Eoin Morgan, the Irish-born England Cricket Captain, is all set to announce his retirement from International Cricket when the team is getting ready to face the T20 World Cup. He has been triggered by the poor batting form and now he himself decided to step back from the team. It is under Morgan’s captaincy that England won the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. Jos Butler, Morgan’s deputy since 2015, will be the next captain for Team England.
Morgan has been batting in poor form for a while now, and he picked up a couple of ducks against the Netherlands in the last matches. He has scored only two fifties in the last 28 international innings. While reacting to the Netherlands’ series, he says “If I don’t think I am good enough or I don’t feel I am contributing to the team, then I will finish”. Also, the recent groin injury has led him to derail his plans to lead the team for the next World Cup. Now, after the comments, he finally decided to retire from the International Cricket. Even though he is retiring, he can look back on his career with pride.
Eoin Morgan has had a remarkable career in International Cricket. The left-handed batter played for both Ireland and England and is regarded as the 1st player to score an ODI hundred for two nations. After Alastair Cook was removed from the captaincy, Morgan was named as the England captain for the 2015 World Cup. Morgan remains the only England captain to have scored more than 4 ODI centuries. He holds the record for the fastest fifty in the ODIs and he was the only one who scored the highest number of sixes(17) in an ODI inning.
Eoin Morgan is the all-time leading run-scorer and most-capped player for England in both ODI and T20 formats. He is the only player in the history of cricket to have been dismissed for 99 on debut, for Ireland against Scotland. He had changed the mode of the England Cricket team to an attacking one. He has scored 10859 international runs for the team to make it an exceptional one. Morgan has scored 7701 runs in 248 ODIs to his name while scoring 2458 runs in 115 T20I matches.
Morgan has been the captain for 126 ODI matches and 72 T20Is in all. Also, he led England in two T20 World Cups but lost the title by small margins. In 2016, England was the runner-up, and in 2022 they were the semi-finalists. Morgan has contributed to IPL also by leading Kolkata knight Riders to the finals in 2021. But he wasn’t picked up for the 2022 IPL.
While speaking to BBC, England’s all-rounder Moeen Ali has reacted to the news that “He’s done an amazing job; he knows what it takes to win. It’s a shame, it’s strange to comprehend the side without him at the moment. Obviously, things move on and you kind of get used to it, but it is sad. And I’m not surprised at the same time because he’s a very selfless person and he’s thinking about the team more than anything”.
Morgan’s retirement will surely be an end of an era for the England Cricket Team. They will surely lose the most capable captain, a batsman, and a leader who restructured the white-ball cricket for England.
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