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I think wickets, says Morkel

Calcutta: With nine wickets so far from seven appearances, Morne Morkel has certainly made his presence felt in his very first season with KKR.

To be precise, his figures with the ball played significant roles behind the Knight Riders’ back-to-back victories in Cuttack over Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Mumbai Indians. Finishing with two for 20 against a quality batting line-up of KXIP and that too, on a rather flat surface, is certainly no mean feat.

Against Mumbai Indians on Wednesday, he picked up the important wicket of big-hitter Corey Anderson. The South African pacer is clear with his views. An aggressive mindset is what matters as far as he is concerned. “I focus on both taking wickets as well as restricting the flow of runs. What’s important for me is to have an aggressive mindset and to think wickets, not just bowl for wickets… I don’t really bowl for wickets, but I think wickets,” Morne told the IPL’s official website.

Coming out with a positive body language is also key for a bowler, Morne emphasised. “Intimidation is one thing, but I think it is key to have a good body language.”

Working with KKR team mentor and bowling consultant Wasim Akram has also been beneficial for the 29-year-old. “The thing that I am working on with Wasim is to keep hitting the crease and get in good position at the crease. If I am in a strong position, the ball then will do the rest for me,” Morne said.

According to Morne, bowlers need to be calm and focus on each ball they bowl in a format, which is predominantly batsmen’s. “I think it is always going to be a competition between bat and ball. It is important for us as bowlers to keep calm and focus on each ball we bowl,” he said.

A good bit of planning has to be done should bowlers adapt to different kind of wickets in a competition, Morne pointed out. “It has to do with the planning that we do beforehand.”