Albie: SA’s richest player?

2011-05-25 10:49

Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer

Cape Town – He may not always be wanted by his country for limited-overs cricket, and many would argue that he is under-appreciated, but Albie Morkel may well be laughing all the way to the bank as South Africa’s wealthiest player in current earnings capacity.

And if that is indeed his status, the Chennai Super Kings, his long-time Indian Premier League franchise, would no doubt argue that he is worth every penny.

Unassuming, Vereeniging-born Morkel again demonstrated on Tuesday night that he counts among the very best Twenty20 “finishers” on the planet, as he played a major role in powering Chennai into a guaranteed final spot at this year’s IPL; they saw off Ray Jennings’s Bangalore Royal Challengers charges in a thrilling first qualifier at Mumbai.

There was still an awful lot to do as Morkel took to the crease at 131 for four in pursuit of a stiff 176 for victory, and only 20 balls to do it in.
But with man-of-the-match Suresh Raina (73 not out) handily on song at the other end too, his whirlwind 28 not out off just 10 balls, at a strike rate of 280 and including three sixes, saw his side over the line.

Apart from looking entirely mentally unflappable, as he so often does, Morkel has that uncanny ability to somehow get his bat beneath perfectly decent-length balls and blast them into the stands, which is the ultimate way to unnerve even the steeliest of bowlers.

It is true that he earlier took some “tap” on the bowling front – this is often viewed as his biggest drawback in Proteas terms – but bowlers are there to mostly be flogged mercilessly anyway in this format, and as long as he keeps on winning or influencing games with the blade in the fashion he does, he will stay a hugely valuable and crowd-pleasing entity.

In national and domestic contractual terms, there will be bigger South African earners than Morkel, but he is smack in the epicentre of the massively lucrative, Indian-dominated T20 landscape, playing as he does for the IPL team with the best win percentage since the tournament’s inception in 2008.

A couple of weeks shy of his 30th birthday, Morkel is sipping on the consistently heady fruits of representing CSK – remember that he has been loyal to them from the very start of the IPL, when he first fetched US$675 000 at the auction, and he was the only South African retained by any single franchise at this year’s one.

His T20 career for them alone is busy making him a lot more than “comfortable” for the rest of his life, assuming that he doesn’t fritter away his earnings on Lamborghinis and Moet (and those who know him will confirm he is hardly that type).

Bear in mind that Chennai, the defending champions anyway, are now in line again for the winning IPL prize money this year of US$1.5m (the runners-up get half that).

Even more importantly in cash terms, Morkel’s team are also assured of a place once more in the annual Champions League Twenty20 event, scheduled for India in September.

In last year’s Wanderers final, the Chennai “mean machine” beat South Africa’s Warriors by eight wickets, with Morkel very much at his post for the winners even if he wasn’t required to bat in the one-sided affair.

Three Indian IPL sides traditionally feature in the Champions League, which offers total prize money in excess of US$6m, with the winners taking home $2.5m - the biggest team booty in the game.

The brand value of the Chennai Super Kings, if Wikipedia has it right, is estimated to be around US$70m.

Yes, there are few better cricketing boots to be in than Johannes Albertus Morkel’s right now ...


  • Skande - 2011-05-25 11:01

    Should have been in the SA side Albie.

      Lennox - 2011-05-25 11:14

      Albie damned if I can think of a reason why he is not in the team. Currently he only has to work two months of the year to be set up for life.

      DeonL - 2011-05-25 11:24

      He was inconsistant for the Proteas the last 2 years, hopefully he gets another chance to shine for us. Maybe now he can become a number 6 batsman who rarely bowls.

      Sanjeev - 2011-05-25 11:26

      You go Albie , at least Chennai appreciate your skills. Let me tell you Albie is like a Bollywood Star in Chennai right now

      Renny - 2011-05-25 11:53

      Although his bowling was a bit off yesterday his batting was spot on. I have a problem with his consistency.

      OppositeOfSunshine - 2011-05-25 13:31

      We want consistency all round.

      droplet - 2011-05-25 13:32

      his record for this season's ipl thus far: 12inn, 7no, 136(98)runs(balls), 30*hs, 27.2ave, 138.77sr. that puts him smack bang in the middle of mediocrity when it comes to batting. 42overs, 1mdn, 358runs, 15w, 3/29bb, 23.86ave, 8.52econ. that puts him smack bang in the middle of mediocrity for bowling too...

