Dale Steyn picks a better pacer between Kagiso Rabada and Jasprit Bumrah
Both the pacers are currently part of the Indian Premier League.
Updated - Apr 24, 2019 8:52 pm
South Africa’s veteran speedster Dale Steyn has revealed his pick as the better bowler between his compatriot Kagiso Rabada and India star Jasprit Bumrah. There is little doubt that Bumrah and Rabada are two of the best pacers of this generation. No matter what the format is or what the conditions are, the two rarely fail to perform. Rabada was recently the top-ranked Test bowler in the world and is currently third.
On the other hand, Bumrah is the number one pacer in ODIs and proved his credentials in Tests with his stunning performances in South Africa, England and Australia last year. And it would not be entirely wrong to say that Bumrah has hogged more limelight than Rabada in recent times with quite a number of high-profile names calling him the best pacer in the world. However, Steyn feels Rabada is ahead of Bumrah.
The Proteas star cited Rabada’s performance in the ongoing IPL to back his claim. Rabada has been in superb form for Delhi Capitals this season. In a country where the pacers do not enjoy much assistance from the pitch, Rabada has caused all sorts of problems for the batsmen with his pace and accuracy. He is currently the leading wicket-taker this season with 23 scalps to his name.
“Kagiso has been phenomenal. Having not toured India a lot in his young career, he seems to be a level ahead of where some other bowlers are right now. And that’s including some of the great Indian players like your Bumrahs and everyone who are superb bowlers; but just looks like KG has gotten on to something that everybody else hasn’t right now. I’m a big fan of fast bowlers, love watching someone like Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and others bowl from across the world,” Dale Steyn told Hindustan Times.
It’s great to be back
Steyn himself is eyeing to make a mark in the IPL. After missing the last two seasons, he had gone unsold in the auction for the ongoing season too. However, Royal Challengers Bangalore roped him in as an injury replacement for Nathan Coulter-Nile and the pacer has so far justified the decision. In the two games, he has played so far, he was instrumental in helping Royal Challengers beat Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings.
“I haven’t been in IPL for a couple of years now … Got one or two serious injuries during the IPL period so I missed it. But it’s great to be back. The two games I’ve played so far have been exhilarating. Watching Andre Russell hit the ball out of the ground, and the other night with (MS) Dhoni almost pulling a rabbit out of the hat and yet we won by a run with a run out, it’s amazing. It feels like the whole course has changed for my entire year of cricket already,” said Steyn.