AB de Villiers is known for his explosive batting © PTI
AB de Villiers is known for his explosive batting © PTI

Kolkata: When AB de Villiers gets going a bowler can hardly do anything as the South African skipper has the ability to hit 360-degrees, his compatriot and Kolkata Knight Riders speedster Morne Morkel said today. Morkel said one has to think on his feet to contain someone like AB de Villiers, considered the most dangerous batsman in the modern day cricket.

“You can’t really plan against AB. He’s a world class batter. Only this is to just enjoy the contest between bat and ball and try to execute. AB has got all the shots in the book. He scores 360 degrees,” Morkel said on the eve of their IPL match against Royal Challengers Bangalore. “You have to think on your feet, just try to enjoy the experience and execute as best as possible.”

Morkel said the secret of de Villiers success is to sum up the field placements easily. “One thing about him is as soon as he sees the field placements he will sum it up and work the gameplan around it and play all the sweeps and reverse sweeps. He’s very hard to bowl to,” he said.

“Not only he can hit the short ball for six but if you just miss your yorker he will hit it over. The margin are so smalls with these quality players these days. With quick outfield like at Eden, it’s tough to bowl at. We prepare to enjoy the challenge.”

The World Cup images of his teary eyes after their shocking four-wicket loss to New Zealand in the semifinal may be still fresh in mind but Morkel said he has moved on. Recalling the death overs, Morkel said the penultimate over bowled by him was equally crucial in which he conceded 11 runs to give Dale Steyn 11 runs to defend.

“Second last one was just as important. But life goes on. I’m playing for Kolkata now, and I will give my full energy for the seven weeks. I can’t really turn back time.” His focus is now on helping KKR defend their title successfully.

“It’s important to create memories for this unbelievable team. We have got a trophy to defend and that’s the main focus,” said Morkel. Returning from an ankle injury, senior Morkel Albie turned up for his new team Delhi Daredevils and almost won the match single-handedly before losing by one-run to Chennai Super Kings last night.

Morne Morkel said: “Obviously I’m very happy for Albie. He’s coming back after a long injury. He’s also batting at different position, at No 3. To bat there and almost win the game was really amazing.”

Asked how he is dealing with the workload of being the only strike bowler for KKR, Morkel said: “We are quite fortunate to have Pat Cummins. He can also bowl at 140-150s. He’s got the skill to play a key role. Andre Russell can bowl quick.

“It’s a long tournament and it’s important to manage myself. I’m still feeling 100 per cent. As long as the selectors in the team want me to take the new ball, I’m quite happy to do that,” he said. Morkel further said his team is full of match winners. “In our squad anybody can win the game. Defending or chasing we have got the weaponry to do the business,” he said.