‘Do you like to play for Mumbai Indians?’ – A fan asks Dale Steyn
It remains to be seen which franchise in IPL bids for him, given his fragile body and tendency to break down often.
by Jatin Author
Published - Nov 17, 2019 3:26 pm | Updated - Nov 17, 2019 3:26 pm
South Africa’s fast bowling legend Dale Steyn was let go by his IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore in the recently closed trading window as the IPL edition 2020 auction nears next month. Many RCB fans had expected that Steyn might be retained by the franchise, but the management decided to go for a purge, retaining just two foreign players.
Those two foreign players are AB de Villiers and Moeen Ali, while the rest of Virat Kohli led side remains the same. The IPL 2020 auction will take place in Kolkata this time on December 19 and is expected to be an interesting one, given that many of the teams have decided to let go of a huge number of players to enlarge their purse.
Dale Steyn ready to play for MI if they want him in IPL 2020
Meanwhile, Dale Steyn had a question and answer session on Twitter with his fans where he got queries about his release from RCB and also about the future of his cricketing career. One of the questions that came his way was from a Mumbai Indians fan who wanted to know whether he would play for the four-time champions if given a chance. “Do you like to play for @mipaltan,” the fan queried.
To this Dale Steyn replied in his usual style that he would come and play for whichever team that picks him in the auction. He replied, “If they want me, I’ll happily come and deliver.”
If they want me, I’ll happily come and deliver
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) November 16, 2019
Meanwhile, Steyn has struggled with fitness for the last three years or so and missed more than 18 months of cricket after fracturing his shoulder during Australia tour and then hurt his ankle against India in 2018. He also suffered a shoulder injury during IPL 2019 after playing only two games and had to miss the 2019 World Cup for South Africa. These concerns have resulted in him retiring from the game after playing more than 90 Tests and taking 439 wickets.
He was not picked for the India T20I tour recently, despite him claiming he was fit to travel and is currently playing the Mzansi Super League in South Africa, while also having signed for the upcoming Big Bash League edition. It remains to be seen which franchise in IPL bids for him, given his fragile body and tendency to break down often.