Dale Steyn announces his white-ball comeback with a famous song reference
The 35-year-old will be retracing his steps back into the format after a two-year long hiatus.
Updated - Sep 15, 2018 9:35 pm
One of the most talented pacers of modern times, Dale Steyn recently gave his fans something to cheer about. In a witty tweet, Steyn chose to announce his comeback to white-ball cricket while quoting from a famous song. The 35-year-old will be retracing his steps back into the format after a two-year long hiatus.
Although Steyn played his last ODI back in 2016, the news of his comeback comes as a relief for both his fans and the South African squad, who’d value some experience in case Faf du Plessis is unable to recover from his shoulder injury fully in the near future. Steyn will be seen with the white ball in his national side’s upcoming tour against Zimbabwe.
Steyn quotes ‘Simon and Garfunkel’ to announce his comeback
He will take the field against Zimbabwe in the ODI series scheduled to take place later this month. The revered pacer chose to break this news to his fans in a witty manner as he quoted from the famous song ‘The Sound of Silence’ by Simon and Garfunkel. He posted “Hello white ball my old friend… I’ve come to play with you again.” on his official Twitter handle, sending his followers into a tizzy.
The Protean pace genius is reportedly pushing for a spot in the South African squad for World Cup 2019 and hence, being selected for the Zimbabwe tour is only one step ahead in that direction. To his advantage, Steyn has a formidable record when it comes to the ODI format. In 115 innings, the 35-year-old has picked up 180 wickets with an impressive economy of 4.94 and has 3 five-wicket hauls to his credit.
Here’s what Dale Steyn posted:
Hello white ball my old friend…
I’ve come to play with you again 😉🏏
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) September 14, 2018
Recently, English pacer James Anderson showered praise on Steyn and ranked him above himself. “I’ve spent most of my life watching fast bowlers – initially as a kid on TV and later in the flesh when I started playing top-level cricket. Even now, on a day off, I’ll sit at home with the cricket on TV analyzing the quick boys and trying to learn. How are they gripping the ball? What are they thinking? Why did they bowl a bouncer or yorker or slower ball? I don’t think I’ll ever stop being fascinated. Of the modern era, I’d happily tip my hat towards Dale Steyn. With his express pace, control, and swing, he’s better than me, too,” said Anderson.