Ahead of their game against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) scheduled later in the day, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has received a huge boost. Veteran South African fast bowler Dale Steyn has joined the franchise as a replacement for injured Nathan Coulter-Nile. The Australian speedster is currently struggling with a stiff back issue.
Coulter-Nile was originally expected to join the RCB team soon after the five-match ODI series against Pakistan but he didn't and the speculations started about the cricketer's participation in the lucrative league. There was a lot of buzz on the social media regarding Steyn's probable association with Royal Challengers as even the South African pacer posted a picture of his passport with the Indian national visa stamp on Twitter.
Steyn has already played 28 games for RCB
However, the recent reports have brought an end to the flurry of speculations as Steyn who went unsold at the auction has joined the RCB camp. Steyn's inclusion has bolstered the struggling RCB pace bowling contingent. The Proteas premier pacer will be playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) after a gap of two years. He last played for the now-debunk Gujarat Lions during the 2016 edition only in a single match. Steyn will also be making a return to the RCB camp after having played 28 matches for the franchise between 2008 and 2010.
Will Steyn be available for the game against KXIP?
The RCB team management confirmed that Steyn will only be available to feature in the side from April 16. This means he will not be considered for selection in RCB's upcoming matches against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali scheduled to be held later in the day and Mumbai Indians (MI) on April 15 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. As Steyn is currently coming off a great season for South Africa, his inclusion comes as a timely boost for the struggling RCB franchise. Virat Kohli will certainly be eager to slot him straight into the playing eleven but at whose expense will be questioned.
Meanwhile, Steyn recently made a comeback to South Africa and has been performing brilliantly for them. He will be most probably the part of the World Cup squad as well which is set to be announced on April 18. Steyn will be hoping to change RCB’s fortunes with his performances and also impress the selectors in the process. It will also be a sense of Deja Vu for him as he has played for the franchise before.