Steyn set sights on representing Proteas in the T20 World Cup
One of the greatest fast bowlers of this generation, Dale Steyn, is not done yet with his international cricket career and has an unebbing drive for the game as he aims to haunt batsmen's dreams in the upcoming T20 World Cup.
Steyn has set his eyes on the ICC Men's T20 World Cup in 2020. His career, of late, has been plagued by injuries of all sorts but with an unquenchable desire to take the field again, he has managed to recover through the gruelling rehabilitation process and maintained the venom in his bowling.
The South African juggernaut has taken 439 wickets in Tests and is training hard to get ready for the upcoming limited-overs marquee tournament in Australia.
Cricket is on Steyn's mind all the time and he feels he is ready to lead Proteas in the World Cup in Australia. He will be showing his dexterity in the upcoming edition of HBL Pakistan Super League (PSL) that will be up and running from February 20.
The 36-year-old was roped in by Islamabad United in the platinum category and he is without a doubt one of the biggest signings of the forthcoming season.
"I love playing cricket. I wake up every day and I can't see myself doing anything else right now," he was quoted as saying by the ICC.
"I am just putting my hand up and saying I'm available, pick me, don't pick me and then we'll see how it goes to the World Cup.
Steyn believes if the hunt to play at the top level is present and if he is able to get the batsman out as he has always done throughout his career, then he won't stop what he does best anytime soon.
"As long as that drive is there to still play at the highest level, and get batters out and fox them and outsmart them and all that kind of stuff, if I can do that, I am going to continue to do that."
Steyn called it quits to Test cricket in 2019 and since then put his focus on limited-overs cricket. Being an elder statesman, Steyn understands his role in the side which is not limited to leading the pace attack but he wants to help groom the young pace bowlers and pass on his experience.
"I want to stand at mid-off and really say, 'look what are you thinking, what ball are you going to bowl' and hopefully they can learn and get better every game while I'm there. My job is to make sure guys are making the right decisions on the field. That's what I want to achieve out of this."
Steyn is thrilled to be part of the top-quality T20 league of Pakistan and the veteran pacer is keen on entertaining the passionate spectators: “Cricket means the world to Pakistani fans and I am excited that I will get to be a part of the Pakistan Super League draft pool."
Steyn had an illustrious cricket career; he has taken 439 scalps in the longer format, 196 wickets in ODIs and 61 in T20Is.