Stories about Dale Steyn

RIP Phillip Hughes, you will always remain unbeaten on 63

With just one week left to his 26th birthday, Phillip Hughes left the cricketing world, leaving us shocked and saddened, after having fought bravely for three days. He incurred a head injury by a Sean Abbot bouncer in a freak incident during a Sheffield Shield match. At the age of 20, this miraculous country-side batsman made his way into the Australian Test side against South Africa at Johannesburg back in 2009. His very first fall in Test cricket on nought was on a bouncer bowled by Dale Steyn which he, in pursuit of slashing it over the slips, edged to Mark Boucher. South Africa thought they had found the weakness ...

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After Ajmal, Hafeez takes a hit – will Pakistan be able to bounce back?

And so the ICC’s purge against off-spinners continues, with Mohammad Hafeez being the latest victim. It has come as no surprise given the recent suspensions of off-spinners globally and the warning Hafeez himself received when he was reported during the Champions League T20 in September with Hafeez due to be tested at Loughborough on November 24, 2014. In fact, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) itself has been pro-active in this matter, forming a five-member committee which included ICC Elite Panel Umpire Aleem Dar and Pakistan’s spin bowling coach, Mushtaq Ahmad, to weed out suspect actions before they reach the international stage. However, the news of Hafeez ...

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Super Sarfaraz

In an era where wicket-keepers have become the mainstays of their respective batting line-ups around the world, Pakistan continues to languish at the lowest end of the production line of wicket-keeper and batsman all-rounder. The last wicket-keeper to score a Test century for Pakistan before today was Kamran Akmal, who achieved this feat at Karachi’s National Stadium five years ago. And now, the jinx has finally been broken by the newest member of the exalted street fighter’s club in Karachi – Sarfaraz Ahmed. Sarfaraz is playing in his eighth Test and these matches have spread over four and a half years which ...

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Dale Steyn: The best fast bowler ever!

While the whole cricket fraternity was going gaga over Dale Steyn’s bowling heroics during the second Test match of the last series played between South Africa and Australia, a couple of my friends came up with a peculiar yet interesting theory. According to them, due to the dearth of good fast bowlers in Test cricket, batsmen, in general, have become complacent, and as a consequence, their techniques have become more vulnerable against top quality swing bowling. Some very good bowlers, taking advantage of the technical deficiencies of modern batsmen, have mustered up career figures that are comparable to the best of all time, even if ...

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Is Hafeez in a position to lead our T20 side in the World Cup 2014?

Mohammad Hafeez’s journey as captain began in July, 2012, when he was appointed in-charge of the Pakistan T20 team. A few months later, the team participated in the T20 World Cup, which was held in September, 2012, in Sri Lanka. Though Pakistan made its way into the semi-finals by securing victories in the initial rounds, they had to face defeat in the semis against the host team, by 16 runs. Pakistan had to return back home, empty handed, despite reaching so close to the trophy. During Hafeez’s captaincy, Pakistan T20 cricket has seen many glory days. He has the record of ...

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Pakistan’s T20 and ODI against South Africa: A few victories we failed to mention

Pakistan’s recent victories in the T20 and ODI matches have made sceptics believe in the team again. While fighting to grasp their surprising victory, the team was able to put up a great show and make fans everywhere fall in love with this game all over again! Here is a review of the two delightful matches in which our team made us proud and finally gave us a reason to celebrate. Twenty20 international against South Africa With hearts beating fast and hands held up in prayers, Pakistani cricket fans hoped that the cricket team would win the second T20 against South Africa ...

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The curious case of Mohammad Hafeez

Pakistan has had its fair share of all-rounders over the years and Mohammad Hafeez has definitely been one of them. The 33-year-old, Sargodha born all-rounder entered international cricket as an opening batsman in 2003 when he took two wickets for 41 runs during his ODI debut against Zimbabwe, becoming the winning cause at Sharjah in 2003. Hafeez was one of the many new talents recruited in the national side after Pakistan was humiliatingly knocked out of the ICC World Cup 2003 in the first round. Under the leadership of Rashid Latif, a relatively new team started its journey with the absence of superstars like ...

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Six reasons why Misbahul Haq should not be blamed

I wouldn’t fault Pakistan’s ODI and Test match captain, Misbahul Haq, if he is just a teeny-weeny bit happy that Pakistan lost both T20s to South Africa. If I was in his place, I’d be somewhat pleased as well. “Blame it on me now!” I’d say while grinning from ear to ear. Recently, it seems that the maligned Misbah has become the Malala of Pakistan cricket; everything is his fault. When he plays defensive cricket because he knows that the rest of his team can barely qualify when under pressure, he is accused of pedestrian batting. But if he throws down ...

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