In Barbados, England opened a five-match T20 series against the West Indies, and Eoin Morgan began another cricket season. For the team, the year will not conclude until the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia in nine months, which is a significant milestone for a man in his 36th year. Morgan left his home in North County Dublin as a teenager with only one goal in mind: to play Test cricket.
- About the rumours of his retirement
That didn’t work out, but he’s gone on to have a successful career in limited-overs cricket, where he’s known for his leadership as much as his batting. On the other end of a Zoom line, he appears younger than his years and exudes the same zeal that drove him to leave a decent life in Ireland for what he thought would be a better one in London. He had a dream of playing Test cricket for England since he was 15 years old.
He now refers to himself as “more English than Irish,” and says he feels “more English than Irish” when he says “us.” This needs to be explained.
“England has provided me with a life full of opportunities and a family I adore, and I intend to spend the rest of my life here. It’s been an incredible adventure. We returned to Ireland as a family for Christmas to see my folks. I enjoyed my time there as well. I’m both Irish and English. I came here with a dream, and I’m currently living that dream.”
He will have some time off when the T20 series in the West Indies concludes, and he expects to play in a few Six Nations Championship games. Before cricket, he was a competent fly half at Catholic University School (CUS) in Dublin, and he is still a rugby fan.
- One of the finest players
Morgan had shown great promise since joining Middlesex as a youth, but his outstanding talent was proven at Canterbury on May 11, 2009. Morgan hit 161 off 136 balls in a 50-over match against Kent, one of the most impressive limited-overs batting feats you’ll ever see. What jumped out was the calm and collected manner in which he built his innings. There was no slogging involved; instead, he scored with beautifully produced shots from all around the field. The ball went wherever Kent captain Robert Key moved a fielder from.
Following that, his first century came against Bangladesh in Mirpur, and it was another spectacular effort. Most modern batsmen erupt with joy when they achieve three figures for the first time (although Morgan had previously struck 115 for Ireland in a one-day international against Canada in 2007), but Morgan remained unmoved, despite England’s lack of victory.
He didn’t rejoice until he won the close game with a six. Against Australia and Pakistan, more undefeated hundreds, each at more than a run per ball, followed. Morgan’s message was becoming clear: when he goes in, he scores heavily and quickly, and he almost always wins the game for his team.