Have to look like 'nasty ugly person', says Steyn

Published: Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 13:05 [IST]
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'Have to look like nasty ugly person'

Mumbai, May 15: Dale Steyn does not want to be the good guy on the field while bowling. He wants to be aggressive and the one who looks like "a nasty ugly person."

The South African said aggression is part and parcel of a fast bowler's character.

"I love the theatre of cricket. When I was growing up watching someone like Shane Warne bowl was one of the most entertaining things. If he bowled a bad ball and the batsman hit it for four he would react as if he had planned it.

"As a fast bowler I have got a role. I have got to be menacing, aggressive and have to be pretty much your worst enemy. Because nobody wants to play against teddy bear, let's be honest about that. That makes it too easy. People watching the game want to see this, the same way you want a guy to hit a six. Nobody wants to see someone block a ball, that is too boring. My job is to look like a nasty ugly person," said Steyn, who is playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the ongoing IPL.

Steyn said his forte is his speed. "I don't think I get that much bounce. Morne Morkel gets a lot of bounce. Morne's bouncer will go flying over the batsman's head. I am not really tall. Because I am short and I am skiddy, the batsmen don't know whether to pull it or to duck so they are caught in two minds.

"With my height, I don't necessarily get that much bounce, but I kind of rush batsmen a lot more. I hit the crease, almost like a (Lasith) Malinga, so it kind of rushes in faster. I wasn't blessed with the height but I have used what I have got to my advantages," he said.

Steyn said it is difficult to bowl on the sub-continent wickets. "If I have a choice I would love to bowl in a wicket that is green everyday but that is not going to happen. You have got to bowl in some of the worst conditions in the world to appreciate good wicket.

"If you can bowl in the most difficult pitches in the world which is generally the sub-continent nations India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka...they are very difficult to bowl on. They are flat and there is no movement off the deck," he said.

"When you get to South Africa or Australia there is a bit more lateral movement off the pitch and you tend to get rewarded with wickets," he said.


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