RE: Great possiblilities for Kallis and Steyn.
January 03, 2013, 10:31:21
I had the privilege of watching Steyn LIVE in Hyderabad in an IPL5 last league match against RCB from on-side stands and I can compare him to a Puma running into to prey, hardly he takes 9 steps to deliver the ball from the 30 yard circle.There were other bowlers too in that match but did not have the class or the speed of him.And the ball was whistling past the batsmen and hardly I could see the ball. Imagine the batsmen in the middle. And the accuracy at that pace is very rare.I have seen Akthar, Waqar, Donald & Lee bowling loose balls but Steyn & Bond are 2 bowlers I will have in my side any day. I will put my money on Steyn to break 563 wkts of Mcgrath. Given his fitness and athleticism and age he looks to be the sole contender. Good Luck! Steyn for more wickets.
I love watching Vernon Philander bowl-he is a throwback to a forgotten type-the medium fast swing/seam man ala Terry Alderman,I.T.Botham,Kapil,etc.In some ways he has redefined the bowling unit which in modern day cricket is so influenced by the speed gun. HOWEVER,as magnificent as Big Vern has been he is not in Steyn's class,not even close.Steyn creates pressure allowing Philander to feed off that menace to produce wicket taking deliveries.When the going got tough in England and Australia,guess who the "go-to" man was? D.W Steyn,the leader of the pack and the only man in the S.A attack who can change a gear up in pace when required to.Certainly he may not always take the most wickets and will bowl poorly at times but he is a true great.
Above are comments from Cricinfo, suggesting what the international public think of Dale.
Beeno I don't agree with you that Steyn is not the Bowler he used to be. on the contrary i think he is better...
He is not the pace juggernaut, however he is more Mature.
Can hold it back and then unleash the demon.
Just like Kallis is the best Cricketer and Batsman ever to come from south Africa, so Dale wil become(if he not already is) The best bowler ever to come from here.
The guy is a once in a generation bowler. He will become a legend. As he has incorpeorated so much more than just pure pace. He dosen't need to take that many wickets, he is never easy to score off. He bowls an impecable line. And creates that swing from pace when needed.
He is a freak Beeno, alas only time will tell, but he definitely is in the same class as a Malcolm Marshall or Denis Lilee if you ask me.