Morkel: Keeping Kohli quiet will be crucial

“It’s going to take a big team effort to knock over India”

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South Africa seamer Morne Morkel has admitted that his side have to limit India captain Virat Kohli’s impact in their Champions Trophy clash on Sunday.

India will be facing Sri Lanka on Thursday and can guarantee themselves a spot in the semi-finals if they come out on top.

Things are a little more complicated for South Africa as they could have advanced to the final four had they not lost to Pakistan on Wednesday.

Due to their disappointing performance against Pakistan, the Proteas must beat India in order to boost their chances of qualifying for the semi-finals.

However, stopping Kohli and his team-mates will be no easy feat. In fact, when asked how he plans to put the brakes on the Indian skipper, Morkel said: “I was hoping you guys could tell me that. Sunday is a big day for us. It’s going to take a big team effort to knock over India. But we have to back ourselves to win.”

Morkel excelled in the game against Pakistan as he took three wickets, which will go a long way in helping him retain his spot for the showdown against India.

Prior to the Champions Trophy, Morkel featured in one game of the three-match ODI series against England. It was his first match in the format since recovering from a back injury that had kept him sidelined since June 2016.

In the time he was nursing his injury, Morkel was told that he may never be able to play cricket again. But, the 32-year-old turned a deaf ear to those comments and worked his way back into the South African side.

“The last eight months there have been a lot of uncertainties,” he said. “When I got on the field, I said to myself this is really an opportunity for me to stand up and unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be.

“Today, we need to write off, just see it as an average game. Hopefully on Sunday we can turn it up and deliver something special.”

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