      Mark - 2011-05-25 14:00

      @droplet, thanks for that info but i dont think Albie rally cares about that kind of stats when he is earning in $s. I'd rather watch Albie bat for 5 overs than watch that boring Kallis. IPL and T20 is good entertainment value and thats what Albie is all about so stats dont really matter here.

      H&P - 2011-05-25 14:19

      @droplet, Your stats don’t tell the full story, you must look at when he bowls (in power play and at death ) and when he bats(last 2 – 3 overs) As a batter he is there to finish of the game in style, his 18 of 4 balls is worth a lot more that 30 from 28 balls by a number 3 batter. He has helped the Kings win a few games now with his super hitting at the death (especially as he only has 2 or 3 sighters) He has a role in the Kings’s game plan and he executes it perfectly, the Proteas don’t know what their approach or game plan is.

      Francois - 2011-05-25 15:06

      Eat this mr Hudson!

      BigJim - 2011-05-25 15:29

      If one looks at his stats when playing for South Africa, they are very ordinary and some may say pretty abysmal. He always seems to come off for his Province and the Chennai Super Kings, but sadly not for his country. That's probably a pretty good reason...

      MrTeaCan - 2011-05-25 18:14

      SA just doesnt know ow to use him right

      semloh - 2011-05-26 08:28

      I agree with a few point made here, especially about SA not using him correctly. Remember the T20 World Cup a few years back, if I am not mistaken he came in the 19th over and was expected to win it for us with not even 1 or 2 balls to get his eye in. I personally think the coaching staff "played" him out of form, by not using him correctly. One point I do not agree with his Morkel's stats in the IPL. In the past selectors have been to obsessed with stats but did not look at the character of a player (the point selector Andrew Hudson made recently). Scenario T20 / 50 over World Cup final, SA needs 6 to win off the final ball, would you want one of our top order batsman averaging 50 (because they get themselves in by playing cautiously and putting pressure on their team mates) facing or Morkel (averages 22 or 23 respectively)??

  • Zeppie - 2011-05-25 11:16

    Great for him...Go Albie

      Wessel - 2011-05-25 15:11

      Droplet first of all if he come in at over 10 i think that stats will change a lot.Albie is a verry clean hitter just like Chris Gayl.The also Mark you dont no what you talking about Kallis.Kallis is South Afrikas best alrounder ever.He is one of the best batsman.Look at his stats my friend and wake up.To all SA players in IPL,you there beqause you desirve to be there.

      Howzitekse - 2011-05-27 12:12

      Kallis mostly bats at a losing run rate in ltd. over games. Great test player, but in 20/20 and 50 over games needs to be managed by coaches and captains who are more switched on than our current bunch.

  • Mxo32 - 2011-05-25 11:20

    I am a great fan of Albie but one has to also notice that his job was made easy by Suresh Raina....if no one was firing from the other end I doubt if he would have gone on to win it for his team.

      John Jameson - 2011-05-25 11:33

      With Albie hitting 28 from 10, you could put in a tailender to block out an entire over and you would still be in with a chance.

      tonno - 2011-05-25 11:48

      @Mxo - what an inane comment. "job made easy"?? Of course someone else had to be at the other end - they needed 58 off 4 overs and you can't expect someone to face all the balls. But he did more than what was expected of him. How about looking at it from another perspective: he only had 10 balls to face. And not many people in the world would have hit 28 under those circumstances. That's skill. That's huge BMT.

      Mxo32 - 2011-05-25 12:37

      tonno- have a look at his batting average.

      tonno - 2011-05-25 13:11

      @Mxo - what has his batting average got to do with your comment?? You made a silly remark that he could not have done it alone. Of course not! One batter doesn't take care of 58 runs off 4 overs on his own! But you need to give credit where it is due. His batting average is a completely separate debate.

      Mxo32 - 2011-05-25 13:30

      tonno-Morkels finishing has been poor lately when batting with a tail ender or when the other partner is struggling....that is what my comment was based on.

  • RobinHood - 2011-05-25 11:20

    Showed again last night - who has the BMT??? not AB ---- who stayed home? ALBIE

      hendrick - 2011-05-25 14:39

      At last, someone shares my feeling about AB. We will never choke if we bat first. Our bowlers has never choked, it is always the batters

  • René Müller - 2011-05-25 11:23

    Hope he is, he is worth every cent he get paid by CSK! He's a great entertainer! A pity our own selection panel cannot spot talent!

