Albie Morkel says adapting to changing conditions will be key to success as his side prepare for the Momentum One Day Cup Final on Friday (14:00) at SuperSport Park.
The Multiply Titans are unbeaten in four games heading into the final against the Warriors. And through a series of dominating performances, the Titans have established themselves as one of the leading white-ball sides in the country, after reaching their second limited-overs final this season.
Morkel’s captaincy record is extraordinary. The past two seasons he has reached three finals in four competitions played. But he is quick to point out that those statistics hardly reveal his charismatic or lead-from-the-front skills.
“You have to look at the quality of the players in the Multiply Titans squad. They deserve the praise,” said Morkel.
“We enjoyed quite a good Momentum One Day Cup season. On a number of occasions we struck 300 and also managed 400 and 415. But there was one game against the Dolphins where the conditions only allowed us to score 200,
”It is imperative that you assess conditions because not every wicket has a par-score of 300.”
“Things can change very quickly on the field of play. You have to adapt instinctively. It is something I learned from the leadership style of MS Dhoni in the Indian Premier League,” said Morkel.
Morkel is privileged to rely on a top six with a sensational record. Henry Davids has blasted 559 runs, Aiden Markram and Morkel have struck 347runs respectively and Farhaan Behardien averages 81.
“Aiden is a joy to watch once he gets going. He has so much flair. He almost possesses the same talent as a 22-year-old AB de Villiers.”
“Markram has a very good head on his shoulders and has scored massively in the Sunfoil Series and the Momentum One Day Cup campaign. One cannot call him a batsman who bowls a bit. He is emerging as a true all-rounder,” said Morkel.
Leading with the ball are pace duo Lungi Ngidi and Chris Morris with the support of Junior Dala; who has taken 14 scalps this season.
Earlier this summer, Ngidi was selected for South Africa’s KFC T20I Series against Sri Lanka and immediately displayed the big match temperament of a champion, capturing 2-12 and 4-19 in his first two matches.
“Lungi bowls a very heavy ball. He is a big man who hits the deck and moves the ball off the seam. We all know how dangerous he can be by moving the ball off the seam.”
The opposition, the Warriors, boasts the competition’s leading run-scorer Jon-Jon Smuts, having amassed 568 runs, and dangermen Colin Ackerman and Colin Ingrim. The Titans have faced the Warriors twice in the competition and enjoyed success on both occasions.
“There are no secrets between us and the Warriors. We are meeting them in the second limited-overs final this season.”
Multiply Titans squad to face Warriors (from): Albie Morkel (capt), Farhaan Behardien, Junior Dala, Henry Davids, AB de Villiers, Heinrich Klaasen, Heino Kuhn, Aiden Markram, Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Malusi Siboto, Jonathan Vandiar, Shaun von Berg and David Wiese.