Dale Steyn Reveals How He Felt When Babar Azam Smashed Him All Around The Stadium

Talking about Babar Azam's exceptional batting display against him, Dale Steyn admitted that he underestimated him.

Pakistani batsmen have always struggled overseas especially on the bouncy wickets of Australia and South Africa.

However, Babar Azam has proved his class by scoring runs in these difficult conditions. The No.1 T20I batsman went on to score a hundred at Gabba, which is called the fast bowlers’ paradise.

During the Pakistan tour of South Africa in 2018, Babar Azam batted extremely well against the South African pace machine; Dale Steyn. Babar Azam had smashed Steyn for 15 boundaries in the 10 ten overs he bowled to Babar across the two test matches.

Talking about Babar Azam’s exceptional batting display against him, Dale Steyn admitted that he underestimated him.

“I love the fact that Babar came out and played with that aggressive mindset. I know I bowled like five half-volleys in a row to give him that opportunity to get onto that role. I think I probably underestimated his ability,” said Steyn.

“He had a couple of great drives. I thought I would send it wider but he was able to get on top of that as well,” he added.

The 39-year-old acknowledged Babar Azam for using that as the “stepping stone”.

“He has now gone on to make a billion runs since then. He used that as the stepping stone because he had taken on a bowler who in his eyes was one of the best. That is awesome. It is nice that there is a cat and mouse thing with everyone. When we face off next time, it is going to be back to zero. The past won’t matter. It’s really nice that he has gone on to be as good as he is,” Dale Steyn further stated.

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Moreover, talking about getting Inzamamul Haq out in the early days of his career, Steyn said that he couldn’t believe if he really “got someone like Inzamam out.” He also heaped big praise on Shadab Khan’s bowling, batting and his leadership skills.

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  • No doubht that dale stane is excellent agressive bowler but baber batting was excellent againt him in south africa series

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