We are not pushovers: Steyn

Pacer believes in Deccan Chargers’ ability to beat any team in IPL

By Hoshedar N. Gundevia
Mumbai 30 April 2012
Cricket is a batsman’s game, they say. Well, not on Sunday; and certainly not on that seaming Wankhede wicket. With batsmen accustomed to bludgeoning the ball all over the park, it was refreshing to see Dale Steyn absolutely dominate the Mumbai Indians batsmen. The Deccan Chargers might not have a lot going for them in IPL 2012, but they certainly have the best fast bowler in world cricket in their ranks.

The 28-year-old speedster was on top of his game again as he breathed hope into the Chargers’ bowling attack right from the first ball. MI’s Richard Levi couldn’t save his stumps for the second time in the competition, but Steyn’s heroics couldn’t save DC from succumbing to their sixth loss of the season.

The fiery pacer, although disappointed after DC’s five-wicket loss against MI, took out time for a brief chat with


What led to the decision of Kumar Sangakkara being left out of the playing XI?

We thought this was a wicket, which was probably going to seam around a little bit, and it was Sanga’s decision to keep himself out. He felt that we should play an extra international seamer. That was a captain’s decision and we respect that; and it almost worked tonight.

Do you think you didn’t get enough support from the other bowlers?

I don’t think so. I think we were 30 or may be 40 runs short.

Your team lost despite your brilliant bowling performance. What’s your take on that?

I think that says a lot about the team. I don’t think we are a pushover team. I think we are a fantastic team. We were bowled out for 100 and still managed to take the game to the 19th over. We have lost a couple of games, but it’s not like we are losing by 10 wickets or getting thumped by 70 or 80 runs, if we are batting second. We can beat any team on any night. Unfortunately, this season we have been on the other side because of some unluckiness.

What elements of your team would you like to change?

I don’t think we need to change. We just have to be 10 percent better at everything; that includes our batting, bowling and fielding. Otherwise, I think we are playing unbelievably well. The results might not say that, but we have just not been lucky enough every time we have lost.

What are DC’s ambitions going ahead in the tournament?

We will still try to win. We participate in this tournament to win the matches and to win the tournament. How fantastic will it be if we win all our remaining games?

You seemed really happy when you got Richard Levi out today. You also got him out in the home fixture against MI. Do you think you have his number?

They were totally different deliveries. One was a yorker and this was a length ball. He is a good player and I don’t have his number. I just got the better off him today.
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