You can never write us off: Albie

CSK all-rounder revels in team’s incredible win against RCB

Chennai 12 April 2012
“You can never write us off,” was what Albie Morkel had to say after his scintillating match-winning knock at the Chepauk against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. The hosts Chennai Super Kings were chasing a humongous target of 206. With 43 required off the last two overs, RCB were well and truly in the driver’s seat.

However, the strapping South African all-rounder turned the match on its head by smacking 28 off the 19th over, bowled by Virat Kohli. In all, Morkel hit three sixes and two fours in his seven-ball stay at the crease.

After scripting this sensational win for CSK, Morkel told that belief has been the key ingredient in the team’s tremendous success over the years.

What are your thoughts on this chase?

I think it was very good wicket, and we had to believe in ourselves that if we play well, we will get close. I think we were bit behind the required rate; but as they say, a T20 game is not over till it’s over.

‘Belief’, would this word sum up CSK’s win today?

Definitely. Even if you look at the other tournaments in the past, often we had a slow start and then a good game and we continued on from there. You can never write us off. Tonight, it was a good wicket. Faf du Plessis played well up front and Dhoni was good. I’m just really happy. We had a slow start to this tournament; we got bowled out for [about] 100 in two games, so hopefully, this will give us a bit of confidence.

Is CSK expected to chase such steep a target with the number of quality finishers you have in your team?

Sometime it creates a problem. When you have a big batting line-up, you sort of lose your responsibility as a player, because you know that you have guys behind you. But on a night like tonight, it’s great to have big hitters down the order.

Did your eyes light up when you saw Virat Kohli bowling the 19th over?

We knew that was going to happen. The two very good spinners were bowled out early, and I think they tried to win the game before the last over. So, we knew they would have to bowl a part-timer at some point at the death.

What was the talk in the dressing room after the first innings?

We were a little bit disappointed. When a team puts 200 on the board, it’s a big total in T20. But it was a good wicket and we knew we could chase it down if we bat deep.

Do you think the team is finally coming to terms with the wicket?

This was a completely different wicket than the one in the first game, which had a lot of grass on it. This was a fantastic wicket; and if we play on the same wicket, we will have a lot of high-scoring games.
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