IPL exposed India's strengths, weaknesses: Albie

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Published: Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 12:24 [IST]
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Playing IPL to help South Africa: Albie

Colombo, Sep 26: South Africa's Albie Morkel feels IPL experience will benefit the team as they take on MS Dhoni-led team in the Super Eights of World T20 next week.

Many South Africans were a part of India's domestic T20 league Indian Prmeier League (IPL). Moreover, Albie Morkel had shared the dressing room with MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and R Ashwin, as he is a part of the IPL team, Chennai Super Kings, and feels that would definitely benefit him and the team against India in the crucial Super Eight clash on Oct 2 at Colombo.

"Well, it certainly helps having played alongside these players. IPL has got all close together. Since I have shared the change room with these guys, I will able to give inputs to my team about them and vice-versa.

"But then, they will also need to change small things in their game and I will also need to do the same. Ultimately, it's about who's going to perform better under pressure," Morkel said.

Morkel, talking about the team's challenges in Super Eights, said, his team would focus on preparation for the tough games ahead.

"India have played very well and Pakistan also has played some fantastic cricket. The wicket here is a bit on the slower side and will offer turn. Our preparation needs to be different and we would focus on our preparation," said Morkel, who didn't play the last match due to an ankle injury.

When asked if rain played a vital role in the outcome of a few matches, Morkel said it favours the team batting first.

"It's something you can't really control and I believe it favours batting first. Obviously, even in those conditions you need to bat well and can't just score some 40-odd runs. But having played a curtailed match, I can assure you that it ends in a flash before you could settle down.

Having been Dhoni's key weapons while playing for Chennai Super Kings, Morkel brothers were very effective in the domestic league.

Albie Morkel has been the most efficient player for his IPL team in the death overs, as he has scored heavily on a few occasions to change the game in his favour which includes thrashing Virat Kohli for 28 runs off an over.

Albie has scored 781 runs off 70 matches with a highest score of 71 at an amazing strike-rate of 146.25 which includes 49 fours and 45 sixes.

His stats in T20 internationals are also impressive, as he has played 40 matches and scored 502 runs at an average of 23.90 and at a strike-rate of 142.20.

Moroever, when asked if he and his brother were the main players for Chennai Super Kings, Albie Morkel added that the team was very strong and all the players performed well which helped the team to reach the final of IPL 5 and also denied that it was not because of Morkel brothers.

"I don't think you can survive unless you have a good team. You need 11 players to make an impact and on a given day, at least 3-4 should perform in order to win a match. If you look at the lesser teams, they have 2-3 players making in impact and they win the match."

With Albie, revealing the fact that his team will be benefitted having played the IPL, it remains to be seen if that affects India's chances, as they will be aware of the team's strengths and weaknesses.


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