Playing three spinners paid off for New Zealand: Steyn hints South Africa may follow suit in World T20

Mumbai: A fit again South African pacer Dale Steyn today said that New Zealand's decision to play three spinners against India in the World Twenty 20 opener paid off as the Kiwis posted a comfortable 47-run win over the hosts.

Chasing a mere 127 runs for victory, favourites India were bundled out for 79 in 18.1 overs on a turning track at Nagpur last night with the Kiwi spinners sharing as many as nine wickets among them.

Playing three spinners paid off for New Zealand: Steyn hints South Africa may follow suit in World T20

Dale Steyn. AFP

"I guess New Zealand thinking was correct. Playing with three spinners paid off. We would probably go with spin, I don't know. But as a seamer I have to back myself. Bowl fast cutters. It is really difficult to hit out when the ball is coming at 140-145, its gripping and stopping," Steyn told reporters on the sidelines of his team's practice session at the Brabourne stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday.

Steyn, who had suffered a shoulder injury, said he was now fully fit and things were coming up nicely.

"I am fit and fine. Wasn't a lot of injuries, just two injuries. The first one was a groin, just probably a week-10 days, but I made a rush, trying to get into the Test match (against India) in Bangalore, which put me back another four weeks, which put me out of the series.

"I had a really bad shoulder and unfortunately I could not come out too quickly from that. When you have a broken shoulder, you have to set it for 8-10 weeks. It is not that I was injured the entire time, I had a really bad shoulder. Now I am feeling strong, fine. It's nice to be back in India.

Played a couple of games against Australia, two warm up games.

Its coming up nicely," Steyn said.

"Our management is good with me, I have never really (being) pushed to do anything more than what my body requires.

I have played a handful of ODIs. Just over 110, whereas someone like Brett Lee played close to 300 ODIs at this stage of his career. I have been handled well, managed well, I also made good decisions, sometimes it is against me, pulling out of tournaments, series. I have been bowling with same speed all my career. I am still landing the bowl at same place, I guess it is working," he added.

32-year-old pacer said age was just a number and cited the example of Mumbai spinner Praveen Tambe, now 45.

Steyn, who plays all the three formats for the Proteas, said playing the shortest form can be quite "mentally hard".

"The T20 can be mentally hard. Being a bowler, you have only four overs. If you got an edge it can go for a four, that's not your fault, whereas in a Test match you have five days to make up for it," Steyn said.

South Africa have never won an ICC tournament and when asked about it, he quipped, "That doesn't give us any pressure.

"We have obviously been a powerhouse team for a long time and it is disappointing to fans all over the world that we have not won one. So we would like to win one. We are well prepared as possibly as we can, we have some of the best players in the world.

"T20 is a strange game, anybody in the top seven teams can win...we respect the other guys. We have seen it happen so many times in the past. Netherlands beating England in the past, they almost beat us in the last World Cup. This is a format where anybody can win it," he said.



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Updated Date: Mar 16, 2016 20:31:34 IST