South African bowling legend Dale Steyn inadvertently kicked up a social media storm after he said that he found playing in leagues like Pakistan Super League ‘more rewarding’ as a player compared to the Indian Premier League. Steyn explained that there was too much “focus” on money in the IPL and ‘cricket gets forgotten’, while the game remained the central focus in other leagues. Speaking to Cricket Pakistan, Steyn explained his decision to stay away from IPL 2021:
“I wanted some time off. I found that playing in these other leagues was slightly more rewarding as a player. I think when you go to IPL, there are such big squads and so many big names and so much emphasis on maybe the amount of money players earn and everything like that, so sometimes, somewhere down the line, cricket gets forgotten,” said Steyn.
Steyn’s opinion, however, divided fans online. While some backed the pacer for being brutally honest about IPL, many others were left furious by his statement that caused an uproar on the internet.
Fans from the neighbouring country Pakistan (including Indians), on the other hand, found the perfect opportunity to take digs at IPL while praising the South African cricketer.
Meanwhile, ahead of the fourth Test between India and England in Ahmedabad, Ajinkya Rahane was asked his views on Dale Steyn’s comments that the Pakistan Super League was more rewarding as a player than the Indian Premier League.
Here’s how Rahane responded:
“IPL gave the platform to express ourselves, to a lot of Indians and overseas players. I don’t know what Dale Steyn said, but we’re here to talk about the Test match,” said Ajinkya Rahane.