South African speedster Dale Steyn broke down after KKR bowler called him as idol. Dale Steyn has played in almost every part of the world and known for his sheer pace. However, the pacer was left with tears, when a fellow pacer called him as idol.
It is alway special to be someone’s idol especially in sports. One such moment took place in the ‘T20 Timeout’ Show that was hosted by ESPNCricinfo. The show is being hosted by cricket experts Dale Steyn and Akash Chopra.
In this show, Dale Steyn was seen shedding tears after Kolkata Knight Rider’s bowler Shivam Mavi called him as idol.
The Indian pacer has done well for the Indian U-19 side in the past. He is also capable of bowling good pace and also has wicket taking skills.
The Indian pacer opened up about how he used to admire Steyn during his childhood days. The 22-year-old bowler has been following other Indian Pacers likes of Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, but Steyn has always been his idol.
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Dale Steyn gets emotional after listening to Mavi
The speedster brokedown after listening to Mavi’s words in the show. “Ever since I began playing the sport, I used to follow Dale Steyn very closely. When I started bowling, I used to be able to bowl outswingers and I used to follow Dale Steyn while trying to learn how to bowl. I follow the tactics of some other bowlers too, such as Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar, but my idol has always been Dale Steyn,” said Mavi during the show.
The veteran bowler was left with tears after hearing such words from a youngster. Steyn said that he never expected that he would go on to have an impact on people living in different parts of the world.
He also added that, Shivam Mavi could represent his national side soon if he continues to perform the same way.
Steyn also mentioned about his love to play in Indian conditions. The pacer recently featured in Pakistan Super League, which got suspended due to increasing COVID-19 cases in the country. The tournament I expected to re-start by June of this year.
“It’s pretty amazing. Almost like he brings a tear to my eyes to be honest with you, I am not going to lie. I never expected to play this game and have an impact on people that live at opposite ends of the world. I still play, which is still great, I still love playing.”
“But, that’s amazing. I hope that he (Mavi) can push on and these kinds of performances will get him into teams that he wants to play for, India, and also play a bigger part for Kolkata. I would love to get in touch with him at some point, that would be a dream come true for me too,” concluded Steyn.