There is more pressure on Kings XI than us, says Morkel

There is more pressure on Kings XI than us, says Morkel

 When the Royal Challengers Bangalore take on Kings XI Punjab on Friday here, they will be facing an arduous task.

 They will be up against a side in irresistible form, a team they haven’t managed to beat in their last four meetings. Despite the tough challenge, all-rounder Albie Morkel oozed confidence.

“Their team is playing well this year, only lost one game against the Mumbai Indians,” said the South African at a press conference here at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday. “We need to take it game by game. We haven’t reached our peak yet, hopefully that happens tomorrow. We also have a proud record at home. There’s definitely more pressure on them than us.

“We keep reiterating that we can beat any team, on any day, on any field. We just need to take it game by game and not look too far into the future. We’ve been doing so many things right. The bowling unit hasn’t clicked as we wanted, but saying that, we have seven games left and we need to win five games (to make the play-offs). We need to play our best in the next seven games.”

The biggest letdown for the Royal Challengers has been the inconsistent batting, despite a plethora of stars in the their line-up. Morkel admitted it to be a cause of concern. “Most of our batsmen have got off to good starts but they haven’t converted them.

 If you want to win a T20 game, one guy in the top five needs to carry on and get a big one. 30s and 40s can win you games on occasions, but to be consistent, you need a big knock from one of your top five. That’s how you get to 160-180. The only game where we’ve done well is the one where AB hit 89 (against Sunrisers Hyderabad). From batting perspective, that’s what we’re aiming for, but it hasn’t happened yet.”

The game against Mumbai Indians witnessed an unsavoury incident involving Kieron Pollard and Mitchell Starc. Just like coach Daniel Vettori did the other day, Morkel too decried the incident.

“It makes for great theatre, but it shouldn’t be on the cricket field. They’ve both had meetings with the match referee; they’ve both been fined. It always happens when you play Mumbai as it’s a big fixture. Even when I was in Chennai Super Kings, the games against Mumbai were always heated. The crowd there really get behind them. Both players took it too far. From the RCB point of view, you won’t see that on the field again.”