England’s white ball cricket teams are just love, tweets Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pieterson is in awe of England's LOI teams.
by Yash Author
Published - Nov 8, 2019 8:49 pm | Updated - Nov 8, 2019 8:49 pm
Whenever the history of the ongoing decade is written, England’s resurgence or one can say rebirth in white-ball cricket will be written in golden letters. Think back to those days of the summer of the 1999 World Cup when England were knocked out of the competition, a day prior to the launch of the official theme song of the quadrennial event. Or the aftermath of each failed World Campaign, one which ended with tears, heartbreaks and resignations.
Think back to those chaotic days leading into the 2015 edition of the fifty-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, when the incumbent captain Alastair Cook was not only sacked from the leadership post but was also dropped from the side altogether. Eoin Morgan eventually led that side to Australia and New Zealand, in a campaign that saw the three Lions come back home from the group-stage itself with their tailed firmly between their legs.
England were walloped. Their style of play had become a laughing stock. It was said that in an age where teams were driving a Ferrari on a Fastlane, England still contended with riding on a bullock cart.
Something needed to be done! And, captain Eoin Morgan and the then director of English and Wales Cricket Board, Andrew Strauss, knew what needed to be done. Firstly, the shackles that had shielded English cricket in white-ball cricket. Secondly, the Indian Premier League.
Strauss, unlike the previous administrators at the ECB knew the importance of English players participating in a high-pressure environment like the IPL; one that would not only help the players to hone their skills with and against the best cricketers in the world but also prepare them for pressure situations at the International stage.
So, outwent all the inhibitions. The likes of Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and others were given total freedom by Morgan to express themselves by trusting their natural instincts.
Kevin Pietersen loving it!
The result: Four years later, England- the reigning 50-over World Champions- are the new trendsetters and they gave another glimpse of it at McLean Park on Friday, where Dawid Malan’s whirlwind hundred and Eoin Morgan’s equally ruthless 91, steered them to their highest T20I total- 3-241. And, Kevin Pieterson is in awe of it.
Taking to Twitter, KP wrote, “England get 241! Malan OUTSTANDING! Morgan CHANGED THE TEMPO! England’s white ball cricket teams are just LOVE!”
England get 241!
Morgan CHANGED THE TEMPO!
England’s white ball cricket teams are just LOVE!
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) November 8, 2019