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Throw rankings out of the window, it won’t do anything in WC: Dale Styen


Ace South African pacer Dale Steyn stated ranking will be of little significance in the forthcoming ICC mega event.

Throw rankings out of the window, it won't do anything in WC Dale Styen

India and England are rated as favorites to win the world title being as top ranked teams, but Steyn said every team has a ‘massive’ chance in the World Cup.

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“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,” the Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer said at the Eden Gardens.

“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,”

he said denying naming any favorites whatsoever.

Dale Steyn, who is most probably going to play in his last world cup reckoned adapting to the condition would be the key to success.

“You just need to go there, figure out which teams are best adapting the conditions and then the team that hits the ground running first has the best chances” he added.

Talking about the chances of South Africa, Dale Steyn said, “I don’t think South Africa have lost an ODI series in two and a half years but no one gives us a chance and then somebody does,” he said as they’ve won 11 of their last 13 ODI series.

“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,” he said.

Mentioning the superb form of Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir and Quinton de Kock, Dale Steyn said,

“We’re led by Faf, whose been in fantastic form lately. And in the IPL, Imran Tahir has been right up there in terms of wickets. From Quinton de Kock all the way down to No. 11, they’re all match-winners. We just need to go there and hope a bit of luck – weather, a missed no-ball – goes your way, and you could win the tournament.

South Africa face England in the opener on May 30 at The Oval.

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