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Eoin Morgan – England’s Irish Champion

It’s one of sport’s more ironic stories that when England finally ended more than 4 decades of failure in the 50-over game, the two key players were men born in Ireland and New Zealand. It’s unthinkable to even imagine that England would have won the trophy without the calm but aggressive captaincy of Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes’s thrilling all-round skills.

Morgan was marked for stardom from the time he top-scored for Ireland at the Under-19 World Cup in 2004, but he never made any secret of the fact that his ultimate aim was to play for England Team – his mother is English. At the time, Ireland was an associate nation, with opportunities to play few and far between. He had a miserable tournament with Ireland at the 2007 World Cup, though the team did brilliantly, and he switched his loyalty to England not long after.

Less than a year after his debut for his adopted country, he was out in the middle as England won the World T20 final against Australia in 2010. Few could have imagined then that he would also be the only one from that squad who would be part of a World Cup win on home soil nearly a decade later.

By then, he had nearly half a decade of experience as a leader. Appointed captain before the 2015 World Cup disaster, Morgan benefited greatly from being paired with Trevor Bayliss as a coach. All the old plans that England had used in limited-overs cricket were shredded as captain and coach became fully committed to a relentless attacking style. With batters like Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler to the fore and the flair provided by Stokes, batting records were smashed as England quickly rose to the top of the rankings.

They would have won the World T20 in 2016 but for Carlos Bratwaite’s incredible last-over six-hitting. Nevertheless, Morgan carried on with the same attacking mindset. At the World Cup itself, they overcame a significant mid-tournament slump to beat India, New Zealand and Australia in consecutive matches to reach the final. There they couldn’t beat New Zealand, even in a Super Over, but Morgan was the captain holding the cup aloft because his team had hit more boundaries.

Such success has proved elusive for him in the Indian T20 League. Early stints with Bangalore and Kolkata didn’t do much to highlight his talent, and he was equally disappointing with Hyderabad and Punjab. But when Brendon McCullum persuaded him to take on the Kolkata team captaincy midway through the 2020 tournament, something seemed to click. Though his own batting form slumped after an excellent 2020, Morgan was able to lead the side into the play-offs in 2021, winning 5 of their last 7 group games. Only time will tell if his golden touch at the international level will reveal itself in the Indian T20 League too.

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Eoin Morgan’s Personal Details

    • Name
    • :
    • Eoin Joseph Gerard Morgan
    • Date of Birth
    • :
    • 10th September 1986
    • Birthplace
    • :
    • Dublin
    • Height
    • :
    • 5′8″
    • Batting Style
    • :
    • Left-handed batter
    • Playing Role
    • :
    • Middle-order batter
    • Major Teams Played For
    • :
    • England, Ireland, Bangalore team, Kolkata team, Hyderabad team, Punjab team

Eoin Morgan’s Current Rankings

Eoin Morgan Career Summary

    • Format
    • M
    • Inn
    • Runs
    • HS
    • Avg
    • SR
    • 100
    • 200
    • 50
    • 4s
    • 6s
    • CT
    • Test
    • 16
    • 24
    • 700
    • 130 vs PAK
    • 30.43
    • 54.77
    • 2
    • 0
    • 3
    • 77
    • 6
    • 11
    • ODI
    • 246
    • 228
    • 7701
    • 148 vs AFG
    • 39.69
    • 91.25
    • 14
    • 0
    • 47
    • 654
    • 220
    • 87
    • T20I
    • 107
    • 101
    • 2360
    • 91 vs NZ
    • 28.78
    • 138.25
    • 0
    • 0
    • 14
    • 179
    • 116
    • 43

Eoin Morgan - Key Skills and Strengths

As a young man growing up in Dublin, Morgan caught everyone’s eye for his unorthodox and innovative stroke play. He loved the sweep and reverse sweep, and wasn’t shy of playing either. Fast-tracked into the England set-up before the World T20 triumph in 2010, what was most noticeable was his calm temperament. He could also strike the ball powerfully and manage a run chase, qualities that English cricket had lacked for a generation. His leadership and insistence on playing brave, attacking cricket were central to England’s World Cup win in 2019.

Eoin Morgan’s Captaincy Record

    • Format
    • Matches
    • Won
    • Lost
    • Tie
    • NR
    • ODI
    • 124
    • 74
    • 40
    • 2
    • 8
    • T20I
    • 64
    • 37
    • 24
    • 2
    • 1
    • I T20 League
    • 21
    • 9
    • 11
    • 1
    • 0

Eoin Morgan Awards and Achievements

Though the first glimpses of his talent came in Ireland’s green shirt, there was never any doubt among the cricket fraternity there that Morgan would one day play for the England cricket team. What they couldn’t have predicted was the enormous impact that he would have on the team and its culture. Before he took charge as captain, England’s limited-overs teams were a joke. It took him a little over four years to change that and have the last laugh.

Here are some of Morgan’s biggest achievements in international cricket:

  • He is the first and only captain to lead England to glory in the 50-over World Cup.

  • He is the only man to be part of both England’s global triumphs, the 2010 World T20 and the 2019 World Cup.

  • He is England’s leading run scorer in ODIs.

  • Morgan is the only English player to play more than 200 ODIs.

  • No other English player has played more than 100 T20Is.

  • Morgan’s 17 sixes against Afghanistan in the 2019 World Cup is an ODI record.

  • Only MS Dhoni has led his country in more T20Is than Morgan.

Eoin Morgan’s Indian T20 League Journey

Morgan’s first two seasons in the Indian T20 League, with Bangalore (2010) and Kolkata (2011), were dreadful, and after a promising year with Kolkata in 2013, Morgan again struggled in his stints with Hyderabad (2015-16) and Punjab (2017). By then, he was the England captain and one of the cornerstones of the side, but success in T20’s most popular league continued to elude him. That changed only when the Kolkata Team brought him back into their fold in 2020. Morgan, who replaced Dinesh Karthik as the team’s captain midway through the season, repaid the faith with 418 runs at a strike rate of 138.41. And though he struggled with the bat again in 2021, his leadership was sharp enough to lead a play-off charge in the second half of the season.

Here are some of Morgan’s biggest achievements in the Indian T20 League:

  • Morgan is the first non-Indian captain to lead Kolkata into the play-offs. The only other captains to do so were Gautam Gambhir and Dinesh Karthik.

  • After losing 4 of their first 5 matches in 2021, Morgan masterminded a revival that saw them win 6 of their next 9 games to take Kolkata into the play-offs for the first time since 2018.

    • Format
    • M
    • Runs
    • HS
    • Avg
    • SR
    • 100
    • 50
    • 4s
    • 6s
    • CT
    • Indian T20 League
    • 80
    • 1396
    • 68* vs. Rajasthan
    • 23.26
    • 123.75
    • 0
    • 5
    • 112
    • 64
    • 36

Eoin Morgan: FAQs

Who is Morgan’s cricket hero?

Brian Lara of the West Indies, who retired after the 2007 World Cup, which was Morgan’s first.

During his years as England captain, which is one off-field thing for which Morgan has been constantly criticized?

Morgan’s refusal to sing along the national anthem. After all, he was born in the Irish Republic.

Which two Australian pace bowlers does Morgan say were frightening to face at times?

Mitchell Johnson and Shaun Tait.

Which football team does Morgan support?

Manchester United, where the Irish Republic’s Roy Keane was the captain and leader for years.

Which uniquely Irish sport did Morgan play in his teens, which made it easier for him to play the reverse sweep?

As a teenager, Morgan played both cricket and hurling, the Gaelic sport where the grip is similar to that used for the reverse sweep.

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