Afghanistan wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad has said that South African pacer Dale Steyn is 'not dangerous' and that his side would have come even closer to their first win of the Super 10's in the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 had Steyn not been dropped for tactical reasons. Ahmed took the attack to the South African bowlers, hitting 44 off just 19 balls but that was not enough as the Proteas cruised to a 37-run win.
It is not often that batsmen want to face Steyn, but Shahzad likes to play him. Speaking at the post-match press conference, Shahzad said:" It doesn't matter which bowler is playing because the wicket is very good, you see. I love playing Dale Steyn because Dale Steyn is not dangerous," as quoted by ESPNCricinfo.
"Morris is very dangerous because he has height and swings the ball. Dale Steyn only has pace, so this wicket is good to face a pacer, the ball is coming onto the bat. So no, I am not happy that Dale Steyn is not playing."
"I play my own game because I am waiting for the loose delivery. When I find the loose delivery, whether it's the first ball or last ball of the match, a four-day game, test match, I don't care. I just play my own game, like M S Dhoni, you know."
Steyn has endured an injury-plagued season which has seen him miss most of South Africa's games over the past six months. He first injured his groin that curtailed his test tour of India and then picked up a shoulder injury that limited him to just one appearance against England.
Though he returned in the T20 series against Australia, he has struggled for form as seen against England in the ongoing T20 World Cup where he gave away 23 runs in one over.