  • Craig Edmondson - 2011-05-25 11:33

    and he isn't good enough for the Proteas????????

  • JC - 2011-05-25 11:34

    Missing link in the World Cup this year...

  • Siyamalan - 2011-05-25 11:36

    "Albie" The X factor for CSK

  • Neil - 2011-05-25 11:38

    ...i doubt he would face the crappy bowling he did through the ipl at international level....also, he went for 40 off he's 4 overs...and if u followed the IPL very closely, u would see how he still is struggling with the bat....apart from yesterdays performance..."dont be a fan" - watch the game and be realistic...they can keep paying him the big bucks, but Cricket SA is justified in leaving him out....p.s "do your homework"

      BlouWolf - 2011-05-25 12:04

      Wie het die grootste 6 in IPL geslaan? Miskien moet jy bietjie huiswerk gaan doen, daar was swak en goeie beurte. Waar is die huidige Protea spelers wat IPL speel? Wat is hulle tellings. Praat van huiswerk.

      Jacques - 2011-05-25 12:16

      Neil is reg- BlouWolf M Hussey ht die grootste Six geslaan. Ek sien huiswerk is nie jo sterk punt nie!

      Mxo32 - 2011-05-25 12:19

      Thank you Neil....

      Jacques - 2011-05-25 12:20

      BlouWolf "Waar is die huidige Protea spelers wat IPL speel." UHM AB de Villiers en Jacques Kalles HELLO, gaan kyk bietje na hul rekort!!!

      Neil - 2011-05-25 12:28

      Blouwolf - heres Albie's batting avg , of the 11 games played he scored 103runs @ and avg of 10,3 per game....why would you play him in the national side? and what has "die grootste 6se" to do with he's form, even "roeloff van" can hit groot 6se....u do the math...

      Ed - 2011-05-25 12:50

      Mabe you should do your homework and be realistic Cricket » Statistics » Player Profile » Chennai Super Kings » JA Morkel ( Albie Morkel ) Profile of JA Morkel ( Albie Morkel ) - Chennai Super Kings This page dedicated to JA Morkel ( Albie Morkel ). You can have the glimpse on JA Morkel ( Albie Morkel )'s IPL records -batting, fielding and bowling Performance Analysis Class Mat Inns NO Runs HS Avg SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St Batting 54 44 20 685 71 28.54 145.13 2 46 39 11 - Class Match Balls Runs Wickets Best Average Economy 5s 10s Bowling 54 1050 1466 57 4-32 25.72 8.38 Career Statistics

      Neil - 2011-05-25 13:01

      @ ED , do you select a player on current form or on he's whole cricket career?...just a question...go on to the current ipl season (which happens to be what this article is about..duh..), then copy and paste he's batting stats and then come talk to me....Albie is a good player yes...all im saying is that if u watched the game closley and more so in the year leading up to the world cup he was completely out of sorts and therefore left out of the SA Squad ...if u gonna use he's carreer stats then u might aswell send the whole of south africa's cricketers to represent there country, ..and yes "EVEN HERSCHELLE he's outa form cricket the numbers talk, not ther love for "n goeie seun///

      Ed - 2011-05-25 13:31

      Maybe you should watch the game more closely and then make comments... duh He played in 14 matches.Scored 136 runs at an average of 27,2(6 not outs and in did not bat in 3 games)His strike rate is 144.21 (For 11 innings he did bat) Thumbs Up | Thumbs Down | Leader Board Sort By Team : KP | Chennai Super Kings | DD | RR | KKR | DC | MI | RCB | KTK | PW | AllView By : Grid Stats Type : T20 Full name JA MorkelTeam Chennai Super Kings Match NameBattingBowling IRBFSR4s6sNoWkBBRCERMdsWdsNb4s6sC&BCSK v KKR 1st Match1159166.671110183210.67010500KP v CSK 9th Match1000001183812.67000510CSK v RCB 14th Match198112.5100224348.5010320KTK v CSK 18th Match194225011012178.5000120MI v CSK 25th Match13475000124194.75100300CSK v PW 29th Match1040000324297.25011300CSK v DC 39th Match1196316.67030324389.5020510CSK v RR 43rd Match1NBNBNBNBNBNB224246000301KKR v CSK 48th Match13030100301012147010200RR v CSK 52nd Match154125001118217010200CSK v DD 56th match1000001183612000420CSK v KTK 64th Match11310130201NBNBNBNBNBNBNBNBNBNBRCB v CSK 69th Match15955.56000112168020010RCB v CSK128102801310244010000420

  • ProSA - 2011-05-25 11:49

    fly that Vereeniging flag... the reason he isnt in the Proteas line-up... one guess... BIFF... that damn Graeme Smith probably has a hand in this

  • MacDaKnife - 2011-05-25 11:49

    Enjoy while you can, you deserve it. Similar situation as Chris Gayle, show your country what they have missed on.

