Proteas, along with their legacy:
South Africa, firmly reckoned as Proteas in international spectrum does always carry the legacy of producing the best bowling unit to the World of Cricket. Getting back to the era where bowlers like Allan Donald, Neil Adcock, Peter Pollock and Fanie de Villiers had successfully pursued the mentioned legacy of inflicting terror to the world class batsmen around the world. Later on, following the same trend, a new generation of Proteas attack did scratch the world Cricket’s surface which incorporates the names of few biggies like Shaun Pollock and Makhaya Ntini. These two had introduced a new dawn of bowling sensation for Proteas perspectives. Hence succeeding the sensation spread by the previous legends the current generation of bowling onslaught including Kagiso Rabada, Dwaine Pretorius, and Andile Phehlukwayo has been right in their endeavor to perpetuate the left legacy of Proteas. In the recent clique of bowlers, there are two names who established the sturdy shell of bowling unit for Proteas, Morne Morkel, and Dale Steyn. Although Steyn has not played cricket since November last year when he injured his shoulder against Australia in Perth. But Recently former Proteas all-rounder Shaun Pollock reckons Dale Steyn deserves to overtake him as the highest wicket-taking South African bowler in Test cricket. It is a great honor indeed achieved by Steyn just prior to his advent in the National cricket team.
Shawn Pollock’s take:
As it has already been in talks and confirmed that the star fast bowler was pretty much close to his return to cricket following his confirmation towards moving from the Cape Cobras to the Titans. Legendary bowler Pollock himself sounded quite confident in his own proclamation in this regard. He believes Steyn does need cricket to gain back not only belief in himself but in the Proteas selectors and fans.
“He needs his cricket to show us where he is at. I saw on Twitter he had a video of him in the nets – I mean he is operating probably there at 60% or 70%. I think he just needs cricket for his own confidence and how the injury has come on and most importantly to show the selectors and the South African public what he is still capable of. It will be wonderful if he is still back to his best. He is a class player to watch and wish him well.” Pollock added.
Why Steyn for Pollock?
While his return has been beckoning around the Proteas dug out, Steyn is being remembered for being four Test wickets away from reaching the 421 mark which would tie him with Pollock as the all-time leading South African wicket-taker in Test cricket. Pollock, who played 108 Tests for the Proteas until his retirement in 2008, believes that not only will Steyn surpass his record, but he is also the best bowler the country has ever produced post-isolation. Hence all eyes are endorsed into Steyn’s advent in World cricket and resuming the onslaught from where he left previously.
“He deserves it (the record), he really does. He has been the best fast bowler we have ever produced since readmission for me. The way he has gone about things and the way he has performed in all conditions – he has just been brilliant. So there’s no doubt he deserves to get it and I hope it comes soon.” exclaimed Pollock.