Morne Morkel has been wearing the Purple Cap as the tournament\'s highest wicket-taker almost from the start.
New Delhi: Delhi Daredevils' fast bowler Morne Morkel said on Saturday that their pace attack has blossomed under the guidance of coach Eric Simons. "Simons is not just a coach - he is one of the best bowling coaches and had a great time with the Indian team. He has a huge wealth of experience and has fine-tuned our skills. Simons' experience is being reflected in the performance of the team. The fast bowlers are hunting in a pack and we are enjoying each other's success," said Morkel, the leading wicket-taker in the current edition of IPL on the sidelines of a promotional event.
Delhi, who finished last in the 2011 edition, have been the most dominating team this season and are sitting on top of the table with 16 points from 10 matches. Morkel said that Delhi are looking forward to their much-awaited clash with Kolkata Knight Riders here on Monday. The match will be home-coming of sorts for the Kolkata captain and local boy Gautam Gambhir.
"It is going to be a crucial match for us. The clash between the two top teams will always be entertaining. [Kolkata] Knight Riders are doing well this season and Gautam is also in good form," said Morkel. Asked if fan loyalty will be split on Monday, Morkel said: "I don't think so. Gambhir can be the local but [Delhi} Daredevils are the home team."
The 27-year-old also feels that Delhi Daredevils, who are on a four-match winning streak, won't be complacent when they face Kolkata. "IPL is a long tournament. Intensity may fall but surely we won't be complacent. The guys are matured and professional. We know how to handle such situations," said Morkel.
Morkel's Delhi team-mate Irfan Pathan also concurred and said the team is focused on extending their winning streak. "We have experienced players in the team and there will be no complacency factor. We have worked hard and will continue our good run in the tournament. Winning is a good habit," Pathan said.
With three Delhi players - Gambhir, Rajat Bhatia and Pradeep Sangwan - in the KKR team, Pathan said it would be a tough match. "There are quite a few Delhi players in the [Kolkata] Knight Riders team. It will be a competitive game as some of the local boys in the [Kolkata] Knight Riders team are well aware of the conditions in Kotla," said Morkel.