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Hoshedar N. Gundevia in Dharamsala 17 May 2012 - 10:09pm IST

We still have a chance: Morkel

CSK all-rounder says his team may qualify for playoffs despite losing to KXIP

The Chennai Super Kings’ destiny is no longer in their hands. Their six-wicket loss against Kings XI Punjab ensured that CSK will have to hope and pray that other results go in their favour for them to secure a playoff berth. Inconsistency has plagued the reigning IPL champions this season with their big players failing to live up to their standards. But one player who has performed with distinction is Albie Morkel. The all-rounder has been scintillating with the bat whenever called upon, while with the ball, he’s been steady.

The big-hitting all-rounder revealed in an exclusive interview with iplt20.com that CSK still believe in their playoffs chances despite the loss against KXIP in Dharamsala.

Excerpts:


What are your thoughts on today’s comprehensive loss?


We are not out of it, but we have to wait for the other outcomes now. It is not the way we wanted. We would have liked to qualify by winning. Today, we got beaten by a better side. There were few games we should have and could have won.

Do you have enough points to make it to the playoffs?

We still have a chance. [Royal Challengers] Bangalore have got a tough game tonight and it is going to be a big result for us. We also have to keep our eyes on RR who are playing some good and consistent cricket.

What’s hurt CSK the most this season?


We have not been consistent throughout the tournament. We have played only a couple of complete games where we have done well in all the three departments. We have had success for the last four years and we are still not out of it, so let’s hope...

What’s the secret behind your power hitting?


I don’t think it’s a secret. As you see, I am not the biggest guy around, so I guess it’s bit of power, bat swing and timing.

Do you think you are underestimated as a batsman?

I don’t think “underestimate” is a right word. I have a role in the team and that is to finish. I get to bat the last five overs, and in India it is tough as the wickets are slow. So it is difficult to hit from ball one. In the ideal world everyone wants to bat in the top three or four, but that is not going to happen.

Can Morne Morkel help you by turning over KXIP on May 19?


The wicket is going to be the same and Morne is going to be interesting to watch as he has got good bounce. It’s almost like the Durban wicket in South Africa and certainly the quickest wicket I have played in India. People who are not used to bounce, it is difficult for them to bat here.

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