If you’re not going to the World Cup expecting to win, then don’t go: Steyn
South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn is gearing up for the upcoming World Cup in England with the intention of nothing else, but winning the tournament.
It is hard to believe for the cricket world that South Africa is yet to win a World Cup and they gear up once again to achieve their awaited dream. They will be playing against Bangladesh in their opening game on June 2.
Meanwhile, fast bowler Dale Steyn stated that rankings doesn’t matter and believes any team can win the World Cup.
“I think you really need to take rankings and throw it out of the window. Rankings these days don’t mean anything. I don’t even know what ranking West Indies have, and they just beat England. Australia were losing, and then they’ve started winning again.”
“I think every team going to the World Cup has a massive chance. England are playing in England, and they’re playing some good white-ball cricket. You just need to go there, figure out which teams are best adapting to the conditions and then the team that hits the ground running first has the best chances,” he said.
Speaking about his team’s chances, the lethal fast bowler said –
“I don’t think South Africa have lost an ODI series in one and a half years but no one gives us a chance and then somebody does,” he said, speaking of his team’s recent high success rate in ODIs. (South Africa have lost 2 out of 13 series in this period).
“If you’re not going to the World Cup expecting to win, then you probably shouldn’t go. But I’m not going to lie, we have some fantastic players,” Steyn concluded.
Steyn is currently in India to play for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He came in as a replacement of injured Nathan Coulter-Nile.