England Great Eoin Morgan decides to retire!
The fateful night of disjunction struck in the eleventh hour. With a heavy heart carried by the bounds of exhaustion and uncertainty, Eoin Morgan has retired from the holy game of Cricket. The Irish lad had quite a career betrothing flightless England to their very first World Cup. Many aspire such a career, but a few live it. Eoin Morgan has made a name for himself in a room filled with the likes of Clive Lloyd, Steve Waugh, Imran Khan, Ricky Ponting, Kapil Dev and most definitely Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Whilst, he didn’t have a magnificent career as the above-mentioned names, he still led his side well. A competent batsman and a level-headed captain, Morgan was the right man to lead the Three Lions. In an ever-rotating English side, Morgan was a fixed fulcrum. Morgan’s career is defined in two phases of English Cricket, The Pre-2015 WC one and the Post-2015 WC phase. What happened in between defined the future of English Cricket.
THE PRE-2015 WORLD CUP PHASE:
English batting order was filled with greats like Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen, Joe Root, Jonathan Trott and Andrew Strauss. But none of them was able to match the consistency of a brash, young Eoin Morgan. The English batsmen used to play cautiously and settle in, then play their shots. Kevin Pietersen was caught with his controversies, and England lacked a batsman who could accelerate from the very first ball.
In came Eoin Morgan from Ireland. The Irish left-hander played a different game. He used to have his chance at the fag end of the game, and he did what he did. Do not confuse him with a finisher. He wasn’t a finisher; he was an accelerator, a natural one at that. The confident southpaw stroke the ball from the get-go. He was intense, he was dominant, but he was calm. His composure to not let the blood get to his head made him perfect for a slow-paced English line-up.
He scored some crucial runs when it mattered to the team. The 2015 World Cup was a disaster for the English side. They failed to win a single game against a Test-playing nation and were sent crashing in the group stage.
THE POST-2015 WORLD CUP PHASE:
After the World Cup, England underwent a massive transformation. England understood their decade-old approach of playing it safe was not going to work out. They needed a new direction. ECB decided to take a complete 180. They went with an aggressive template. Players like Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jason Roy, and Dawid Malan emerged into the scene. They started to attack from the ball one. England started creeping back to its former glory. They looked fearless and adventurous.
Eoin Morgan was once again the fulcrum of this team. Amidst a rapid-fire set-up, Morgan played the role of an aggressive anchor. He kept his wicket alive while scoring runs steadily. The side relied on his stability and serenity. Eoin Morgan ensured that England always had a batsman and didn’t leave anything to bowlers. Morgan leads the team with orthodox fielding methods. He trusts his bowlers to set their own field and only drops by to give advice.
Morgan is well known for his patient approach and played a crucial role in England’s 2019 WC campaign. He led the team with perseverance and tenacity. Three Lions clinched a World Cup title for the first time in the history of the tournament.
Morgan has amassed over 10000 runs in over 360 matches. To date, Eoin Morgan has scored 14 centuries and 61 half-centuries in his white-ball career. Morgan leaves behind an exorbitant career, which would remain a hallmark in the history of English Cricket. We here at The Sportsway wish Eoin Morgan the best of luck for his second innings.