South African fast bowler and one of the world’s best bowler, Dale Steyn is all set to make his comeback to cricket after more than a year out with injury.
Steyn, 34, on Tuesday was named in a 13-man Titans squad for a South Africa’s domestic Twenty20 match against the Knights in Kimberley on Wednesday. The fast bowler hasn’t played any match since breaking down with a stress fracture of his right shoulder on the second day of the first Test against Australia last year.
Steyn, while talking to Titans media, said: “I am ready to go. Yes, I haven’t played in a year, but there are no massive expectations. I am just looking forward to playing again and feeling part of the game.”
“I’m not asking people to sit back and think I’m going to bowl at 150 kmh and that I’m going to take five wickets. If I can get through the game with minimal damage in terms of economy rate and pick up a wicket or two that would be great.”
Not just that, Steyn also received the backing of South Africa’s national team coach, Ottis Gibson, who said that a fit Steyn would be an automatic choice.
“He is Dale Steyn,” Gibson told journalists. “He is not some average guy from down the road. He is one of the best bowlers the country has ever produced.”
“If you look him in the eyes and you say, ‘Dale are you sure you can make it?’ and he says he can make it, then he is getting the opportunity,” Gibson added.