IPL broke differences between Australian and South African players: Morne Morkel 

Former Proteas quick bowler Morne Morkel has credited the Indian Premier League (IPL) for making relations between South African and Australian gamers amicable.

Morne Morkel represented Rajasthan Royals (RR), Delhi Capitals (DC) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) within the IPL. He was a part of the KKR squad that gained the T20 league below Gautam Gambhir in 2014.

In an interplay on the YouTube channel The Grade Cricketer, the 36-year-old revisited the time he spent with franchises through the IPL. According to Morne Morkel, one of many greatest positives of the IPL was that it improved relations between gamers from completely different international locations. The tall South African defined:

“There was always a little bit of tension when South Africa played Australia or England, but the IPL broke all those sort of differences that there were. I remember the one year we played Australia at the Wanderers and, after the Test match, we all got into one bus and we were driving back to the hotel. Never in the world back in the day would you see that. It just shows you the quality and the power of the game that can actually unite all of us.”

Incidentally, after having retired from worldwide cricket, Morne Morkel moved to Australia in 2018. In November 2020, after changing into a everlasting resident of Australia, he was chosen by Brisbane Heat as a ‘native’ participant for that season’s Big Bash League!

Was bizarre to take a seat with whiskey in hand at 5 AM: Morne Morkel on IPL after-parties

During the fascinating dialogue, Morne Morkel additionally admitted that attending IPL after-parties, which typically carried on until the wee hours of the morning, was each weird and unbelievable on the identical time. He stated:

“IPL honestly is a tough gig. The games finish late and there is always like an after-party or something like a sponsored function you need to attend. As an international player, you are not forced, but you need to show your face. After doing 6-8 weeks of that, when you are playing back-to-back games, doing functions… Some of those after-party functions are underground. So next thing, you look at your watch, it is 5 AM. It feels quite weird to sit with a whiskey in your hand at 5 in the morning, when other people are having breakfast. But, it is an incredible experience to sit in those functions and connect with players across the world.”

Morne Morkel performed 70 matches within the IPL and claimed 77 wickets at a strike price of 21.15 and an economic system price of seven.69.