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Dale Steyn faces backlash after Kwena Maphaka tweet

Dale Steyn faced his own ‘baptism of fire’ after the cricketer posted a distasteful tweet about you South African cricketer, Kwena Maphaka.

28-03-24 14:06
Dale Steyn Angelo Mathews
Dale Steyn. Photo: BackpagePix

Former Proteas fast bowler Dale Steyn was slammed online following his tweet on Kwena Maphaka’s Indian Premier League(IPL) debut.

The 18-year-old fast bowler made his IPL debut for the Mumbai Indians but was smashed all over the park.

The young bowler ended with figures of 0/66 as Sunrisers Hyderabad beat the Mumbai Indians.

During the match, Dale Steyn commented on X(formerly Twitter), to remind fans of the difference between Professional cricket and U/19.

“(Kwena)Maphaka realizing the difference between U19 and the PRO league. Baptism of fire,” Dale Steyn tweeted on Wednesday.

Some fans lashed out at the former no.1 Test bowler, saying should be encouraging the youngster and not mocking him.

@gpricey23 wrote: “All the he is not ready for IPL tweets lol, all the bowlers are getting smashed.


@djstago wrote: ” You still have time to delete this nonsense. You also started somewhere and we supported you throughout.”

@SithaleKgaogelo wrote: “Disappointed in Dale Steyn. Instead of cheering the young Kwena Maphaka, he decided to be weird.. the boy became the 3rd youngest overseas cricketer to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL), this is just the beginning of a brilliant career.”

Former West Indies fast bowler Dwayne Bravo gave words of encouragement for the South African bowler.

“Keep your head up Champ! Kwena Maphaka I’m sure you will definitely bounce back and don’t let this one-off game make you start to doubt yourself. It’s a great challenge for you and you will only get better as the tournament goes on,” he said.

Dale Steyn’s tweet after Kwena Maphaka’s IPL debut.

Maphaka has caught many cricket fans’ eyes since making his debut for South Africa in the U/19 World Cup. He made his domestic cricket debut this season where he took a couple of wickets in the local T20 competition.