IPL 2012: Albie Morkel wants to leave behind legacy at Chennai

Albie Morkel has scored 781 runs and picked up 67 wickets for Chennai Super Kings in 67 matches AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Chennai: May 25, 2012

Chennai Super Kings all-rounder Albie Morkel wants to leave behind his own cricketing legacy and not be compared to anyone.

“I was compared to Lance Klusener at the start of my career because I batted left-handed, bowled right-handed and had the ability to hit sixes. I would like to leave my own legacy behind. When people talk about me, or if people talk about me, I wouldn’t want them to compare me to Lance. I want them to talk about the abilities I brought to the field instead.”

Albie wishes to be remembered as a good player for Chennai Super Kings.

“It’s been amazing. Lance will be remembered for being a good player for South Africa, and maybe I will be remembered for being a good player for Chennai. The experience has been amazing. The people in the team, the support staff it’s all been amazing. It’s been a great five years with Chennai, but in the IPL, I don’t know where I will be next year or the year after that. Hopefully, my performances have been good enough for me to stay on with Chennai,” he said.

Albie believes that Chennai Super Kings is such a strong unit that it cannot be counted out.

“That’s right. We have worked hard to build a strong team where roles are defined for everyone. We have had a more or less unchanged squad from the first year and that has helped a great deal. Yeah, we play to win, we play hard, and as long as it comes off, we’re happy.”

Talking about his brother Morne Morkel, Albie said that they don t compete in cricket.

“We’ve got a very good relationship. We don’t compete on the cricket field and compare stats. Back home, we are just brothers. People might remember us as cricketers, but there is a massive life outside of cricket. Morne has been bowling brilliantly for the past one or two years and has formed a great partnership with Dale (Steyn). And I am really happy to see that,” he was quoted as saying by NDTV.

“Morne works really hard at his game. He had some shortcomings when he started out, but he has worked on them. Dale and he are probably the two best fast bowlers in the world today. I follow his game with great interest of course and enjoy it when he does well. He has bowled brilliantly in the IPL and exploited the conditions very well. When we play against each other in the IPL though, we play to beat each other,” he concluded.