IPL news May 21, 2012

I'm helping younger bowlers deal with pressure - Morkel

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Morne Morkel, the Delhi Daredevils fast bowler, has said he has been helping the younger bowlers in his side to deal with pressure of performing in the IPL. Morkel, who is currently the leading wicket-taker this season with 25 wickets, said a strong showing by Daredevils' bowlers has helped the team make the playoffs.

"It's always good to be standing next to the bowler, clear his mind, tell him to focus on the next ball and calm his nerves," Morkel told Indian Express. "You can be put under great pressure in 24 balls. How you handle those moments is crucial. My job is to keep talking to the bowlers when times are bad, tell them it is okay. I remember when I was under pressure, it was always nice to have a guy next to me and tell me feel-good things."

Morkel, who has shared the new ball with Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav this season, said India's fast bowlers have the potential to be lethal, if they are guided properly. "In India, they play non-stop cricket, and these guys bowl a great amount. To play and bowl fast consistently, you need to have a window of two months where these bowlers are told, they are not going to bowl at all and only do strengthening and gym work.

"I can't see why India can't produce or compete with the best fast bowlers. They have Umesh, Varun, (Parvinder) Awana is bowling real quick and you have (Ashok) Dinda. It's a question of managing these guys. That's how we have gone about in South Africa, whatever cricket I play, I don't remember missing a Test match for South Africa."

With nine fast bowlers in Daredevils' line-up this season, Morkel said he was under pressure to perform from the start of the tournament, in order to stay in the playing XI. "When I started off for the IPL, I realised with the quality we have, I might get only a handful of games, so I needed to grab my opportunities.

"Thankfully, the wind is blowing the right way for me, but there's no complacency. I have to be on top of the game every day to get a permanent slot. I knew if I didn't get it right, not many would point at me because it's a batsman's game, but I wanted to prove myself and am happy to have done my bit."

Morkel said that though the odds favour the batsmen in the shorter format, bowlers must focus on doing the basics. "The most important thing for a fast bowler is to remember that when you enter the field, you must expect that you can go for runs on that day and guys can play with your ego.

"You try not to look too much into it, but if you are caught up in those things, you are going the wrong way. They can reverse-sweep, or sweep you, even me. Things like that have happened. T20 is a great entertaining for crowd, and that's what I tell myself and forget about it."

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  • WickyRoy.paklover on May 24, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    @g.narishma,ur two whitewashes dn't cntribute to our hapines at al(honestly),as we believ in our team only,our present team z nt ful of stars bt it z a star team which z betr than ful of stars team,plz check ur stats again regardng pak vs eng,ind vs eng,we r stil way way ahead of u,tel me how do u gauge d greatnes of a time,obviously with ovrall impact nt with once in a whil victories,can u deny pak vs wi 16-15,ind vs wi 14-30 respctvly,if U R so mindful of ur team's repute,why did u point out to our presnt bowlng linup in ds thread,nobdy can dny pak's bowlng greats(spin+fast)

  • g.narsimha on May 24, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    WICKYROY PAK LOVER - AS PER STAS india was the only team which challenged both WI, AUS during their domination . WE WON SERIES IN 71 in wi i, the little master SUNILGAWASKAR scured heavily in WI AGAIST LIKES OF ROGERTS , HOLDING& CO we are the record holder for seccessfully chasing highest total to win a test in WI in 74 AGAIST THE LIKS OF THAT FEARSOME BOWLING , WE WON wc in 83 in eng BEATING LLOYADS ALL CONQURING TEAM, SO MY DEAR U STILL DATE COULd NOT WIN A SERIES THERE, MAKING TALL CLAIMS, SEE MY DEAR I HAVE ALREADY POSTED IN SEVERAL PAGES THAT WE DONT HAVE ANY PROBLM IF U THINK OF U R PLAYERS AS LIKE BUT DONT COMPARE & insult our players , the way u people gloting u r team , u r bowlers, than u r team must have been all time great winning all matches all over the world but thats not the case stats says other story u r not better than us while plying in aus, eng, sa , thats it , so be happy on leading in overall , or our 2 white washes ,

  • on May 24, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    agree with g. narsimha & wikroy.paklover

  • on May 23, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    @g.narishma, lol right,the last time we went to england we drew with australia in tests, won the T20 series and lost 3-1 and 3-2 to england but guys got white washed in all formats. And we unlike you guys don't play half of our matches at our home infact we don't play any match in pakistan. We just thrashed england recently and won the asia cup , yeah the same asia cup in which bangladesh beat you easily. Head to head we are light years ahead of you guys as well so please go and act tough infront of some bangladeshis.

