Dale Steyn is one of the finest fast bowlers to have played international cricket. Be it Test cricket or shorter formats, he was lethal across formats. His tally of 699 international wickets is the second-highest for South Africa.
However, he wanted to be a batsman. In his recent interview with Sanjay Manjrekar, he disclosed that he batted at number three and even received the Batsman-of-the-Year award once. After meeting with AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis, he shifted his attention to bowling.
“When I was in my first academy year after school, I had a bad hamstring injury. So about six months, I didn’t really bowl. So, I decided I was going to bat. I batted at number three and ended up getting Batsman-of-the-Year at my academy. I mean it’s ridiculous. And then I went to Pretoria to join the Titans,” Steyn said while speaking to Sanjay Manjrekar on a chat show for ESPNcricinfo.
“When I got there, I met Faf (du Plessis), AB (de Villiers). Then I started to rub shoulders with Alviro Pietersen. I quickly realized that I was a decent batter but these guys were batsmen. And, I thought if I am even going to play for South Africa or for Titans, I need to focus primarily on my bowling,” he added.
Steyn also went on to say that he should have worked on his batting as the all-rounder tag would have got him more money in the IPL.“I little bit regret it right now because I think I could have averaged closer to 20 and who knows gone for more money in the IPL if I was a better all-rounder like Chris Morris.”