubtedly one of the best bowlers South Africa have ever produced. In fact, Allan Donald called him “the best the country had ever produced”.

Steyn while speaking abut his One-Day International debut said, “When I made my ODI debut, playing for Africa XI, I was absolutely useless. I was jet-lagged. I got caned. After the game, which we lost, we shook hands with the Australians. This was the first time I had met them. Brett Lee looked me in my eye and said, “Well done, mate.” That was great.” READ MORE: 10 sensational Dale Steyn deliveries that makes the jaw drop

Steyn was pretty pleased with this gesture by Lee but what made him furious was his encounter with Australian skipper Ricky Ponting. He said, “But the one who really annoyed me was Ricky, who didn’t offer me anything when I shook his hand. I was furious inside. I was like, I am going to get this guy. I don’t think he has ever known this. I have never said this. I have got my eye on you, buddy. I am coming for you.” READ MORE: Kevin Pietersen: 11 shots that define his incredible batting genius

Steyn further quipped some words which would instigate fear in any batsmen’s mind. He said, “I think I caused a little bit of havoc at the back end of his career. He was a brilliant batsman of fast bowling. But that was my goal: every time I play against you, I want you to remember who I am. I want you to go to bed at night and know when you are playing South Africa tomorrow, you have to face me. The first time you faced me, you didn’t know who I was, which is fair enough, but as long as you know who I am when you are done, that is good enough. Ricky, Virat Kohli, Michael Clarke, Alastair Cook – I want them to go at night time thinking, Ah, I have to face this guy tomorrow.”

Steyn certainly wants the best of the game to fear him and take him seriously. He has inflicted ample of damage to many teams across the globe and created trouble for most of the star batsmen with his out-swing. Steyn is the fastest bowler to have scalped 400 Test wickets; he is the only bowler to have a fifer against all Test playing nations. But Steyn’s career has taken a dip in the recent times as he hasn’t lived up to his reputation but one can expect a bowler of his calibre to bounce back in no time. He is pure class ad will continue to script more records with his guile.