When it comes to big tournaments such as the World Cup, South Africa is perhaps the first team that falls in the list of being counted as favourites almost everytime. But their habit of choking out in the pressure situations has been the big time worry for the Proteas team. They enter every tournament with a pretty quality side that can create history against every single opponent, but somehow, they manage to fall under the barrel at the penultimate moment. However, veteran South African fast bowler Dale Steyn is highly motivated to do well in what could be his final World Cup tournament.
I want to have the World Cup
The Proteas speedster, who has more than 500 international scalps to his name, is currently struggling with a shoulder injury sustained during the IPL 2019, but he hopes to give his best shot in the upcoming World Cup scheduled to start from May 30 in England and Wales. During a recent conversation, Steyn mentioned that he wants to win the World Cup medal before quitting the game. He noted that he has all the major trophies in his kitty except the World Cup and now he wants this as well.
“I will give my best during this World Cup. I have got all the important trophies in my drawing room except this World Cup. I want to have the World Cup medal before I quit the game,” quoted Dale Steyn during a conversation with The Times of India.
We’ll try our best this time
Steyn stated that the whole Proteas team is quite motivated to give their best in the upcoming 50-overs quadrennial event. He mentioned that he is trying his very highest of efforts to attain complete fitness before the start of the mega event. Steyn revealed that South Africa will definitely start as one of the confident teams in the upcoming World Cup.
“Very unfortunate. What can I say? We’ll try our best this time. The whole team is motivated like never before. I am personally trying to convince my teammates that we should not waste this opportunity as well. I was injured before the IPL. But rehabilitation was going on. I have been telling my physio that I have to be fit, fully fit for the World Cup. We’ll start the campaign as one of the confident teams,” Steyn added.
While speaking about the combination and the preparations, Steyn said, “(Our) Batting department will have specialist batsmen and three to four allrounders. If you go through the list, it may not be great but quite good. The atmosphere of World Cup will encourage the whole team to do well. We’ll tell ourselves, ‘let us all give it a go’. Forget about the past. But prove the whole world that South Africa also can play excellent brand of cricket. And if we can manage to do that, we’ll progress in the tournament.”