Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer
Town – The world’s top-ranked
Test fast bowler has assured his fans that he is “super cool” after a
potentially nasty injury in the field in the Champions League Twenty20
Dale Steyn wrote on Twitter that he had
suffered only “mild concussion and a blow 2my back” in taking a backpedalling
catch to dismiss Mike Hussey for Bangalore Royal Challengers in their defeat to
Chennai Super Kings at Kingsmead on Friday.
He was unable to bowl in the match as a
result and it was initially feared he may have done some serious harm to his
head and/or neck.
But the Proteas star was able to quip in a
Saturday tweet to followers: “What doesn’t kill u … only ruined my weekend.
Cricket South Africa spokesperson Michael
Owen-Smith confirmed to Sport24 that a scan on Steyn’s upper-body “impact”
injury had come up negative, although he would visit an orthopaedic surgeon
just to be sure.
The strike bowler will presumably be asked
to put his feet up for a few days, and he was to be rested anyway when the
Proteas start the 2010/11 season with two T20 internationals against Zimbabwe
at Bloemfontein (October 8) and Kimberley (October 10) in roughly a fortnight.
It will be a relief to the national camp that
Steyn appears to have no lasting injury, as they will already be starting the
campaign minus the services of premier batsman Jacques Kallis.
Steyn, 27, has been blessed in his career
thus far by staying mostly injury-free, unusual for a paceman in this age of
sometimes absurdly congested itineraries.