Dale Steyn gives his perspective on the Kohli-Tendulkar debate
Steyn is living with the dream of winning the World Cup for South Africa in 2019 and is currently working towards it.
Updated - Dec 4, 2018 9:13 pm
Dale Steyn is one of the few fast bowlers today whose on-field aggression never clouds his ability to exemplify the sportsman spirit he possesses. The South African speedster, since his international debut in the year 2004, has assumed the role of being the greatest fast bowler of this generation. Steyn who is keen on leading the Proteas into the World Cup 2019 has seen the best of two generations.
Steyn has also been fortunate enough to play against two of the probably greatest batsmen of their eras Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli. He weighed in on the little master by remembering him as the first batsman to score a double hundred in ODIs. However, when asked about who is more difficult to bowl to, the South African great said that both the batsmen are equally good and would have remained neck to neck if they were playing in the same era.
“The game has changed a lot since Sachin’s days. He was one of the pioneers for getting the game to push in terms of rate. He was the first guy to score a double hundred in One-day internationals. Whenever we played against them in India, he was always with a strike rate of above 100, while others used to remain around 80.
However, these days 100 is norm. There are lots of Sachins out there today. Kohli is a fantastic player. Had Sachin played in the same gear as Kohli, who is in the best form of his life right now, they would have been the same,” Steyn was quoted as saying by NDTV.
Steyn’s World Cup dream
The 35-year old, although in the twilight of his career, preps himself for one final time in limited-overs cricket in a bid to romp South Africa to their maiden World Cup title win. Though the likes of Lungi Ngidi and Kagiso Rabada have cemented their place in the ODI set-up, Steyn will be really crucial for the Proteas to claim glory.