Cape Town – One of the most encouraging aspects of South Africa’s short tour was the return to the form of Dale Steyn .
Having suffered a horrible period of almost two years of injury from battles that began with a fractured shoulder in Australia in November 2016, Steyn is now back in his best destructive moment and recorded speeds of up to 150 kph this month.
Steyn finished the series as the best joint carrier in South Africa, claiming 7 scalp with only 13.42 and 3.48 for more.
All that at 35 years of age.
After more than a year after that horrible shoulder injury, Steyn was injured again in his first test against India at Newlands in 2017 with an abnormal heel injury.
Throughout all of that, there were moments when he felt that it might be the end of the road.
The signals in Australia, however, were promising and Steyn was thrown directly into the mix of the World Cup, where coach Ottis Gibson seems more prone to bowling.
And, with the Proteas that will host Pakistan this summer, Steyn will also be backing to go beyond Shaun Pollock as South Africa’s best land bearer in the test cricket.
He needs just one more window to do that, and when he does, it will end with one of the best reappearances that the South African cricket has ever seen.
“Not too long ago I did not think I would be playing cricket again,” Steyn said Thursday at the launch of the Mzansi Super League in Cape Town.
“When I broke my shoulder, I had this real impulse to go back, but it took me a long time.” It took me a solid six months before I could play again and I kept joking with my physiotherapist saying it was like the U9 beat. .. I was able to move my arm but there was no momentum.
“I knew that once I started playing again it would be like riding a bicycle. I’ve done it for so long and I’ve been blessed with a very natural action and things are pretty easy. “
The difficulty, of course, was the rehabilitation off the field and the frustrations that arose from not being able to do what loves.
“It takes a little mental strength to play watching the guys play and not be able to participate, but in the end I think it worked very well,” Steyn added.
“I took it every day as a blessing.
“The idea was that if I could play one more game, it would be amazing and, in fact, I split it up to throw one more ball, one more and take one more window”.  If breaking the Test record is not the best way for Steyn to finish his career, then being part of a winning team in the World Cup certainly would be.
With Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir and perhaps even Vernon Philander in contention, South Africa is on track to launch one of the tournament’s most dangerous bowling alignments.
“The World Cup is still a long way away, I think right now my biggest influence on the World Cup team is to come and really push the buttons where I can,” Steyn said.
“I know when I play well, you’ll see that others also start playing well, you’ll see that KG is doing even better because there’s good competition and rivalry within the team.”
“That’s my job right now. When that side is selected, whenever it does, that is someone else’s job and we’ll worry about that when the time comes.
“At the moment I just want to play the next game available to me, which is Sunday.”
Steyn will not play for the Cape Town Blitz in Friday’s first MSL game against the Tshwane Spartans in Newlands, but he is likely to appear in Sunday’s game against the Durban Heat in Kingsmead.