I have done fairly well in the Twenty20 format - Dale Steyn

Dale Steyn played just two games for South Africa in the World T20 and picked one-wicket at an economy of 11.33.
Dale Steyn played just two games for South Africa in the World T20 and picked one-wicket at an economy of 11.33.
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South African pace spearhead Dale Steyn has defended his performances in the shortest format of the game and said that he has done well to keep a good economy rate.

Steyn, who has 406 wickets from 82 Test matches and 175 scalps from 112 One-Day Internationals, has also managed to take 58 wickets from 42 Twenty20 Internationals.

Compared to his exploits in the Test arena, Steyn has been unable to replicate the same level of consistency in the shortest format.

However, the 32-year-old reasoned that his economy rate of under seven is a good statistic to have given the volatile nature of T20 cricket.

“If you look at the stats, my stats would tell you that I have done fairly well,” he told Cricbuzz.

“With an economy rate of under seven runs an over, 6.67 in IPL and international T20s, too.

“So, even if I am going for a boundary in every over overall the idea is to go for not more than six runs an over, which I have more or less maintained throughout my career.

“I think that is pretty reasonable for a game where teams can very easily go for 19 or 20 runs an over.”

In the Indian Premier League (IPL), Steyn has 92 wickets from 89 matches at an average of 24.88 with an economy of 6.71.

However, ever since the advent of the T20 format, average totals have been on the rise with 300 plus scores no longer considered safe in the ODI format.

Steyn reasoned that scoring runs and big boundaries has been becoming increasingly easy for the batsmen in the modern era, which makes a bowler’s job tougher.

“The game is definitely changing, it is easy to score runs now and you got to understand that,” he said.

“People need to start understanding that it is not the nineties where (a) bowler can run in and go for three runs an over.

“Honestly, on an average, bowlers can easily go for 12 to 15 runs an over in this format.

“Boys in the past would think that ‘if I can hit two or three or four sixes in the season that would be amazing’ but now they are hitting two (or) three a game.

“So people need to understand that it is possible.

“But if we look at the overall picture, at the average and at the economy rate, I think I am doing okay.”

Steyn is currently a part of the Gujarat Lions franchise in the IPL for the ongoing season and if selected, his first game will be against the Kings XI Punjab in Mohali on 11thApril.

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