8 April 2008

Dale Steyn - a meteoric rise

I knew that Steyn had been taking lots of wickets for South Africa, not least in last week's superb win over India, but I didn't realise just how well he had been playing. Proof of his sustained form has come in the latest ICC rankings, which place him as joint 1st with Muralitharan.

As an England supporter it will be great to see Steyn over here in the summer - traditionally England seem to have played fast bowling relatively well so fingers crossed that continues!


Anonymous said...

Yes, but do rankings really tell the story? Personally, I think they are a load of tosh. Take the following example.

According to the current list of Test batting rankings, Tendulkar's career best points in the rankings was 898 (Dravid just behind on 892). However, the following current players all have career best tallies better than that: Hussey, Kallis, Ponting, Sangakkara, Yousuf, Hayden and Pietersen.

Now, I don't know about anyone else, but I reckon Tendulkar at the peak of his powers was a good deal better than most of the names above at the peak of theirs.

So, is Dale Steyn that good? We'll see once he's played a few more than 22 Tests, and I am certainly looking forward to seeing him operate this summer. Given Pieterson's past performances against his "mates", the Mound Stand could be a dangerous place to sit this summer.

As for Kyle Mills being the fifth best ODI bowler in the world..........

Ed said...

Yes, I don't disagree with you. The rankings seem to throw up a few statistical anomalies - I've been meaning to look into the way they are worked out for a while now but never got round to it.

I did see that Charles Colville criticised them for being overly complicated and not understandable for the average supporter....

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