Dale Steyn not even thinking of retiring from any format: South Africa T20I skipper du Plessis

Dale Steyn not even thinking of retiring from any format: South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis

Dale Steyn is "not even thinking of retiring out of any format" confirmed South Africa T20I skipper Faf du Plessis in a recent media briefing.

Steyn, who took only one wicket in the ICC World T20 with an average of 68 and an economy of over 11, has recorded a decline in limited-overs internationals in the last couple of years, leading to speculations of him hanging up his boots in white-ball cricket.

File photo of Dale Steyn. AFP

File photo of Dale Steyn. AFP

However, a report on Cricbuzz maintained that Steyn still had the hunger for the game, and that he still wanted to play cricket, dismissing the talk of him retiring for the time being.

"On the future of Dale (Steyn), I am not the guy to ask. I think you have to ask Dale that question. He looks hungry still. He still wants to play cricket. I don't think he's even thinking of retiring out of any format", du Plessis was quoted as saying by the Cricbuzz report.

Steyn, who currently has 406 Test wickets to his credit, has had a long list of injuries in recent times which ensured that he remained out of the Proteas side for the most part.

His appearance in the first T20I against Australia on home soil in February earlier this year was his first in 20-over internationals since April 2014. Despite being the most experienced pacer in the side, Steyn had problems getting back his old rhythm.

"The hard thing for Dale was the fact that he was out of the team for so long. When you're out of the team for so long, you give guys opportunity to stake their claim," du Plessis said.

"Kagiso (Rabada) has grabbed it with both hands. He's won a lot of games for us and because he's done that, it's hard as a captain to overlook a guy who has used the opportunities to win you games of cricket," du Plessis added.

Summing up South Africa's dismal show in World T20, captain Faf du Plessis said small mistakes like conceding loads of extras in the games against England and the West Indies made a big impact and led to his team's early exit from the mega-event.

The Proteas, one of the strong contenders, conceded 26 extras against England including 20 wides while defending 229 for four, and eventually lost. Against the Caribbeans, they could not defend 122, losing the match in the last over having conceded 10 extras, including eight wides.

With inputs from agencies

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