One thing that has been missing from South Africa’s scheme of things for a long time is the fiery pace bowling of Dale Steyn. The pacer has been out of action for quite a while and the Proteas side hasn’t had a great time in international cricket of late. It may come as a good news for the countrymen if their premier fast bowler is set for a return.
Steyn posted an image on Instagram which he captioned with “The wait is over”. In that image, he can be seen in his typical fist pump celebration pointing towards the ground.
Dale Steyn has been out of action since he succumbed to a shoulder injury last year in the 1st Test against Australia in Perth. The 34-year-old missed the IPL as well and the cricketing world has since been found wanting for his lethal pace bowling.
South Africa recently conceded a massive defeat to England as they lost the 4-Test series by a margin of 3-1. The side managed to win against Sri Lanka and New Zealand without Steyn but certainly, his services were missed.
Although the Proteas side is blessed with the services of Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel who have done a mighty fine job in the absence of Steyn, yet the kind of threat that Steyn used to pose in the minds of the batsmen was nowhere to be seen.
Rabada gives hope
The layoff for the pacer has been way longer than expected. But in his absence, South Africa did find a bright spot in the form of Kagiso Rabada. The tall right-handed fast bowler has been climbing the ladder of success ever since he made a mark in the Under-19 World Cup in 2014.
Now, he is the spearhead in the all three formats for the country. Steyn and Rabada have a lot in common like pace, swing and aggression. If Steyn manages to find his full fitness back and bowls like before, the duo of Steyn and Rabada will be a treat to watch for the cricket lovers.