Captain Morgan retires

Former England captain Eoin Morgan has retired from all formats of cricket after a glittering career.

The 36-year-old won the T20 World Cup as a player and the 50-over World Cup as a captain. Morgan captained England in a record 126 ODIs and 72 T20s and remains their leading run-scorer in one-day cricket with 6,957, while he is second in the T20 standings behind current captain Jos Buttler.

Many will remember Morgan for what he won at the helm of the England men’s side. Not many will truly appreciate the refreshing style of cricket his Three Lions side played to enjoy such success.

Irishmen Morgan replaced Alistair Cook in 2015. England had a poor tournament in that World Cup and were knocked out at the group stages. What many didn’t realise was that this was going to be the start of something special.

Captain Morgan, tore up the English coaching manual. The former Middlesex captain played an aggressive yet simple form of cricket. See ball, hit ball, or in the case of Jos Buttler or Alex Hales wallop ball.

Something which was unheard of at the time was that England would score 500 runs in a 50-over game. From ball one, Alex Hales and Jason Roy would put pressure on the bowlers and never let them settle.

New Zealander Brendan McCullum, would be one of the pioneers of this very front-foot style of cricket. Eoin Morgan was seen rightly as one of the best leaders in world cricket.

IPL side KKR would appoint Morgan mid-season as captain and he would help Calcutta get to the final. Sadly for the 36-year-old, just like in 2016, this would be another blot in his record book as MS Dhoni’s CSK side would win their fourth IPL crown at the expense of Eoin Morgan’s KKR.

As a leader, Irishmen Morgan was seen as one of the best as he was always calmness personified, very much MS-like. As a batsman, despite being England’s leading run scorer in the ODI format, time was catching up with him.

The year 2021 was on the whole a very poor year for the former Middlesex captain with the bat. Unfortunately for Morgan, his poor form with the bat, arguably lead him to be replaced as captain of KKR by Shreyas Iyer.

Upon retirement, Eoin Morgan paid tribute to family and friends for their “unconditional” support over his career and says he will now focus on his broadcasting career at international and franchise tournaments.
Congratulations on a wonderful career Eoin, we have no doubt you will take on broadcasting the same way you did playing.

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