Off The Field

He was ahead of his time in realising value of IPL for English cricket: Nasser Hussain on Eoin Morgan

Written by Abhishek Patil

England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan is likely to announce his retirement from the highest level on Tuesday, as reported by Sky Sports. Morgan could be struggling for runs for more than a year now but is probably the best captain England white-ball cricket has ever had not just because he led the nation to their maiden Cricket World Cup trophy but also the way he changed the mindset and attitude as to how modern-day cricket should be played.

Heaping praise on Morgan for being ahead of his time, former England captain Nasser Hussain in his column wrote:

“He was also ahead of his time, along with Kevin Pietersen, in realising the value to English cricket of the IPL. First, he helped make better players of the likes of Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy and Liam Livingstone. Then he encouraged them to play in the IPL, where they learned to be even better.”

Hussain recalled a particular incident from the 2019 World Cup final to elaborate on how good Morgan has been as a captain tactically. “As an on-field captain, he was cool, calm and calculated. He was icy-cold. Like all the best leaders, he had a presence. And the one time he didn’t get things right, he learned from it. So when it came to Jofra Archer’s super over against New Zealand at Lord’s in the 50-over final in 2019, Morgan made sure he spoke to his bowler after he began with a tight wide,” he added.


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