IPL-bound Morne Morkel was told he would ‘never be able to play cricket again’
South Africa cricket team pacer Morne Morkel, who has made himself available for the Indian Premier League (IPL) says that doctors had told him that his days as a player were numbered following a back injury he sustained during the ODI series against the West Indies in June last year.cricket Updated: Feb 16, 2017 13:51 IST
South Africa cricket team pacer Morne Morkel, who is leaving stones unturned to make a comeback into the national side from a back injury since the One-Day International (ODI) tri-series held in West Indies in June last year, has revealed that he was told he would never be able to play cricket again.
“No one was 100 percent sure of what was going on with my back and to be honest there was a time when I was in doubt about my future‚” ESPNcricinfo quoted Morkel as saying.
“I was told that I would never be able to play cricket again and it was a mental thing to go to the gym,” he added.
The 32-year-old experienced fast bowler has made himself unavailable for this year’s edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), in order to be at full fitness for South Africa’s tour of England later this year.
The right-arm pacer further said that one doctor told him that his days as a player were numbered which was not a nice thing to hear.
Having ignored that diagnosis and sought other doctors’ advice, Morkel, who has picked up 242 Test wickets and 181 ODI scalps, has now recovered fully and hopes to rule himself fit for the Test-match leg of South Africa’s tour of New Zealand.
First Published: Feb 16, 2017 13:51 IST