Former South Africa pacer Allan Donald is in awe of Dale Steyn and says had he bowled alongside the current world number one pace merchant from his country, the two would have formed a most lethal attack.
Donald is presently employed as coach with IPL franchise Pune Warriors.
“If I were to bowl with Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, we would have formed the most prolific attack,” Donald said.
“Working with them is unbelievably special. They are, at the moment, and hopefully for a long time to come, will remain the best fast bowling pair in the world.”
Donald said Steyn deserves to be the world’s best fast bowler. “I’ve always been a massive Dale Steyn fan. Dale, for me, is like a racehorse. He’s gracious and has the most fluent, uncomplicated and clean action. Not for nothing he is the world’s best fast bowler.
“I just love what he brings to the game and I love what he does for South Africa,” he said.
The ‘White Lightning’ was full of praise for his Pune Warriors ward Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
“I saw this last year when I was the bowling coach of the team that Bhuvneshwar Kumar is not someone who’s going to bowl at 150kmph. Where he’s very smart is that he has sorted his game out and he swings the ball both ways.
“Sometimes, he gets a bit too floaty. But he is learning how to make adjustments with his lengths and keep varying it. I read somewhere that maybe it’s time to leave him out for a while and give someone else a chance. But when you’ve got so much skill and talent, you don’t sit out. It’s just the matter of us giving them a bit of backing and faith.”
According to Donald, cricket is all about attitude. “For me, cricket is all about attitude. On the morning of the CSK match, I had a little session with them (Bhuvneshwar and Ashoke Dinda), we had a chat and the way they responded was fantastic.”