South African legend Dale Steyn is renowned for his ferocious fast bowling, which has troubled all the batting greats of the modern era.
Steyn is treated as a living legend amongst pace bowlers produced in the game of cricket. Since making his debut against England back in 2004, Steyn has dominated with the ball in all formats.
Unfortunately, the fag end of his career has witnessed him struggle to cope up with injuries, which is a natural phenomenon for fast bowlers.
Very seldom does one see a bowler enjoy a prolonged career, like that of a batsman. However, every time Steyn has graced the game of cricket with his presence since the unfortunate shoulder injury in 2016, it has been nothing short of gold.
June 27 marks the birthday of the Protea pacer. Today, on his 37th birth anniversary, let’s have a look at his vicious swinger to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) stalwart Suresh Raina, in the last year’s IPL.
Back in the 2019 season, Steyn came in as a replacement for an injured Nathan Coulter-Nile, their prized purchase in the auction.
In his very first appearance, he made an impact by removing Suresh Raina and Shane Watson in his first over of the tournament.
After being hit for six runs in the first four deliveries, which included a boundary and a couple of singles, Steyn removed Watson and Raina out of the equation.
Against all the odds, RCB went on to win the match at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, as CSK failed to chase the target, falling just one short of the total. This match is also renowned for MS Dhoni’s efforts (84* off 48) in a losing cause.