Dale Steyn shows off his humane side
He may not beat the bush when on field, but off it — Deccan Chargers’ Dale Steyn — is a man who prefers living in the wild.
The pace ace believes that his initial years at his birthplace Phalaborwa, a small town in South Africa known for its wildlife, has made him develop a deep connect with Mother Nature.
“Look, I come from the bush. That’s where I grew up in South Africa. I love spending time with nature during my off-season,” the 28-year-old said.
Steyn’s penchant for nurturing nature has made him turn into a keen environmentalist. “I like to work with firms that do their bit to preserve our environment.
Somewhere down the line, I have become a household name whether it is India or in South Africa. Hopefully I can come out with the right message for the people with regards to saving water or the environment,” Steyn said.
Interestingly, Steyn’s girlfriend Jeanne Kietzmann is an animal lover. “She wants to be trained in saving the tigers in the future,” the pacer said.
As a youngster Steyn dreamt of becoming a photographer. It continues to be his passion till date. One can often see him posting pictures of places that he visits on social networking sites. “I capture them all on my phone and post it online. Its fun,” the South African said.
Steyn clearly seems to have been rattled by his experience at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, where he was part of an event.
“We were touching speeds in excess of 150 kmph, and it was not at all easy on the stomach. It is amazing how the drivers manage to maneuver at over 300 kmph during a Formula One race,” he said.