There are some cricketers born for the longer form of the game, while there are some whose talents were best shown in the shortest format. One such player was Albie Morkel, a South African all-rounder who recently decided to call it quits on a professional cricketing career spanning nearly 20 long years.
Albie and Morne Morkel have been essential parts of the South African national side over the years, with the former hanging up his boots earlier this year. The elder brother Albie has now decided it’s his time to retire too, now aged 37 years and 7 months. He made this decision on Wednesday, 9th January 2019.
No one can forget how he helped Chennai Super Kings to wins in the Indian Premier League while he also led the Titans to three consecutive tournament wins in 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18. He ends his career as one of the best all-rounders in T20 cricket history, with 4,247 runs and 247 wickets. He has now retired from all forms of cricket.
“Time has run out for me on the cricket field, and I would like to announce my retirement from the game. The last 20 years of my life took me on an incredible journey, with so many awesome memories that I will cherish forever,” said Albie Morkel while announcing his retirement from this beautiful sport.
“I would like to thank Jacques Faul and everyone involved at the Titans for giving me the opportunity to live my dream. The squad is in a healthy state and I’m looking forward to seeing the progress that the younger players will make. I will forever be a big Titans fan,” he added.
Morkel scored 57(28)* in his last ever competitive game, stealing an almost impossible victory for Durban Heat against Tshwane Spartans in the Mzansi Super League. It was a glimpse of his former self and this was the best ever possible end for the elder Morkel brother. However, Faul wants Albie to have a farewell game as well. For all updates on the same, keep following ReadScoops.com.