‘That is always an option’ – Skipper Eoin Morgan would consider dropping himself from England’s XI in T20 World Cup 2021
Eoin Morgan has been woefully out of bat this year.
Updated - Oct 20, 2021 1:39 pm
In what can be called an astonishing piece of news, Eoin Morgan has admitted he would consider dropping himself from England’s playing XI during the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. The veteran batter has been woefully out of bat this year and many questions have been raised over his place in the national team. In seven T20I innings this year, Morgan accumulated just 82 runs at an average of 11.7.
His performance in the recently-concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 isn’t much exciting either. The 35-year-old managed just 133 at an average of 11.08, although he led Kolkata Knight Riders to the finals. With Morgan being short of runs, many experts have reckon the veteran must drop himself from the playing XI. On being asked about the same, Morgan said the option can’t be ruled out.
Dropping myself is always an option: Eoin Morgan
“I will not stand in the way of the team winning the World Cup. I’ve been short on runs but my captaincy has been pretty good,” Morgan was quoted as per saying by BBC Sport. Asked whether he would be prepared to drop himself, Morgan said: “That is always an option.”
Notably, Morgan was rested during England’s first warm-up fixture against India while wicketkeeper-batter Jos Buttler led the side. The Three Lions will meet New Zealand in their final warm-up game on Thursday, before playing West Indies in their opening game on Saturday (October 23).
Meanwhile, Morgan also said that he has been leading well despite being short of runs. He also opined batting in the middle-order in T20s takes some beating. “I wouldn’t be standing here if I hadn’t come out of every bad run of form that I’ve ever had. The nature of T20 cricket and where I bat means I always have to take high-risk options. I’ve come to terms with that,” asserted the left-handed batter.
“I’ve always managed to compartmentalise both and treat them as two different challenges. Not being a bowler, being a little bit older and contributing less in the field, I’ve loved the role of captain. You get two bites at the cherry when it comes at impacting the game,” he added.
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