South Africa quick bowler Dale Steyn has introduced that he is not going to be taking part in within the 2021 edition of the IPL, by means of a tweet that mentioned he was making himself “unavailable” for his present franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore this year.
Steyn indicated that he was taking a while off throughout that interval, and in a follow-up, the tweet said that he would proceed to play in other leagues, “properly spaced out” to permit him to pursue different things. On the finish of both tweets, the 37-year-old stated he was not retiring.
Steyn is presently in his second prolonged spell with the Royal Challengers, the franchise with whom he had begun his IPL profession in 2008. Having been available in as a damage substitute for Nathan Coulter-Nile halfway by means of the 2019 version, Steyn was then picked again within the auction ahead of the 2020 season. He performed three matches for the Royal Challengers within the delayed IPL season and took one wicket.
That public sale occurred just a few months after Steyn had retired from Test cricket, in August 2019. In 2020, having missed out on a central contract with South Africa, Steyn was picked of their T20I group and made it clear he can be looking to play in the T20 World Cup that year. This was shortly earlier than the Covid-19 pandemic struck and the World Cup was known as off.
I can be taking part in in different leagues, properly spaced out to provide myself a chance to do one thing‘s I have been enthusiastic about in addition to proceed to play the sport I really like a lot.
NO, I am NOT retired.
This is to an important 2021
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) January 2, 2021
Steyn’s insistence that he will not be retiring may recommend that he may now be concentrating on the 2021 version of the identical event.
“So long as that drive is there to nonetheless play on the highest stage, and get batters out and fox them and outsmart them and all that form of stuff, if I can do this, I’m going to proceed to do this. After which as soon as I am unable to do this anymore, effectively as soon as I determine that I do not need to do it anymore, then I will be finished,” Steyn had stated in February final 12 months.