Albie Morkel left the field after bowling 2.3 overs in the Ram Slam T20 final with an ankle injury. However, he dispelled concerns over his participation in the IPL by *tweeting the next morning that he will be leaving for India on Monday after undergoing a scan. Scan went well. Will be on my way to India today," he said.
While sending down his 15th delivery of the innings, Morkel turned on his left ankle and fell onto the pitch, where he lay for several seconds before turning over with a grimace. He was treated on field and had to be helped off.
Morkel returned to bat later in the match although he appeared in some discomfort. He limped through his runs put batted for 29 minutes before becoming the last man out.
"We don't know how bad it is yet. He will have to get it checked out," Titans captain Henry Davids said after the game. "He turned over his ankle, which can be quite serious. But it was good that he could come out and bat again, he is a very destructive player."
This is not the first time Morkel has been troubled by ankle problems. He picked up a similar injury on South Africa's tour of England last July. On that occasion, Morkel required only 10 days to recover.
CSK's other big South African signing, Faf du Plessis, will miss the first four weeks of the IPL with a lower-back problem which will leave them without two key players. They will, however, have the services of Chris Morris in their squad.
Scan went well. Will be on my way to India today. #CSK— Albie Morkel (@albiemorkel) April 8, 2013
*The story has been updated after Morkel's tweet confirmed he was leaving for India