  • on May 23, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    indiarulesicc, tbh you're right because it's hard to believe that the wc winners would get white washed in both australia and in england. It really is hard to digest.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on May 23, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    @g.narishma some of my brothrly indians are gd at divergng d topic(as u did),as far as our fast bowlng z cncernd ,we r wrld beatrs,have any othr producd d greatest fast bowlrs of al times like wasim(easily d greatest fast bowlr of all time),waqar(probably 2nd bst with mcgrath,donald,marshal,shoaib (d only fastest in d world of his times,i thng dada z ist playr to use full guard 4 body aftr ths,lolz),imran khan(easily d greatst all roundr of his time),U talk about 1980's, ask ur any impartial indian n u would know who were d real chalengrs to mighty windies of all times,pak vs wi scor 16-15 in pak's favor,ind vs wi18-32 in windies favor,plz accept ur team was a minnow before 2000,pak was nevr except of initial era,pak has 3rd bst ovral win los ratio in tst aftr aus,eng(they r plyng 4 130 yrs,we r nt),pak vs ind 69-48 in pak's favr in odis,pak vs ind,12-9 in pak's favr,u won more against aus,eng bcoz ur team playd much more than us with them,

  • g.narsimha on May 23, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    XYLO- We dont need certificate, baring the recent 2 away series our batting always performed how could u forget the near 300 score in DAKA against u r so called best bowling they could not defend huse score . thats the strenght of our batting i am sure u will rack up recent loses in eng, aus in the last decade that was the only failure but ur team was also equally p-athetic in AUS, ENG last they visited .

  • g.narsimha on May 23, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    wickyroy.paklover-yaa we never ever forget the thrashing in ENG, AUS , BUT AT THE SAME TIME MY DEAR FRIEND CAN U ENLIGHTEN ME what is u r score line in AUS, LAST U R GREAT TEAM VISITED THERE , & in EMG if we lost 4-0 , u too lost 3-1 , if u have that much a magnificent fast bowling where are the result , u soppose to be world beaters stats prove that we won more matches agaist all top team,s right from champions of champions final in AUS in 1986 where our team thrashed u r best team we thrashed u in all over the world in SA, ENG, SL AUS, DAKA , ONLY ranking our recent loses of no use see where ustand. now its proved that u r fast bowlers cant win matches , spinners are doing the job but once u go out side asia we have seen what happened u r not better than india, baring these 2 series loses we done better than u in the last decade chech the stats , but while plying INDIA u r spinners also useless as it proved in SL, IN WC & recently in DAKA where so called great bowling failed

  • WickyRoy.paklover on May 22, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    @rahulcrickt007,do u mean u dn't need fast bowlers in d future as wel,as u can win without fast bowlrs,btw sami,talha,anwar ali ,rahat ali dn't bowl 150 occasionaly bt actualy cnsistntly with this speed,talent hunt camp have been initiatd in lahor by pcb so u indians need nt to wory about us bt plz cncntrate on ur fast bowlrs fitnes levels@IndiaRulesevrybody,thanks 4 reminding man! I had recolect to much ,btw is ths d same team which kept on recievng thrashngs outside hme 4 last one year,lols,mark my words there are lot more to come ur way man,btw,why would we cry?jst bcoz we r asian chams n soon going to cmpet with sa,aus 4 no.1,no.2 spot in tests inshalah

  • India_Rules_Everybody on May 22, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    @ Muhammed Ibrahim -- Still can't digest that India are the World Champions? LOl .. Keep crying!

  • WickyRoy.paklover on May 24, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    @g.narishma,ur two whitewashes dn't cntribute to our hapines at al(honestly),as we believ in our team only,our present team z nt ful of stars bt it z a star team which z betr than ful of stars team,plz check ur stats again regardng pak vs eng,ind vs eng,we r stil way way ahead of u,tel me how do u gauge d greatnes of a time,obviously with ovrall impact nt with once in a whil victories,can u deny pak vs wi 16-15,ind vs wi 14-30 respctvly,if U R so mindful of ur team's repute,why did u point out to our presnt bowlng linup in ds thread,nobdy can dny pak's bowlng greats(spin+fast)

  • g.narsimha on May 24, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    WICKYROY PAK LOVER - AS PER STAS india was the only team which challenged both WI, AUS during their domination . WE WON SERIES IN 71 in wi i, the little master SUNILGAWASKAR scured heavily in WI AGAIST LIKES OF ROGERTS , HOLDING& CO we are the record holder for seccessfully chasing highest total to win a test in WI in 74 AGAIST THE LIKS OF THAT FEARSOME BOWLING , WE WON wc in 83 in eng BEATING LLOYADS ALL CONQURING TEAM, SO MY DEAR U STILL DATE COULd NOT WIN A SERIES THERE, MAKING TALL CLAIMS, SEE MY DEAR I HAVE ALREADY POSTED IN SEVERAL PAGES THAT WE DONT HAVE ANY PROBLM IF U THINK OF U R PLAYERS AS LIKE BUT DONT COMPARE & insult our players , the way u people gloting u r team , u r bowlers, than u r team must have been all time great winning all matches all over the world but thats not the case stats says other story u r not better than us while plying in aus, eng, sa , thats it , so be happy on leading in overall , or our 2 white washes ,

