By: Mohit Singhal
England skipper Eoin Morgan has finally hung up his shoes from International Cricket after struggling constantly from bad form and fitness,English Cricket Board (ECB) released on Monday.
He is the most decorated captain England ever got, with a highlight of his career being the 2019 World Cup win against New Zealand at Lords.
Although, that wasn’t the only feat he has in his bag; Morgan is the reason why we are seeing England frequently crossing 350-mark in ODI cricket.
He revolutionized England cricket along with the fearless approach in ODI cricket. After the group stage exit from the 2015 World Cup, he along with coach Trevor Bayliss accumulated stock of power hitters which later turned out to be a world cup winning squad 4 years later.
“After thoughtful deliberation and consideration, I am finally retiring from international cricket.
To call time on what has been the most enjoyable and pleasing chapter of my career hasn’t been an easy decision to take, but I believe that it is the right time to do so, both for me and personally, and for both England white-ball sides I have led to this point.
From my start in the international field with Ireland in 2009 to winning the world cup in 2019, I have never lost sight of how integral family support is to any international player.
To my parents, my wife, and our family around the globe. Thank you for your unconditional love and support throughout the good and challenging times in my career. Without you all, this journey would not have been possible.
I would also like to thank my teammates, coaches, supporters, and all those behind the scenes who made my career and any success possible. I will cherish the moment and remember the memories I made with some of the greatest people along the way.”
Morgan became the successor of Alastair Cook in 2015 just ahead of the World Cup in Australia but they were eliminated in group stage owing to a loss to Bangladesh.
Since then, the English limited side just saw more and more heights with some fearless brand of cricket they played. The 35-year-old Ireland-born batter led the English side to the finals of the 2016 T20 World Cup and later crowned them champions in the 50 over World Cup.
He also led the team to the semi-finals of the 2021 T20 World Cup in Dubai where Daryl Mitchell stole the match from their hands.
He captained the side in 126 one-day matches and 72 matches as a T20I skipper. His record for 116 wins as skipper is also an English record.
He guided the team with the bat too, amassing 6,957 runs in the one-day cricket while scoring 2,458 runs in the shortest format which is the highest among the Englishmen in the limited-overs format.
Rob Key, the managing director of ECB congratulated the veteran on a proud career, “On behalf of all ECB officials and everyone around, I would like to thank Morgan for his amazing and unforgettable contribution to this game.”
Morgan, however, will continue to play domestic leagues and will lead the London spirits in the second edition of the “The Hundred” tournament.