Bowlers play a bigger role than batsmen in the T20: Dale Steyn
Published - May 14, 2016 11:51 am | Updated - May 14, 2016 11:51 am
Dale Steyn believes that in the shortest format of the game, bowlers have a greater impact than batsmen. “Obviously, I’m biased, but I remain convinced that bowlers win far more games than batsmen. If a team is restricted to 150 on a flat pitch and the opposition openers make 70 each to win the game, they get the credit and the headlines. So that’s where Saturday’s game will be won and lost, too,” he said ahead of Gujarat Lions’ Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 game against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday.
He was quoted saying to Times of India that, good spells from the bowlers had a greater influence than big overs from the power hitters. “Naturally there is the chance that Kohli, de Villiers or Gayle or Watson, for that matter -will play a match-winning innings but, subtly, I think it will be the ‘quiet’ overs which make the difference rather than the ‘noisy’ ones,” Steyn said.
Gujarat Lions have 3 matches left and they need to win just one to qualify for the playoffs and Steyn says that they will be wanting to win more just one match.
“Bangalore have four matches left and need to win them all to make the playoffs. I get a little nervous doing the math, but I hear people saying we only need to win one of our last three games. I don’t like that talk. Let’s win them all to make sure! It hasn’t been a great tournament for Bangalore but they remain one of the most difficult and dangerous teams here, capable of winning on any given day against any other team,” the Gujarat Lions’ fast bowler said.