  • on May 24, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    agree with g. narsimha & wikroy.paklover

  • on May 23, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    @g.narishma, lol right,the last time we went to england we drew with australia in tests, won the T20 series and lost 3-1 and 3-2 to england but guys got white washed in all formats. And we unlike you guys don't play half of our matches at our home infact we don't play any match in pakistan. We just thrashed england recently and won the asia cup , yeah the same asia cup in which bangladesh beat you easily. Head to head we are light years ahead of you guys as well so please go and act tough infront of some bangladeshis.

  • on May 23, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    indiarulesicc, tbh you're right because it's hard to believe that the wc winners would get white washed in both australia and in england. It really is hard to digest.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on May 23, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    @g.narishma some of my brothrly indians are gd at divergng d topic(as u did),as far as our fast bowlng z cncernd ,we r wrld beatrs,have any othr producd d greatest fast bowlrs of al times like wasim(easily d greatest fast bowlr of all time),waqar(probably 2nd bst with mcgrath,donald,marshal,shoaib (d only fastest in d world of his times,i thng dada z ist playr to use full guard 4 body aftr ths,lolz),imran khan(easily d greatst all roundr of his time),U talk about 1980's, ask ur any impartial indian n u would know who were d real chalengrs to mighty windies of all times,pak vs wi scor 16-15 in pak's favor,ind vs wi18-32 in windies favor,plz accept ur team was a minnow before 2000,pak was nevr except of initial era,pak has 3rd bst ovral win los ratio in tst aftr aus,eng(they r plyng 4 130 yrs,we r nt),pak vs ind 69-48 in pak's favr in odis,pak vs ind,12-9 in pak's favr,u won more against aus,eng bcoz ur team playd much more than us with them,

  • g.narsimha on May 23, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    XYLO- We dont need certificate, baring the recent 2 away series our batting always performed how could u forget the near 300 score in DAKA against u r so called best bowling they could not defend huse score . thats the strenght of our batting i am sure u will rack up recent loses in eng, aus in the last decade that was the only failure but ur team was also equally p-athetic in AUS, ENG last they visited .

  • g.narsimha on May 23, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    wickyroy.paklover-yaa we never ever forget the thrashing in ENG, AUS , BUT AT THE SAME TIME MY DEAR FRIEND CAN U ENLIGHTEN ME what is u r score line in AUS, LAST U R GREAT TEAM VISITED THERE , & in EMG if we lost 4-0 , u too lost 3-1 , if u have that much a magnificent fast bowling where are the result , u soppose to be world beaters stats prove that we won more matches agaist all top team,s right from champions of champions final in AUS in 1986 where our team thrashed u r best team we thrashed u in all over the world in SA, ENG, SL AUS, DAKA , ONLY ranking our recent loses of no use see where ustand. now its proved that u r fast bowlers cant win matches , spinners are doing the job but once u go out side asia we have seen what happened u r not better than india, baring these 2 series loses we done better than u in the last decade chech the stats , but while plying INDIA u r spinners also useless as it proved in SL, IN WC & recently in DAKA where so called great bowling failed

  • WickyRoy.paklover on May 22, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    @rahulcrickt007,do u mean u dn't need fast bowlers in d future as wel,as u can win without fast bowlrs,btw sami,talha,anwar ali ,rahat ali dn't bowl 150 occasionaly bt actualy cnsistntly with this speed,talent hunt camp have been initiatd in lahor by pcb so u indians need nt to wory about us bt plz cncntrate on ur fast bowlrs fitnes levels@IndiaRulesevrybody,thanks 4 reminding man! I had recolect to much ,btw is ths d same team which kept on recievng thrashngs outside hme 4 last one year,lols,mark my words there are lot more to come ur way man,btw,why would we cry?jst bcoz we r asian chams n soon going to cmpet with sa,aus 4 no.1,no.2 spot in tests inshalah

  • India_Rules_Everybody on May 22, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    @ Muhammed Ibrahim -- Still can't digest that India are the World Champions? LOl .. Keep crying!

  • on May 22, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    @rahul cricket 007. umar gul , mohd sami and umaid asif.

  • anooprerna on May 22, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    Class!

