South African fast-bowling great Dale Steyn expressed his annoyance at being left out of the T20I squad for the India tour in a sarcastic tweet on Tuesday, saying that the selectors ‘obviously lost my number’.
South Africa’s most successful wicket-taker in Test cricket announced his retirement from the longer version last week, but made himself available for the shorter formats.
Steyn replied to a tweet from journalist Neil Manthorp, who commented on the fact that Chris Morris had not made himself available for selection for the T20I squad.
“I did… Obviously lost my number in the reshuffling of the coaching staff,” Steyn wrote, referring to the recent overhaul of the Proteas coaching staff.
Manthorp then jokingly suggested that the new selectors must be saving the all-time great for the important matches.
“Apologies to [India skipper] Virat [Kohli] and a billion people for thinking they [are] not [important],” was Steyn’s retort.
South Africa will play the first of three T20Is against India on September 15, which will be followed by three Tests and three ODIs.