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Dale Steyn during his playing days for the Proteas. Image: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

WATCH: Proteas great Dale Steyn gets bowling ‘lesson’ in the US

Check out this classic moment as Proteas great Dale Steyn is given a bowling lesson from an American who clearly didn’t know who he was.

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Dale Steyn during his playing days for the Proteas. Image: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Dale Steyn, who is forming part of the TV commentary team at the ongoing T20 World Cup, is undoubtedly one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time – having forged an incredible career that spanned the better part of two decades.

Having now transitioned into a role as a broadcaster, Steyn visited an International Cricket Council pop-up “net” session in New York this week. It turned into a rather comical situation when he was given a tutorial on bowling by a US ‘coach’ who clearly didn’t realise he was a former cricket super star.

“Keep in mind to not bend your elbow,” the blissfully unaware instructor first tells Steyn, who then bowls a couple of balls, with his second attempt hitting the stumps.

Despite this, Steyn is comically told: “It’s supposed to bounce before it hits the wicket.”

You can watch the light-hearted interaction with Dale Steyn, and see his comical reaction below:

A true great of the game

Dale Steyn carved his name in cricketing history as one of the greatest fast bowlers of the modern era.

He rose to prominence soon after reaching the senior stage, taking wickets almost at will with his raw pace, accuracy, and lethal swing. His ability to consistently bowl at speeds exceeding 140 kmph made him a nightmare for batsmen. This, coupled with his ability to reverse swing the ball later in the innings, also made him virtually unplayable at times.

Steyn’s dominance translated into rankings. He held the number one spot in the ICC Test rankings for a record 263 weeks, a testament to his sustained excellence.

He also dismantled batting lineups across formats, taking a staggering 439 wickets in Test cricket at an average of just 22.95. His impact extended to One Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20s (T20s) as well, with over 190 and 60 wickets respectively.

So what does he rate as his all-time favourite wicket?

“The one I’ll always remember is my first Test wicket, Marcus Trescothick,” he told SA Cricket magazine during an interview soon after retiring. “You can’t get it any better. Great batter and it hit the middle stump. Everyone’s like always, middle stump! I prefer to hit off-stump … nipping away to the right-hander, top of off. I got Michael Vaughan out like that. I only wanted to take one wicket for South Africa and that’s why I remember the first one. It’s the one that really matters.”