Veteran South Africa speedster Dale Steyn has made a massive statement, comparing the Indian Premier League (IPL) to Pakistan Super League (PSL). Steyn in a live with Saleem Khaliq said that in the IPL there are such big squads, so many big names and so much talk about the money one has earned that cricket is forgotten. He added that in tournaments like the PSL or the Lanka Premier League (LPL), the focus remains purely on cricket.
“When you go to IPL, there are such big squads, so many big names and so much emphasis on maybe the amount of money players earn and everything like that, so sometimes, cricket gets forgotten. I found that playing in these other leagues was slightly more rewarding as a player,” quoted Steyn as saying to Pakistan Cricket.
When you go to IPL,there are such big squads,so many big names and so much emphasis on maybe the amount of money players earn and everything like that,so sometimes,cricket gets forgotten.When you come to like a PSL or LPL there is an importance on the cricket.Dale Steyn pic.twitter.com/xadKxcKnyv
— Saleem Khaliq (@saleemkhaliq) March 2, 2021
Steyn has opted to take a break from IPL 2021
The 37-year-old, who was part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise in IPL 2020, had informed the franchise that he would not be available for this year’s tournament. Steyn had said that he is taking some time off during that period and clarified that he is not retiring as of now.
Cricket tweet 🏏
Just a short message to let everyone know that I’ve made myself unavailable for RCB at this years IPL, I’m also not planning on playing for another team, just taking some time off during that period.
Thank you to RCB for understanding.
No I’m not retired. 🤙
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) January 2, 2021
Dale Steyn in leagues across the world
Veteran cricketer Dale Steyn whose statement comes after playing across three-renowned leagues in the world. Steyn represented Kandy Tuskers in the inaugural edition of Lanka Premier League last year. He is currently part of the PSL team Quetta Gladiators in its sixth edition. The pacer just managed to play three matches in IPL 2020, where he picked a wicket and scored a run.
4 overs, 2 for 44 in PSL 2021 so far
Steyn is featuring for the Quetta Gladiators in his maiden season at the PSL. He has played in just one match as of now and picked two wickets. He has registered figures of 2/44 in his four over spell. It has been an average outing for the veteran till now. He hit back at commentator Simon Doull for the former New Zealand pacer’s “mid-life crisis” comment while explaining hairdo. A commentator’s job is to speak on the player’s performance and not on the individual choices he makes, the 37-year-old stated.