Morne Morkel, who bowled South Africa to an unlikely win over India in the third ODI at Rajkot, is in doubt for the fourth game of the series. Morkel was named the Man of the Match for his fantastic bowling display in the third ODI, as he picked up four crucial wickets. Morkel confirmed that his sore leg was concerning him and that put him in doubt for the fourth ODI, to be played in Chennai.
“I’m a little bit concerned about the sore leg, but I think we’ve got a quality medical team that will help me over the next two days. I pulled up in the fourth ball of my sixth over a little bit. But let’s see. I’m not confident I’ll be ready for the next game. It’s just a matter now of the next 24 hours,” said Morkel. “For me, it’s just game fitness, getting the intensity and those few things going. Lots of times, I’m playing out of my ears and you need to see to bite the bullet and do the job for the team. But we, fortunately, bowled tonight under lights, so it helped a little bit,” Morkel
South African skipper AB De Villiers lavished praises on his side for winning the game out of literally nowhere. “I think it is vital and it is a key in the game we played that you can’t ever give up. I have reiterated it in team meetings, before the game and during the game. I don’t think we started well with the ball in hand, but we never gave up. The passion and the drive that we showed in the last 15 overs were amazing,” said De Villiers.
“The amount of effort we put in, especially in the second half of the fielding innings, we were always going to be a bit sore and a bit tired after it. But we sit here 2-1 up against India. It’s a great position to be in and it’s a wonderful opportunity to win the series. We’ve got a good chance in the last two, we would love to win both. All the focus will be on the next game in Chennai,” De Villiers said.