  • SOOTHSAYER - 2011-05-25 11:55

    The title, should say............"SA's richest cricket player" because he makes Annual: ZAR 22,409,091.00 excluding sponsors or endorsement deals, signin-on fees.......further: The SA Selectors must be fired..............he deserved to be in the 2011 CWC squad, more than Morne Van Wyk, or even Faf Du Plessis!

  • Hopeforall - 2011-05-25 13:26

    How ironic, that Albie finished the game off two times fast against the very one who took the Proteas out of the world cup so feebly. Sachin also went on a bit of an 'inconsistency' trip for India a couple of years ago - so much so, they wanted to fire him. Now they're begging him not to retire...

  • letlize - 2011-05-25 13:29

    We used to play backyard cricket with the Morkel brothers - Albie, Morne and Malan. They are all very humble men and excell in developing their God-given talents. Who cares how much money he makes - he deserves every cent of it !

  • A(N)ON - 2011-05-25 13:48

    MS Dhoni captain of the current world champions was perplexed by the omission of Albie from the 2011 World Cup squad. When he pencils in his team XI for the CSK, Albie is one of the first names he puts down - if he is good enough to be part of Dhoni's top 11 why not the Proteas - one thing we lacked in the World Cup was an explosive hitter who could alter the course of a game in a few overs.

      hendrick - 2011-05-25 14:49

      Did anyone see the satisfied look Albie gave Kallis when he hit him for some 4's & 6 in the last over of an earlier match? Turned out those extra runs made the difference too in the result. Even Ponting a while ago admitted he would rather drop a catch if he knew Albie is coming in next. Our bowlers have BMT, he is the only batter we have left with BMT

      Jack - 2011-05-25 15:45

      Exactly my point The knowledge that he is in your side boosts the rest of the side s confidence.

      hendrick - 2011-05-25 15:56

      @Jack - That's what Badrinath said afterwards. For the anti Albie's: He was the ONLY SA player to be kept by his franchise. Even Kallis was let go by RCB (Good decision Ray, payback time). Think CSK will keep him? Youbetya. Greame? Dontthinkso. Remember these decisions are made by coaches & successful businessmen using logic not emotion. Eat that all you anti Albie's.

      Dumisani P - 2011-05-26 10:02

      @ Hendrick, IPL isn't ODI. He may be performing here but his simple lack of consistency in the ODI format is why he was dropped. The selectors have much more insight than the public would ever admit they do, and rightly so dropped Morkel. A large number of REGULAR cricket watchers who commented here also confirm his inconsistency. We dont want him Performing poorly them styling ONLY in the big matches for BMT. The only reason you claim he's our only batter with BMT is cause he never played against NZ in the World Cup, Face it. Amla, AB , Kallis and Duminy have BMT, Faf even proved he has it. If Albie performed sooo well and was really as great as you make him out to be, then our selectors would never have dropped him NOTE that he was a given in our first 11 for a long time. He had his chances and his inconsistency blew it.

      myjdjames - 2011-05-26 21:43

      @Dumisani P your comments re: ace it. Amla, AB , Kallis and Duminy have BMT, Faf even proved he has it. are a joke. not only against NZ did they implode but also against ENG. Kallis has not won a crucial match for SA in any tournament that I can remember so please tell me about him. In Fact, many say that if Kallis wasnt dismissed early in 438, SA would never have won! he made 20 off 21 balls. (which is less than the required rpo) i support sa but please dont be delusional. they have failed time and time again. its time to be accountable.

