Quiz: How well did you follow Eoin Morgan’s international career?
Eoin Morgan is the only player to win both the T20 and the ODI World Cups with England.
Updated - Jun 29, 2022 6:16 pm
After playing for 16 long years and leading England to their first-ever ODI World Cup title in 2019, Eoin Morgan brought curtains to his international career and an era came to an end. Struggling for form and fitness, Morgan’s place in the side was in question for quite some time now. With two consecutive ducks in the recently concluded ODI series against the Netherlands, more speculations started to gather pace regarding his future in the English team. Subsequently, he announced his retirement from international cricket.
Born in Dublin, Morgan made his international debut for Ireland in an ODI against Scotland in the year 2006. It was quite a memorable first match for him as he scored over 90 runs and was named the Player of the Match with his side winning the match by 85 runs. In the year 2009, Morgan made a switch to the England side and he went on to represent them for the next 13 years.
In 2014, he was appointed the full-time skipper of England’s white-ball teams ahead of the 2015 World Cup. Having suffered an embarrassment in that marquee tournament, where the team didn’t even qualify for the quarter-finals, he then revolutionized the side completely with his leadership. Post that World Cup, the team played an entertaining and high-scoring ODI series against New Zealand at home, and that was the turning point for England’s drastic change in the limited-overs setup. Since then, the English side became a destructive force in ODIs and the T20Is.
Eoin Morgan is the most successful skipper in T20Is
Meanwhile, Eoin Morgan has won most matches as a captain in T20 Internationals. In 72 matches, he led England to 44 victories, 27 losses, and one game that ended in no result. India’s MS Dhoni and Afghanistan’s Asghar Afghan are tied in the second spot for winning 42 matches each for their respective countries.
Coming to his batting numbers, Morgan played 248 ODIs and scored 7701 runs at an average of 39.29 which includes 47 half-centuries. In T20Is, he amassed 2458 runs in 115 matches at an average of 28.58 with 14 fifties. His Test career never took off as he managed to score only 700 runs in 16 games at an average of 30.43 with two centuries and three fifties. The dashing batter holds the record for smashing the most maximums (17) in ODI innings, a feat which he achieved against Afghanistan in the 2019 ODI World Cup. Nevertheless, his greatest achievement though will remain the 2019 World Cup triumph, as he became the first-ever England captain to lift the prestigious trophy.
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