No point focusing on Sachin: Steyn

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Published: Wednesday, January 5, 2011, 17:27 [IST]
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No point focusing on Sachin: Steyn

He has been the most penetrative bowler during India's ongoing tour of South Africa. Indeed, ace pacer Dale Steyn has picked up 20 wickets and counting in the Test series at a staggering average of 16.20. But he is evidently wary of bowling to Indian batting powerhouse Sachin Tendulkar and feels that the attack is better off focusing on bringing down the rest of the line-up instead.

"Sachin's a very good player. There's no point wasting energy bowling at him. You focus on the other guys. But if you bowl a good ball to him or a No. 11 it remains a good ball," the fearsome spearhead of the Proteas attack complimented the maestro for his masterful 146 which provided India a slender first innings lead.

Steyn has even taken Tendulkar's wicket once in each of the two completed Tests. But he figures the Little Master is presently in his element, has warmed well to conditions and is virtually impregnable. Steyn however is satisfied with his own overall performance in the series and especially delighted with the pace and swing he's been getting.

"It does shape nicely. It's always nice to get wickets. It was even more fulfilling because Kallis wasn't there to bowl for us. To bowl 30 overs in the heat was quite tough. The job's only halfway done," said the bowler who had figures of five for 75 to show for his efforts.

Although South African bowlers were unlucky not to have got wickets even after bowling good deliveries, Steyn feels there is no point in wasting time thinking over it.

"You just have to pick yourself up. There's no point crying about not picking up wickets. That's Test cricket for you. Just the other day, I played in Abu Dhabi and Dubai and didn't pick up any wickets. If you play long enough, bowl in the right areas, wickets will come," he added.

India might hold a slight edge over South Africa at the completion of Day 4, but Steyn refused to predict what will be a winning score on this track.

"We haven't really thought about it. It seems like the new ball seems to do a little bit. If batsmen can survive the new ball, then the ball gets a bit softer and the bowlers really have to struggle to get wickets."


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