      Dumisani P - 2011-05-27 13:29

      Jeremiser - Check the latest ICC rankings! They display players who perform well CONSISTENTLY. AB and Amla number 1 and 2 IN THE WORLD china, not for nothing!! Kallis at 14 and Duminy at 22. Give credit where it is due. Are Ponting, Watson and the Husseys NOW all of a sudden bad cause they never featured in the World Cup?? Please tell me if Albie has ever even made the top 15 in his career? Seriously When he's batting well he bowls crap and visa versa or is crap all round. The selectors and captains go through the selection process and they surely do know much more than you do. They Select onform and if Albie who had PLENTY opportunities performed well consistently then he would have been to the world cup.

  • Leviathan - 2011-05-25 16:07

    i think albie needs to come in at 5 for SA in T20s. They all leave him 2 late. Yes his performances have been bad in the run up 2 the WC, but he deserved a place more than faf. It looks like smith is not goin have a place 2 soon bcoz of his form of late. But im glad albie is doing well. The peps putting up the stats must realize wen he has been comin in.

  • ser - 2011-05-25 16:22

    welldone.u are doing great carry on

  • Skiballas - 2011-05-25 16:28

    I start reading these comments...loose interest....thinking shyte shyte shyte. There is lies, damn lies, and there is statistics. A reader rightfully commented below (seems like one of the few sharp minds) that you need to take conditions into account. You cant compare his batting average with those of the openers and middle order. They are allowed time to get set at the crease. Albie needs to walk in and make hay in the last 2 - 3 overs. Much more difficult. so his failure rate is going to be higher than the blokes who have more time. So batting averages cant really be taken to seriously. Bowling also, as he opens the bowling with limited fielders on the fence, and is expected to close it when the batsmen go hell for leather. The spinners in the middle have good economy rates as they have all the protection and bowling to lesser intentioned batsmen. Yes, Albie is no Lasith Malinga, but it is not fair to expect that type of bowling from a chap who also bats like a Chris Gayle. Me thinks, pound for pound, he is worth every $ het gets, and thats apparently lots of them :-))

  • Neville - 2011-05-25 17:25

    He is not consistant more of then on

  • Collitjies - 2011-05-25 17:29

    With his record with the IPLT20 he deserves his high class honours, keep it up Albie we are most proud of you as a South African ambasador.

  • Big 5 - 2011-05-26 08:08

    What a player

  • MJ77 - 2011-05-26 08:26

    Not good enough to make the SA side....what a joke....they rather go for Lopsy who can't even stand the heat in county cricket.....this is for you Andew Hudson and your fellow turkeys.....bwahahahahahaha

  • craig.levey - 2011-05-26 10:01

    Buy the Lambo!!

  • roboman1 - 2011-05-26 12:28

    Albie has BMT, he does not choke, that's what make him great, that's why SA need him. His batting stats are always compiled under pressure, right at the end when his team needs 10 an over etc, Albie is your man. The fact that Hudson kept a good player out the team when he played for SA should not allow him to now still keep a good player out as a selector

  • I Love SA - 2011-05-26 12:30

    Well done Albie

  • ShivMaster - 2011-05-26 13:00

    hahaha, Smith should take some lessons from Albie.....

      Pete OJ - 2011-05-26 14:56

      Smith can only take lessons if they come in PowerPoint format. On paper Smith is a good player and Albie an average player - pity they play on grass! BMT cannot be taught. You either have it or you don't. Guess who has this and who not? Smith or Morkel

  • - 2011-05-26 14:53

    Totally agree one of the best in the game........but SA can for some reason not see it.

  • JC - 2011-05-26 22:08

    One can scrutanise his statistics and criticise him all you want, I actually did the same and believed that he didn't belong in the WC squad and wasn't too bothered when they didn't choose him. I've realized how wrong I was. The thing is, no matter what his averages show, he is the kind of player that can save or win the game for you when there is no chance left. Every team should have a player like him and most teams do. Imagine, SA need 60 off 30 balls with 3 wickets left... Don't worry Albie is still there, he can do it easily :)

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  • Gazza69 - 2011-05-27 10:23

    Proteas never managed Albie well. He was never certain of his place. He should have been given licence to play his natural game without the fear of being dropped.....Great finisher!

  • Howzitekse - 2011-05-27 12:01

    The man's a winner. Cricket SA do not understand limmited over Cricket. They stick with players who battle to get their strike rate above 100. Albie is better off playing the IPL, where his tallent is appreciated.

  • Ronald Tenggren - 2015-03-01 08:09

    The sparks the fires ignitor.the balls the bats desire.when 90thousand and the entire. SETS AB and AMLA on fire

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