Dale Steyn, who was believed to be the best bowler in the world in all formats of the game not so long back, is not getting a place in the XI of the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the moment.
It’s Trent Boult whom the Sunrisers management currently prefers over Steyn for taking the new ball.
Boult being a left armer might be a reason, but, that is not the sole reason.
Actually, Steyn’s dip in form over the last one year especially in shorter formats is evident. He does not bowl yorkers and has lost his ability to swing the ball consistently as well.
As far as the change in pace is concerned, he has never been a master at that and that pushes him behind Boult who is not only much younger than him, but, also has been in better form.
In the World Cup 2015, Boult was one of the top 3 bowlers in terms of getting the wickets.
Also, he has the gift of natural angle which he creates bowling left arm over.
Sunrisers can play Steyn and Boult together if they want, but, for that, they will have to sacrifice an overseas batsman.
David Warner can’t go out as he is the captain. So, it has to be one out of Bopara or Morgan.
But, for that, Steyn will have to show the coach Tom Moody in the nets that he is in good enough form to be considered for selection.
Steyn has a good record for the Orange shirts, but, last year, he had taken some pounding at the hands of MS Dhoni, Yusuf Pathan and AB De Villiers.
On green pitches, Steyn is still a very handy bowler, but, in India, most of the pitches are not of that nature.