Albie Morkel was one of the most significant players in Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) two title victories and their dominance in IPL history. While Albie Morkel’s statistics remained average for the five years, he was part of the yellow army; it was his timely contributions that used to make a difference. Meanwhile, the all-rounder has revealed his favourite IPL knocks and lauded MS Dhoni’s captaincy.
MS Dhoni recently called time on his international career after playing for 15 years. Morkel, who played under Dhoni for five years, was often the skipper’s go-to man and also took the new ball on quite a few occasions. Under the 39-year old, CSK became one of the most successful franchises, lifting the IPL trophy thrice and reached the playoffs in all the seasons they featured in.
Albie Morkel revealed that MS Dhoni knows how to get the best out of any player and has a unique way of dealing with each player. The retired all-rounder underlined that it is his biggest strength and labelled Dhoni as a magician. The elder Morkel of the two also played for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rising Pune Supergiants and Delhi Daredevils.
“He (Dhoni) knows how to get the best out of his players. He doesn’t treat every player the same. He has got this ability to interact with every player in a unique way according to his personality. So I think it’s a big strength. When asked about one word that captures Dhoni as a captain, he unhesitatingly replied – Magician,” Morkel said as quoted by Times Now.
When Albie Morkel belted Virat Kohli for 28 runs in one over:
When asked the southpaw the most satisfying innings of his career, Morkel said that the cameo of 28 off six deliveries was the one. It was in the 2012 edition against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) that the Proteas’ all-rounder plundered 28 runs off the penultimate over bowled by Virat Kohli.
CSK required 43 off the final two overs when Albie Morkel smashed Kohli’s medium pace out of the park. While the 36-year old was not there to finish the game, the yellow army chased down 206 with five wickets to spare.