Kolkata Knight Riders’ attack helped set up the match in their team’s favour by restricting the Mumbai Indians to 141, and pacer Morne Morkel, who finished with two wickets, said it is important for bowlers to have the right mindset and a good body language.
“Body language is the key. Intimidating is one thing, but I think it is key to have a good body language,” said Morkel after KKR defeated MI by six wickets on Wednesday.
“I think it is always going to be a competition between the bat and ball. It is important for us as bowlers to keep calm and focus on our bowling ball-by-ball,” he added.
While the KKR spinners kept the Mumbai batsmen on a tight leash, Morkel gave the team an early breakthrough with just 12 runs on the board, and later, picked up the important wicket of Corey Anderson.
“We had a slight advantage playing and knowing the conditions here. But still, it was equal for both the sides. And the way our spinners bowled tonight was unbelievable,” Morkel told IPL’s official website.
Asked whether he focusses on taking wickets or restricting the flow of runs, Morkel said, “I think it is a bit of both. I think it is important for me to have an aggressive mindset, and to think wickets, but not bowl for wickets. I don’t really bowl for wickets, but I think wickets.
“I like to develop and be seen as a bowler who can bowl in all sorts of conditions and not only on bouncy tracks.” Morkel said he has been taking some important tips from legendary Pakistani pacer Wasim Akram.
“The thing that I am working on with Wasim is to keep hitting the crease and to get in good position at the crease. If I am in a strong position at the crease, then the ball will do the work for me,” he explained.