    The only word that strikes my mind after reading this article. I love these cricketers, particularly these two gems (Morkel and Steyn) whom SA has nourished. It's a privilege to watch these two quicks doing the lethal bowling.

  • on May 22, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    @rahulcricket007, well sami, gul (at times), talha, malinga and dilhara fernando. Nobody said that umesh yadav is not talented, he is a good talent atm. Even amir clocked 152 in australia and was easily clocking 145. So yes yadav is good but is he good enough?

  • WickyRoy.paklover on May 22, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    @G.sri,great comment,by d great recent performnces of ur bowling greats(ishant,agarkar,vinay kumar,munaf patel,kurivila) one can definitly say that going gets nt only tuff bt bcomes imposible,LOLZ,I Can undrstand ur agony,btw about 3 bowlrs waitng in d wings who r way head of ur average,n below average bowlng greats,i will pick my pak's club level bowlers ovr ur so cald great bowlrs

  • muffy_55 on May 22, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    @ G.SRI. Good joke man :)))))) lets accept it, we dont have world class fast bowlers and pakistan always banked on pace batteries.

  • rahulcricket007 on May 22, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    @AOUN ALI . WE EVEN WON WC IN ENGLAND IN 1983 & IN SA IN 2007 WITHOUT GOOD FAST BOWLERS .

  • WickyRoy.paklover on May 22, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    @G.sri,great comment,by d great recent performnces of ur bowling greats(ishant,agarkar,vinay kumar,munaf patel,kurivila) one can definitly say that going gets nt only tuff bt bcomes imposible,LOLZ,I Can undrstand ur agony,btw about 3 bowlrs waitng in d wings who r way head of ur average,n below average bowlng greats,i will pick my pak's club level bowlers ovr ur so cald great bowlrs

  • rahulcricket007 on May 22, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    @NAVEED KHAN , MUSTAFA 888 & OTHER PAK FANS WHO R SAYING UMESH IS NOT THE FASTEST IN ASIA . YOU SHOULD CHECK THE PERTH TEST WHERE UMESH WAS CLOCKING AT 145+ REGULARLY, EVEN REACH 152 KPH TWO OR THREE TIMES . HIT WARNER 'S HEAD WITH SHORT PITCH BALL . NOW CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME WHICH CURRENT PAK OR SL BOWLER BOWLS AT 150 KPH ?

  • rahulcricket007 on May 22, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    @TSOROM . MATE FAST BOWLING HELP DO HELP INDIA IN WC . REMEMBER ZAHEER HAD 21 WKTS UNDER HIS TALLY IN WC .

  • getsetgopk on May 22, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    @G.Sri: thats funny because one of these 'fast' bowlers you mentioned had two back fractures in as little as one year or so, they have hardly played any international cricket, two more years and you'll be moving them around in wheel chairs. LOL

  • Wickedfast on May 22, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Pakistan always seems to be producing Fast bowler as if they have a factory. But of late we haven't seen quality in the newer ranks apart from M Aamir. Cheema, Junaid are far cry from the type of young fast bowlers we used to produce 5 to 10 years ago. But I still believe that Pakistan will soon be able to unearth new fast bowlers provided there is stability in the board and team. As for India, the basic problem lies in the amount of cricket they play plus the vegetarian factor. They only have one quality fast bowler in the form of Zaheer Khan to show for. I sense they will continue to struggle with fitness and form of their fast bowlers a classical example being Ishaant

  • Srini_Indian on May 22, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    First, can we stop the rubbish of Pakistan has quality seamers? They had it in the past, but whom they have now? Gul, Cheema, Junaid. Hardly, world class. Gul may be a good death bowler, that's it. Aamir was good but the going gets tough as you play more. Apart from Ajmal, other spinners were mediocre at best. I'll take Umesh, Varun, Ishant anytime, anyday over Gul, Cheema, Junaid. The only problem is these bowlers have to be groomed well. With a couple of county stints and good physical conditioning, they have everything in them to become a top quality pacers.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on May 22, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    @Alexk400,just lame excuse man nthng else!@Bruisers,hahaha hilarious to say d least,btw sami z stil quickst in asia,he z going to play sl,talha way quickr than varon,yadav,bowls at 150 consistntly,varon z fastest among these(afridi,ajmal,saqlain varon),try to prove ur point by logic nt due to emotional jealousy,fact z u can never hav pak like quickies,great wasim sugestd that 2 yrs back!

  • JM_RSA on May 22, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    Morne brings up a good point. CSA manage their players better than any other Board. E.g. Steyn has only played 60 odd ODIs in 7 years. Test Matches are prioritized for him.

