South African bowler Morne Morkel feels that his side will have put up a splendid team effort if they want to win against India in a virtual qualifier on Sunday June 11. Whichever sides wins this game that will go straight to the semi-final.
“It’s going to take a big team effort to knock over India. But we have to back ourselves to win. Hopefully on Sunday we can turn it up and deliver something special,” said the 32-year-old.
Talking about his on and off appearances for his team in the past few months, Morkel admitted that that he went through a long period of uncertainty. He also added that he now takes every game as a fresh opportunity and tries to put up his best. Morkel was brilliant against Pakistan, where he took three wickets for just 17 runs in the eight overs that he bowled.
He also lent support to skipper AB de Villiers after his first-ball duck against Pakistan, saying that it took 200 games for someone to finally dismiss him for a golden duck. He also said that his skipper’s form is not something to worry about and that on his day, de Villiers can prove menacing even to the best bowlers.
South Africa enjoy slight more chance against India, since the latter’s team combination woes do not stop. The match will be played at the The Oval, which boasts of a flat pitch. Quinton de Kock, who has always performed well against India, can be an imminent threat to India’s chance of winning.
Morkel himself boasts of a very impressive bowling average of 21.00 against the Indian batsmen. But with both the ace teams having great batsmen and bowlers, one can expect a high scoring and nail biting affair on Sunday. The team that loses, goes out of the tournament.