Albie Morkel might not be one of the most decorated allrounders in international cricket but he has a good fan following in India thanks to his exploits for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League. The former South Africa allrounder was signed up by the Super Kings in the inaugural season of the league in 2008 and stayed with the franchise till 2013.
He was one of the regular names in the overseas four of the playing XI for the Super Kings. His impressive bowling as well as hard-hitting abilities made him one of the best in the league and played an integral role in Super Kings’ two triumphs and five final appearances between 2008 and 2013. He later plied his trade for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Capitals and Rising Pune Supergiant.
Albie Morkel on MS Dhoni:
Having played for six years under MS Dhoni, Albie Morkel knows very well about the Super Kings captain. He recently opened up on his former IPL teammate and unsurprisingly, lavished praise on him. The ex-Protea said that ‘Dhoni the brand’ matters and that he is still supremely fit to run the show as he decoded the reason behind the IPL franchise’s success.
“He plays a big role. We all know how big Dhoni is in India. He is one of the best T20 and white-ball players ever to play the game and if you get him as a leader, it is going to bring success as he knows how to get the best out of his players,” Albie Morkel told Sportstar.
“It all comes from keeping your core group of players together for a long time and have the same captain, Dhoni, for all seasons except for the two years when they weren’t part of the competition. Consistency is their secret. Over the last few seasons, they have made the finals eight times out of 10,” he added.
Albie Morkel, who retired from all forms of the game last year, was recently in India for the Road Safety World Series. He was playing for South Africa Legends before the tournament was called off mid-way due to the coronavirus pandemic.