‘A leader par excellence’ – Twitter lauds Eoin Morgan for his records and achievements after his retirement
Eoin Morgan announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect on Tuesday (June 28).
Updated - Jun 28, 2022 7:53 pm
After being in poor form with the bat for the last 12 months, England limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan has decided to retire from international cricket leaving behind a big legacy in English cricket. The 35-year-old had earlier expressed his desire to be a part of the T20 World Cup 2022 squad down under and the Three Lions’ title defence in next year’s ODI World Cup, but has now changed his mind completely.
While Morgan’s captaincy has been a superhit in the last year, his batting has let him down. In fact, he bagged two consecutive ducks in the recently-concluded ODI series against the Netherlands and missed the third game citing a groin injury and that was the last time the Irish-born cricketer would don the England jersey again.
Eoin Morgan- The captain who ended England’s 44-year-old ODI World Cup drought
England had made the finals of the World Cup on three occasions in 1979, 1987, and 1992, but finished as the second-best side on all three occasions before Eoin Morgan’s vision not only ended their 50-overs World Cup drought but also saw them emerge as the most successful ODI team in modern-day cricket.
He was appointed England’s full-time limited-overs captain in 2014, but it was after the 2015 World Cup setback that England’s way of approach towards One Day Internationals changed completely. They were knocked out by Bangladesh in a must-win group fixture at the Adelaide Oval and he as well as the Three Lions were mercilessly criticized for showcasing underwhelming performances.
Post that debacle, Morgan along with the then director of England Cricket Andrew Strauss and coach Trevor Bayliss strategized on achieving greatness in the white-ball game and the results were there to be seen in the following years. Under his reign, England registered totals in excess of 400 on a few occasions and also registered world record ODI scores in 2018 – 461/6 against Australia before registering a new one in 2022 – 498/4 against the Netherlands.
Apart from all these, England are also one of the most consistent sides in ICC tournaments managing semifinal finishes in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 and ICC T20 World Cup 2021, finishing as the runners-up in the 2016 T20 World Cup and of course winning the 2019 ODI World Cup at home.
Here’s how Twitterati reacted to Eoin Morgan’s retirement from international cricket:
What a career you have had. Changed the way people think and play the game not just in England but globally. Wishing you well in your next chapter. @Eoin16
— Niall John O Brien (@niallnobiobrien) June 28, 2022
Eoin Morgan, well played. He knew he wasn’t pulling his weight as batsman of a team wanting to win two World Cups in next 18 months. As captain he could have carried on till October’s World Cup T-20 but he rather stepped aside, consigning his own ambitions to the bin @Eoin16 👏👏
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) June 28, 2022
A leader par excellence! 🙌
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) June 28, 2022
Congratulations, Eoin Morgan @Eoin16. I have admired & respected your outlook towards the game enormously.What a career & what a transformational leader. Few players have had as much of an impact on the white ball game as you have. Well done, hopefully our paths continue to cross
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 27, 2022
•10,859 runs in international cricket.
•Most ODI runs for England.
•Most ODI capped for England.
•Most SIXES in an ODI innings in the history.
•Only captain to win ODI World Cup for England.
Thank You, Eoin Morgan for the all amazing memories in international cricket. pic.twitter.com/kwg2v6Zj2o
— CricketMAN2 (@ImTanujSingh) June 28, 2022
Eoin Morgan retires as one of the most influential figures not only in English cricket history but the tactical history of the game full stop. His England team changed the way the white ball game has been played forever & the ramifications of that change are still being felt.
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) June 28, 2022
Captains with More Than 200 international six :
1. MS Dhoni
2. Eoin Morgan
End of the list pic.twitter.com/zbkHZGLIVC
— Vansh (@vanshtweetz) June 21, 2022