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Have been a big fan of Ishant for a long time, says Dale Steyn

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Speaking to bcci.tv, Steyn said: "I have been a big fan of Ishant (Sharma) for a very long time. Played with him at the Sunrisers, saw what he was capable of doing back then. I always felt that he was very unlucky because India played at one point they played a lot of Test matches at home in a row and those wickets are not assisting towards fast bowlers.

"As a fast bowler, you are kind of in and out of the side, and your team is regularly relying on spinners".

"And yet he has maintained focus and fitness to be able to come on a tour like this, when the fast bowlers are really needed, and stood up. I am very happy that he has achieved the things he has done and played County as well to prepare him for this summer".

"Some of the Indian quicks coming through are Bumrah - you speak to any international batter and he'll tell you he's difficult to face. Strange action, runs in and generates a lot of pace. And he's got incredible skill - we saw him get Keaton Jennings dismissal (in the fourth Test), couple of balls away and without playing a shot, one that nipped back in."



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