  • Alexk400 on May 22, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    When you are young you are growing. Indian players do not eat lots of meat like foreign players. Without a meat no day go by. When indian bowlers comes first bowl , body loves that challenge , so they go full speed. Once the stored energy for 20 years gone , it is really difficult to recover fast enough without eating lots of mean and muscle strengthening. Indian bowlers see indian batsman having snacks and doing nothing , they try to be like them.Fast bowlers has to be athletic to be injury free. No fat. Only muscle. Also once indian bowlers get the taste of money due to economic situations , they tend to relax because they achieved their initial goal. Only naturally athletic with strong bone / musle structure can survive long like Kapil Dev did. All pakistanis are same indian genes , they can bowl faster. It is very obvious why. It is just that fast bowler and vegetarian do not go together.

  • on May 22, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    I really do not understand, a simple thought known to foreign fast bowler is not known to entire batting heavy Indian fraternity. Morne, here is talking about rest to fast bowler which is essential for them to regroup, learn, evolve and bowl fast once again. Remember, Ishant played Test, ODI & T20 in 1 year and got injured and never came back his old self. Same is case for Irfan, Munaf, RP Singh. They played too much in short span and they forget art of learning & evolving. Long pending problem, is we don't have fast bowler support system which plans each fast bowlers work load. Also, our premier fast bowlers are lazy as hell from whom these young fast bowler learn bad habits easily. Finally, our Cricket team is exact replica of the country with tons of resources / talents but never properly managed and will never be.............

  • The_Legend-Killer on May 22, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    They will become medium pacers in one or two years.........

  • on May 22, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    Umesh and Varun could hunt in pair if guided properly. Need to take care of their body and they are naturally built to be fast bowlers. Both play alongside Morkel for Delhi, so no surprise there why Morkel is so impressed.

  • TsoroM on May 22, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    @IndiaRulesEverybody... no offence but the world cup was in the sub-continent. India did not need fast bowlers there. What the Indians should looking at is their recent test record. Consecutive test white washes in England and Australia, so much for the most powerful cricketing nation. If India wants to be the best in the world their need fast bowlers who can travel the world to take wickets and win matches in Australia, England and South Africa. India lacks that at the moment. I can tell you now if they do not develop their fast bowlers as suggested, the only place they are going to win their matches is the subcontinent and they will continue to be the whipping boys everywhere else in the world!

  • on May 22, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    IPL the game of Money........ indains are never able to done justice.... No one in india...... as you can see they dont have any single umpair at international lever

  • on May 22, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    @india rules icc, lol yeah keep imagining.

  • JustIPL on May 22, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    Umesh Yadev and Dhinda have already flopped if I am not wrong.

  • on May 22, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    the fact remains that except pakistan sub continent dont have much fast bowlers,malinga is good but doesnt have the fitness and finnese to play test matches,YADAV and AARON have just started their careers and are proved to be injury prone and then again all u guys making 150 is not the sign of a fast bowler its about doing it ball after ball,over after over ,match after match just like steyn and morkel,even pakistan now relies heavily on spinners and their fast bowler(Aamer) is facing a ban,except big races like punjabis.pathan(irfan is not an actual pathan),and people from northern india sub continent dont have fast bowling riches

  • JustIPL on May 22, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    Morkel might have been paid some more money to make such ridiculous talent who ensured the India get whitewashed twice and their future captain gambhir boasted of the rank turners. If Morkel knows about cricket then he should know that forcing few delliveries in shorter version is no test of real stemina. With inidan talent being drained through IPL whitewash on the home soil is imminant and these so caled fast men are not in a position to avoid it.

  • getsetgopk on May 22, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    The thing is that speed alone is not going to guarentee that you'll become a good bowler. Its the ability to bowl wicket taking deliveries. Now whats a wicket taking delivery? I'll try to explain. Every batsman has some weak area. There are one or two areas on the surface of the pitch that if you land the ball there the batsman will get into trouble. And these weak spots may wary for the same batsman from one pitch to another. How quickly the bowler learns and process that information the more lethal he will be. Its a trial/error thing but great bowlers will learn a batsman weak area in a matter of few deliveries. When I see these Indian bowlers bowl they just run in and try to bowl fast , there doesn't seem any thought process behind their deliveries. Its widely believed that batting involves lots of thinking and calculation but bowling is no less complicated.

