New Delhi: There is a lingering feeling that Albie Morkel has under-achieved given his vast talent but the South Africa all-rounder says he can’t think ‘anything bad’ about his career.
The 33-year-old feels he still has a few ‘good years’ in him and is positive about his maiden stint with IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils.
“I feel fortunate to be part of the IPL again. I was injured for most of our domestic season so it was tough to get back. But I am fit now and look forward to the Delhi experience and obviously to work with Gary Kirsten (coach) again will be great,” Morkel, who has recovered from an ankle injury, said.
Morkel spent the majority of his time in IPL with Chennai Super Kings before moving to Royal Challengers Bangalore last season.
The elder of the Morkel brothers was tipped to be the next Lance Klusener after he made his South Africa debut in 2004, but since then has been in and out of the side, representing his country in 58 ODIs, 49 T20 Internationals and a solitary Test.
The last time he donned national colours was in the 2014 World T20 in Bangladesh and that was after he had considered his international career as good as over. Keeping in mind that the bowling all-rounder’s slot is not a certainty in the Proteas limited over set-up, another Morkel comeback can’t be ruled out, especially in the shortest version.
In his last competitive outing, he smashed an unbeaten 134 off 103 balls to help Titans win the domestic 50-over title.
“I can’t say anything bad about what I have done. I have had many up and downs but have reached most of my goals. I still enjoy playing and competing, and I feel I still have a few good years in me,” said Morkel, reflecting on his erratic career.
He says he is content with what he has accomplished and can’t care less about his critics who have repeatedly reminded him about not making full use of his talent. “That sort of stuff does not bother me anymore. Earlier, I would have taken pressure on myself as to why I am not a regular in the team but now I am much more relaxed. I just try to give my best on the field. In my younger days, I would try to win every match but now I have mellowed down,” he had earlier said.