Steyn, who is currently playing for the Quetta Gladiators in the ongoing PSL, feels sometimes emphasis may be placed on the amount a player is bought for in the IPL and as a result, cricket ends up taking a backseat.
“I wanted some time off. I found that playing in these other leagues was slightly more rewarding as a player. I think when you go to IPL, there are such big squads and so many big names and so much emphasis on maybe the amount of money players earn and everything like that, so sometimes, somewhere down the line, cricket gets forgotten,” Steyn told Cricket Pakistan.
Last year, the Proteas pace sensation had said that he would not be playing in the upcoming IPL 2021 as he wanted some time off and as a result, Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) released him from their squad. Steyn had played three matches in the IPL 2020 for RCB and he returned with just one wicket.
Some angry IPL fans on hearing Steyn’s comments took to social media to respond to the South African pacer.
Dale Steyn in IPL since 2015 –
Definitely it has been less rewarding for him.. he definitely forgot Cricket in IPL to some extent..
— Siddharth Dwivedi (@siddharth0219) March 2, 2021
Dale Steyn’s total earning:
From IPL – 47 Crore
From PSL – 36 Lakhs
2016 : warmed benches whole season except 1 game
2017 : Not played
2020:UNSOLD in 1st Round. RCB showed mercy in 2nd
2021 opted out in fear of going unsold
Mid life crisis
— Harsha Royal (@HrshaRoyal) March 2, 2021
If dale Steyn has played 1 season, opted out of IPL and given ‘that’ statement I would have been completely OK with it. This dude played 12 seasons..earned 47 crores from IPL and is now saying it all about money!!!#DaleSteyn #Cricket #PSL#PSL6
— Politically Apolitical! (@notpolitical12) March 2, 2021
Dale Steyn in IPL since 2015:-
— 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳 Muzammil 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳 (@Muz_7Dec2000) March 2, 2021
Cearly a case of sour grapes for Steyn. After his third-class bowling in the first two matches of the last edition of the IPL, he wasn’t given any further chance, and therefore he is making such statements.#DaleSteyn
— ⚡ (@dudescricket) March 2, 2021
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