On the eve of DD’s first home game of IPL 2012, Morkel spoke to iplt20.com about bowling in the shortest format of the game and on how his new-look team are the ‘silent hunters’ this season.
On Delhi Daredevils
We are going to be the silent hunters this year. We are quietly going about our work. We are really focussed on getting our processes right and will try not to look too far ahead. I really think we are going to compete this year for a spot in the final. We have some fantastic senior guys like Mahela [Jayawardene] and KP [Kevin Pietersen who have] just joined us. There is a new burst of energy for the team so we are all excited to get going against Chennai [Super Kings].
On how he manages his four overs while leading the DD bowling attack which features talented youngsters, and Irfan Pathan on a comeback trail
It is important not to think too far about the result [...] I just focus on bowling the best ball I can. The ball that I am bowling is the most important ball and [they key is] not to think too far ahead. Our bowling attack is young; we have played last year and we have come a long way. The boys have worked very hard. Umesh [Yadav] has done well for India, Varun [Aaron] was unfortunately injured and Irfan is also making his way, so yes, I am excited. There’s exciting stuff for us [to do] and I’m really look forward to it.
On needing to bowl six different deliveries in an over in the T20 format
It all depends on the batsman who is on strike. We plan certain strategies for the batsman and you need to think on your feet a little bit. Some of the conditions, some of the situations, they come with a plan, so just stick to the plan. The most important thing is, when you are in the stride of the delivery, stick to that delivery. Just make sure that you are bowling a hundred percent and that you don’t have any [distracting] thoughts running in.
On adapting to Indian wickets
That’s always a challenge, coming here. These are different conditions, conditions that we get used to and sometimes you just take a game or two to get used to that sort of wicket. It’s a test of your skill. It’s a challenge that I personally enjoy. [It’s a chance] for me to improve my game. I need to be able to compete in all conditions.
On height being an advantage for pace bowling
Yes and no. On some of the wickets that have a little bit of bounce and pace, I do have the advantage. But for smaller bowlers in Indian conditions where the ball just skids through – they have an advantage as well. But I definitely think balance and my height, [and the advantage] that I get from that, [help].
On fellow South African Dale Steyn’s effort of three wickets for 12 runs for Deccan Chargers against Mumbai Indians
Oh, Dale! That’s why he is No. 1 in the world. He is an unbelievable and exceptionally good bowler. He has got all the skills in the world and it just shows that it can be done. I am very, very happy for him.