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Dale Steyn Got Mercilessly Roasted For Saying Playing In PSL & LPL Is More Rewarding Than IPL

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Dale Steyn Got Mercilessly Roasted For Saying Playing In PSL & LPL Is More Rewarding Than IPL

Dale Steyn, the South African pacer, has been making headlines for past some time now but this time, he invited wrath of the Indian cricket fans by calling PSL and other leagues more rewarding than IPL as a player. Earlier Dale Steyn announced his decision to opt out from IPL 2021 but he maintained that he would be playing in the other leagues.

He was a part of IPL for a decade and during this tenure, he played for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Deccan Chargers, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Gujarat Lions. In IPL 2020, Dale Steyn was a part of RCB and he managed to take only one wicket in the three matches that he played for his team. If we talk about his IPL career, the pacer has taken 97 wickets in the 95 IPL matches.

Dale Steyn is presently in Pakistan and playing for Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League. Recently he made headlines when he slammed the commentator Simon Doull who said that Dale Steyn is going through a mid-life crisis.

Now during an interview, Dale Steyn states that he feels playing in PSL and other leagues is more rewarding as a player in comparison to playing in IPL because in IPL, there are so many big squads and big names that all the emphasis is on the money involved in the league rather than on the game of cricket. He further adds that when a cricketer plays in PSL or Sri Lankan Premier League, the importance is given to cricket. Dale Steyn goes on to say that he has been in Pakistan for a couple of days only but many people have come and asked him about the cricket that he has played but in IPL, people are more interested in talking about the price at which a cricketer is bought.

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This remark didn’t go well with the Indian cricket fans and they trolled Dale Steyn mercilessly. Some people are of the opinion that he is making such statements because he is out of form, close to retirement and would have even gone unsold in IPL 2021 auctions whereas few others feel that everybody has the right to give their views but he should have said this 3-4 years ago when he was performing well in IPL.

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The Indian cricketer Ajinkya Rahane was also asked to comment on the statement made by Dale Steyn when he was attending a virtual press conference. However, the vice-captain of the Indian test team refused to comment of Dale Steyn’s statement as he is not sure of what he said. Ajinkya Rahane says that he is there to talk about the fourth test match and not about IPL or PSL but he does state it very clearly that IPL has given him and many Indian players a platform to express themselves.

Rahane tells that Umesh Yadav who will replace Shardul Thakur is all set to play and is bowling pretty well on the nets. Talking about the fourth test match, Jinx says that the Indian team will play for winning the match and not for drawing despite the fact that they will make in the finals of the ICC World Test Championship 2019-21 even if the match is drawn as they are not thinking about something which will take place in June.

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