  • AzyS on May 22, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    good luck to both the teams, both deserve to make the Finals. it will be a cracker of a game for sure and will be great if it goes down to the Super Over. My final 11 will be - KKR - gambhir,mccullum,kallis,manoj,shakib,pathan,das,bhatia,iqbal,narine,balaji

    DD - sehwag,warner,mahela,ojha,van der merwe,venugopal,pathan,morkel,umesh,aaron,negi

  • India_Rules_Everybody on May 22, 2012, 2:49 GMT

    Even w/o world class fast bowlers we won the WC! Imagine what would happen if we actually had some express bowlers! India Rules! :)

  • Pulsar81 on May 22, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    Wait for Umesh Yadav .. That kid is going to be breaking a lot of wickets! You can already see the fear in the eyes of the batsmen! :))

  • xylo on May 22, 2012, 1:18 GMT

    I am sure Michael Clarke would also be extremely happy to endorse the quality of the Indian batting line-up now that he has an IPL contract. The things that money can do is very obvious here. I wonder if McGrath had been in the national side when playing for the IPL if he would have predicted 5-0 scorelines.

  • JamesTHEwalldravid on May 21, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    @ Bruisers hahaha just wait a year:) they will soon become medium pacers. Countries like West Indies, Pakistan, Aus, SA and even Eng have natural fast bowlers. I don't mean to be rude, but you do not. Yes once in a while there are a few like Yadav who I am a fan of and who has great potentiel, butcomparing Indian fast bowlers with Pakistan is like comparing a Lion to a cute little puppy. Munaf was the next Shoaib Akthar (Actor) and Irfan the Next Wasim right? The quicker they come the quicker they fall or rather the quicker they become slow medium pacers.

  • Natesan333 on May 21, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    Here is prime example of why IPL is a great entity. It is colobration of different thoughts and ideas. No matter how much you hate it, you want your people to participate in it.

  • Desihungama on May 21, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    What Morne is referring to is the fact that you bowling your heart out on these dead tracks and still able to get hit for only 8 runs per over. He thinks that's an achievement.

  • on May 21, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    @bruiser, lol , first of all i don't believe in the speed guns that are being used in the ipl. And even if he did clock 151 , it really is not that big of a deal. Our muhammad talha recently clocked 154 in our nca. Gul still clocks 150 every now and then and sami still clocks 150 easily. Srilanka's dilhara fernando clocks 150 and so does malinga . Yadav atm is just a good talent. I still remember the indians going mad over ishant sharma(who too clocked 150 at times) when he performed in australia and now look where he ended up. Now he barely clocks 140. Having pace is one thing but to have the ability to maintain that pace is something else.

  • on May 21, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    @Mustapha8220-It would've helped if you could name one in Asia as quick as Yadav(or even Aaron).Cheema...? Junaid...? Riaz..? Lakmal..? Shahadat..? Only Malinga bowls consistently at 90mph & he's not playing Test Matches.Yadav certainly is NOT in top 5.He's not even half as talented as Philander DeLange or Pattinson.But he's quick.And yes I agree with the fact that LONGEVITY is the problem with Indian bowlers..

  • squarepeg on May 21, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    India is getting enough fast bowlers coming up as the game spreads to the non-metro areas. if these players get top-class medical, physio, mental and weight-training expertise, they can give 5-7 yrs service to India. Some of them don't have the gest bone structure, but there is no reason if Sri Lanka can get Malinga and Pakistan can get Waqar, Asif et al, why Kerala, TN and (Indian) Punjab-Haryana can't come up with speedstars.

  • the_blue_android on May 21, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    My test team in 2 years: Rahane, Mukund, Pujara, Rohit, Kohli, Tiwary Dhoni,Ashwin, Aaron,Yadav and Ishant. Not a single slogger in there nor players with technique problems.

    I hope all the jokers like Sehwag are shown the door for throwing their wickets away time and again and slapping test match fans on their face!

  • on May 21, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    lack of commitment and attitude is major cause of dropped pace of recent indian bowlers, they started with 140s and ended with 125, in wasim's and waqar's last match when india defeated pakistan in 2003 worldcup, they were doing 140+.. pace should be 140+ in end of career of fast bowler, Shoaib had a great england tour in end of 2010 where his normal pace was 150+

  • on May 21, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    The way we manage (or, more correctly not manage ) our fast bowlers, I have no hope!

  • zico123 on May 21, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    BCCI should take good care of these Indian fast bowlers Yadav, Varun, Ishant and Zaheer, BCCI should make sure they are getting enough rest and doing enough fitness and strengthening workout

  • Vilander on May 21, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    Umesh,Varun bowl consistantly around 145-150 thats quick, there is no pak bowler not even gul who bowls at this pace consistantly. Morkel is slowly getting ready to be the next Steyn, while steyn shows no signs of relenting his throne. Besides Umesh and Varun, Awana and Nechim are also good not as quick but hover around 140.

  • on May 21, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    Indian pacers are good for Club Teams.

  • on May 21, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Morkel and Steyn are good examples of bowlers who can rock any attack on the toughest of Indian pitches. IPL is an extremely good opportunity for Indian pacers to learn from them.

  • vik56in on May 21, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    There are fast bowlers in India.

