Steyn bagged 8 wickets in the second Test against New Zealand © Getty Images
Steyn bagged 8 wickets in the second Test against New Zealand © Getty Images

As South Africa clinch the two-match Test series against New Zealand with a clinical performance in the last match, ace speedster Dale Steyn said the current South Africa bowling is one where every other bowler can trust upon the other. Claiming 8 wickets at Centurion, Steyn went past Pakistan swing-king Wasim Akram to feature in the list of bowlers who have bagged maximum number of wickets in Tests in the history of cricket. He was well-supported by young talent Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Phillander as they did not let New Zealand get good runs and won the match in turn. READ: SA vs NZ: Steyn goes past Akram’s Test wicket tally of 414

Talking to espncricinfo.com, Steyn said, “This bowling unit is at a stage where everyone can rely on everybody – you don’t have to rely on me. Look at KG [Kagiso Rabada], he took 13 wickets here last time [against England]. It’s now about the culture in the side. You can step in and perform. It’s not aimed at one player to mentor anyone.”

He also spoke about his own career.

“I just want to play. I don’t know if I will wake up in a month and can’t do it anymore or if I will wake up in four years and can’t do it anymore. I just really enjoy playing Test cricket. I love it. It’s what I feel I have been put on earth to do. I do not know when to pull the plug or when the time to make that decision will come but if I am still making batters jump around and the pace is there, I will carry on doing what I am doing.

Talking about his struggle with form recently, he said, “No, there was never any doubt. I tried to rush back for the Bangalore Test and if I hadn’t, I would have probably played the [rest of the] series against India. Then, against England, I tried to go from 0 to 100 too quickly and I broke a bone in my shoulder which is very rare. It was not a case of age or ability. There was no doubt that my ability was there or that I could play this game anymore.”

Looking at his form, it does not seem far when he will equal Shaun Pollock’s record of being the highest South Africa wicket-taker. Talking about that, he said, “When I am 70 years old that’s not what I am going to remember. I will remember tonight. I will remember winning in Australia, I will remember winning in England, and hopefully I will remember winning a World Cup too.”