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Steyn trains his gun on India

The big problem for Steyn could be the weather, and even with decent acclimatisation in Bangladesh, it may be hard to bowl long spells, reports Anand Vasu.

cricket Updated: Mar 24, 2008 23:13 IST
Anand Vasu

When you possess raw pace of the kind Dale Steyn has, the kind of pitch you have to bowl on tends to matter less and less. He's now picked up Man of the Series thrice on the trot, against West Indies, New Zealand and Bangladesh. Now he turns his speed gun on India, but it won't be quite as easy. "Once you find the recipe for success it's best to stick to it. So I won't be changing much," he said. "It's worked so far so hopefully I can take that form into this Test match and the whole tour."

But the big problem for Steyn could be the weather, and even with decent acclimatisation in Bangladesh, it may be hard to bowl long spells. "We have a job to do. Depending on the day, you could possibly get in 8-10 overs in a spell," he said. "But we'll be looking to keep it short and sharp and keep the bowlers fresh."

Steyn also said he felt no pressure at having to lead the attack. "That's been the beautiful thing about the season so far. Graeme [Smith] has never put me under any pressure. I've been given the ball to do a job and I've been fortunate enough to be able to do it. We've got Morne [Morkel], Makhaya [Ntini]… others who can take five-fors and bowl teams out and I get the freedom to run in and take wickets," he said. "I've been given the freedom in this series too, to run in and bowl sharp, short spells and hopefully I can carry my form into this series. But if not there are others who can do the job."

Steyn also felt it was more important to focus on his strengths and not worry too much about how good the Indian batting line-up was. "We will do our video analysis and find the flaws and weaknesses in their batting and bowl accordingly," he said. "I'm not going to look at how good their batsmen are or at a particular batsman, I'm going to bowl to their weaknesses.

Steyn said he'd be picking the brains of the batsmen in his team to find out how best to bowl in these conditions. "There's Graeme and we've got Boucher behind the stumps who has kept to some of the best bowlers in different conditions. We all talk in the nets. The best people to speak to are probably the batsmen because they can tell you what the most difficult thing to face is," he said. "I'm privileged to have these experienced guys standing at slips or behind the wicket to me and they're shouting something to me in Afrikaans every ball.