    Ishant Sharma,Umesh Yada,Varun Aaron- 150(max) Parvinder Awana,Sreesanth,Sudeep Tyagi,Dinda-140s Munaf Patel,Zaheer Khan,Balaji,Aashish Nehara-130s

  • on May 21, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    @ Bruisers .. why would we have to say anything .. we always produce the best bowling line up ... :D .. as far as India goes .. they first need to change the nature of their pitches from flat dead to some bouncy and some grassy pitches to produce some fast bowlers ...otherwise .. RIP Indian bowling ..

  • Dashgar on May 21, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    @Bruisers, most of those guys haven't even made a debut yet. Way too early to call if India's bowling has turned the corner and they don't have anything to gloat over Pakistan at this stage. That said this new group provide hope for India's future if they are developed into good bowlers who can keep up their pace with movement, accuracy and discipline.

  • Mustapha8220 on May 21, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    @Bruisers: U gotta b kiddin man! FASTEST in ASIA! lol, just look around u, u can c lots of express pace bowlers, and AMONG TOP 5 IN THE WORLD! lol India will never produce a fast bowler, thats a fact ! BTW Im not from Pakistan!

  • spinkingKK on May 21, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    This young man's words reflects his work ethics and the correct philosophy he is holding. This is so with many international bowlers. He shows respect to the fellow bowlers even if they are only a domestic bowler. Rather than just trying to bowl like Morkel, the Indian fast bowlers should understand the philosophy. You have to be at the top of your game everytime you are on to the ground. Then, just expect that anything can happen even when you have exceeded your normal performance. Because, it is ultimately a batsmen's game and if they outperform you, that is where it stands.

  • on May 21, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    SIMPLY SUPERB COMMENT..GROOM PROPER LY AND MANY MORE STEYN MORKEL DONALDS WILL COME TO ENLIGHTEN INDIAN CRICKET

  • J._Doe on May 21, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Reading this article, I can understand why Morkel is so successful. Doing the simple things right. Like "keep the nerves calm" and "focus on the next ball". "Keeping on top of his game", "no complacency" and "going for runs can play with your ego" is good advice on match preparation for young bowlers playing T20. To me, Morne sounds like a great future coach...keep an eye for that!

  • Rally_Windies on May 21, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    honestly,

    India has a VERY strong team in the wings..

    watching the IPL has proven to me at least, that the insularity in team selection in the West Indies exists in India as well..

    Young strapping Lads from the rural regions will never be selected to play in front of the pampered ply boys from the city ,,,

    Players with 1st class averages of 60+, will never play in front of the guys who are barely averaging 50...

    People averaging 60+ in 4-day cricket will be thrown into ODI cricket, and dropped because they can't cut it, but never given a single Test match (because the selectors are afraid they will do well)

    the IPL has showed how similar WI cricket and Indian cricket is........

  • on May 21, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Morne, its not producing fast bowlers that is our problem, its their longevity, I still remember when Munaf made his debut, he was beating the English batsmen due to pace and the Indian slips were dropping catches because perhaps they weren't used to someone bowling so quick. We all know how quick ( or not) Munaf is now. Similar, Ajit Agarkar was quite brisk as well. His problem was just lack of consistency. On his day, he would win games for India, but when it wasn't his day, he would go for plenty. Sreesanth and RP singh weren't outright fast bowlers but they were able to move the ball around at decent pace. I wouldn't give the excuse of Indian wickets because wickets in pakistan are just as flat if not flatter, and they produce amazing fast bowlers. The up and coming fast bowlers in india need to be dealt with the same way as England handled Steve Finn. Strength and conditioning, and just want them to bowl fast! They are in the side to bowl fast not to ball slow off and leg cutters.

  • on May 21, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    hope someone in indian management reads this.. atleast our super cool captain who seems a bit too cool..;)

  • Romenevans on May 21, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    Couldn't agree with him more, BCCI have never been able to manage what we had and they are still not doing so. Munaf, Ashish Nehra, Zaheer, Abhay Kuruvilla, Balaji and many more they all used to bowl 140 kph+ but bowling line and length and not giving too many runs on flat decks made them what they are today. I'm sure that's the same will happen with Varun, Umesh, Awana and others too. Anyone remember Dhoni's spread out field in Tests matches agaisnt Australia in Australia this season? He literally forces Umesh to bowl defensively and the result we know what happened. Go to the East and extreme north India and you can find real fast bowlers, but nothing will happen because BCCI isn't interested.

  • on May 21, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    Not really a fan of the IPL, as it favours big hitting batsmen. Bowlers are cannon fodder for these big hitters (in my opinion). However, this is a great article - this is where the IPL comes into its own, cricketers from different backgrounds and cultures sharing their thoughts and ideas with team mates and helping young players in their development. Players have embraced and absorbed the sub-continental culture and seem to love the experience. Long may this side of the IPL continue.

