The Master’s verdict: Sachin Tendulkar proclaims Steyn as one of the best he’s ever faced

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Sachin Tendulkar only had words of praise for Dale Steyn after the pacer announced his retirement from the longest format of the game. 

Having faced a range of great fast bowlers over the course of his 24-year-long career, Sachin Tendulkar claimed that the departing Dale Steyn is among the best bowlers he’s ever faced.

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Tendulkar talked about the Proteas’ pacer during his talk with TOI recently. The Master Blaster stated that his trademark outswinger was the deadliest weapon in his arsenal. He said:

“I have to say that without any doubt, he’s amongst the top bowlers that I played in my 24-year career, I thought that something which was incredible, but he managed to do consistently was that late outswinger (that he possessed) and that angle that he developed.”

Tendulkar compared Steyn to England’s James Anderson with both of them possessing a similar wrist action. He also proceeded to reminisce his stint in Cape Town where he battled it out against Steyn. He added:

“The only other guy who bowled very much like him was possibly James Anderson,” Tendulkar added. “Their wrist positions were similar. But Steyn had a more whippy action. He could go through the crease much faster.”

“The swing that he consistently got at that pace was incredible. When he was at his peak, he was bowling close to 150kmph, so it wasn’t that easy to handle. That’s where he had mastered that art. When he wanted to be really quick, he could do so.”

“I remember the spell that he bowled to me on the morning of the third Test in Cape Town (Sachin scored 146, and Gautam Gambhir 93 in the first innings of that Test, in January 2011). Gautam played Morne Morkel, and I played Steyn.”

“For close to an hour, we couldn’t rotate the strike at all. Whatever runs we scored, we scored in boundaries! That one hour, I can say, is one of the most thrilling, interesting and challenging hours that I’ve played in Test cricket! That was a decisive moment.”

“I enjoyed my battles with him and congratulate him on a wonderful career,”

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