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Morne Morkel calls me a 'legend', says Unmukt

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Published: Thursday, October 18, 2012, 16:19 [IST]
 
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Morne Morkel calls me a 'legend': Unmukt

Durban, Oct 18: Delhi Daredevils' Unmukt Chand feels its a privilege to be associated with the IPL team and share the dressing room with star cricketers like Mahela Jayawardene, Kevin Pietersen, Ross Taylor and Morne Morkel.

The U-19 World Cup winning captain, also revealed that the cricketers have given him some valuable tips on how to improve his batting technique.

"You really feel confident when you have a session with someone like Kevin Pietersen. I had an elaborate session in Pertoria where he gave me some valuable tips on technique," Unmukt said.

Kevin Pietersen advised Unmukt not to hit every delivery and urged him to plan his innings accordingly as the wicket in South Africa wasn't similar to Indian conditions.

"I was trying to hit every ball out of sight and KP told me not to do that as I wasn't shaping up correctly. He told me that unlike in India where one can accelerate in a T20 game from the first ball, it's not possible in South Africa.

Unmukt has been treated like a legend in the Delhi Daredevils squad, as Morne Morkel calls him a legend, while Mahela Jayawardene feels his innings against Kolkata Knight Riders was one of the best innings he has seen so far.

"Mahela told me that under circumstances, my innings was one of the best in T20 that he has seen. It was indeed a proud moment when something like this comes from a player of his stature."

"And Morne has started calling me a Legend and pats my back whenever he gets a chance," he laughs.

If that wasn't enough, Ross Taylor has been advising the youngster to concentrate on rotating the strike and collect more singles.

"Ross was telling me to concentrate on singles and twos and try to hang in for as long as possible. When all these players share pearls of wisdom, it feels that I am on the right track.

Unmukt who has been a part of the Daredevils squad for two years now, revealed that he never expected to discuss cricket with the stars which has become a reality.

"Two years ago when I joined Daredevils, I didn't know that I could chat and discuss cricket with them at length. But it has sunk in and I feel it's normal now," said Unmukt Chand.

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