  • pureatichowdary on May 21, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    It is very good experience for Young bowlers like Yadav, varun, Awana, VPsing to stay with a great fast bowlers like Morkel, Steyn and Wasim

  • superstar100 on May 21, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    Morkel thanks fr your support hope yadav and aron get someting from you :)

  • on May 21, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    One of the best things about IPL-V has been seeing Morkel and Steyn, the SA greats on Indian pitches. And it has been a great experience seeing some of the Indian talent in Umesh, Awana and Varun also deliver. Just hope these Indian quicks dont go the Venkatesh Prasad or Irfan Pathan way and turn into medium pacers.

  • Percy_Fender on May 21, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    It happens. Once known only for spin bowlers India has only promising fast bowlers by the dozen. And make no mistake all of hem are genuine quicks in the West Indies sense. I have found also that the best coaches are from South Africa even if Eric Simmons has not been very spectacular. A Shaun Pollock or Alan Donald or Fanie De Villiers is what India needs to see that the fast bowlers India has last long and are lethal in the game.

  • Bruisers on May 21, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Yep, Umesh Yadav is the fastest bowler in Asia right now and probably among top 5 in the world. Varun Aaron, Parvinder Awana and Dinda easily clock 140-145 too. Now where are all the Pakistani fans who said India can't produce fast bowlers??

  • pai11 on May 21, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    Why India is not producing Fast Bowlers??? Mr Morkel you will find the answer yourself in the next match when you will play against KKR on the "DUST-BOWL" pitch in Pune...

  • on May 21, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    Very well said "Don't take it on your Ego" ... Well this interview gonna help many young bowlers who would read this .. Nice Job Cricinfo.com!!

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  • on May 21, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    Very well said "Don't take it on your Ego" ... Well this interview gonna help many young bowlers who would read this .. Nice Job Cricinfo.com!!

  • pai11 on May 21, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    Why India is not producing Fast Bowlers??? Mr Morkel you will find the answer yourself in the next match when you will play against KKR on the "DUST-BOWL" pitch in Pune...

  • Bruisers on May 21, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Yep, Umesh Yadav is the fastest bowler in Asia right now and probably among top 5 in the world. Varun Aaron, Parvinder Awana and Dinda easily clock 140-145 too. Now where are all the Pakistani fans who said India can't produce fast bowlers??

  • Percy_Fender on May 21, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    It happens. Once known only for spin bowlers India has only promising fast bowlers by the dozen. And make no mistake all of hem are genuine quicks in the West Indies sense. I have found also that the best coaches are from South Africa even if Eric Simmons has not been very spectacular. A Shaun Pollock or Alan Donald or Fanie De Villiers is what India needs to see that the fast bowlers India has last long and are lethal in the game.

  • on May 21, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    One of the best things about IPL-V has been seeing Morkel and Steyn, the SA greats on Indian pitches. And it has been a great experience seeing some of the Indian talent in Umesh, Awana and Varun also deliver. Just hope these Indian quicks dont go the Venkatesh Prasad or Irfan Pathan way and turn into medium pacers.

  • superstar100 on May 21, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    Morkel thanks fr your support hope yadav and aron get someting from you :)

  • pureatichowdary on May 21, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    It is very good experience for Young bowlers like Yadav, varun, Awana, VPsing to stay with a great fast bowlers like Morkel, Steyn and Wasim

  • on May 21, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    Not really a fan of the IPL, as it favours big hitting batsmen. Bowlers are cannon fodder for these big hitters (in my opinion). However, this is a great article - this is where the IPL comes into its own, cricketers from different backgrounds and cultures sharing their thoughts and ideas with team mates and helping young players in their development. Players have embraced and absorbed the sub-continental culture and seem to love the experience. Long may this side of the IPL continue.

  • Romenevans on May 21, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    Couldn't agree with him more, BCCI have never been able to manage what we had and they are still not doing so. Munaf, Ashish Nehra, Zaheer, Abhay Kuruvilla, Balaji and many more they all used to bowl 140 kph+ but bowling line and length and not giving too many runs on flat decks made them what they are today. I'm sure that's the same will happen with Varun, Umesh, Awana and others too. Anyone remember Dhoni's spread out field in Tests matches agaisnt Australia in Australia this season? He literally forces Umesh to bowl defensively and the result we know what happened. Go to the East and extreme north India and you can find real fast bowlers, but nothing will happen because BCCI isn't interested.

  • on May 21, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    hope someone in indian management reads this.. atleast our super cool captain who seems a bit too cool..;)