Former South African fast bowler Morne Morkel recently in an interview talked about how IPL broke the difference between Australia and South Africa cricketers helped cricketers from both countries to sort out of the differences between them.
The Proteas pacer made his IPL debut in 2009 and went on to play 70 matches in the cash-rich league where he clinched 77 wickets before last taking part in the tournament back in 2016.
He represented different franchises including the likes of Delhi Daredevils, now Capitals, Rajasthan Royals and IPL winning the 2014 Kolkata Knight Riders team led by Gautam Gambhir.
Morkel mentioned that the cash-rich league has brought all overseas players together.
“There was always a little bit of tension when South Africa played Australia or England, but the IPL broke all those sorts of differences that there were,” Morkel was quoted as saying in an interaction on the YouTube channel The Grade Cricketer.
“I remember the one year we played Australia at the Wanderers and, after the Test match, we all got into one bus and we were driving back to the hotel. Never in the world back in the day would you see that. It just shows you the quality and the power of the game that can actually unite all of us,” he stated.
He also talked about after match-winning party of IPL in detail as the party used to go early 5 am in the morning.
“Some of those after-parties functions are underground. So next thing, you look at your watch, It is 5 AM. It feels quite weird to sit with a whiskey in your hand at 5 in the morning. When other people are having breakfast,” Morkel added.