Eoin Morgan

England
Age
September 10, 1986 (35 years)
Role
Batsman
Birth Place
Dublin
Batting Style
Left Handed
Nationality
England
Bowling Style
Right-arm medium

An Irish-born cricketer who became a regular member and later captain of the England cricket team, Eoin Morgan led the England team to their maiden World Cup win at home in 2019. 

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
-
-
-
Bowling
-
-
-

Team played

England, Ireland, ICC World XI, England A, England XI, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab, Middlesex, Ireland Under-19, Sydney Thunder, England Lions, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Barbados Tridents, Gazi Tank Cricketers, Karachi Kings, Peshawar Zalmi, Durban Qalandars, Kerala Knights, Tshwane Spartans, Dublin Chiefs, Delhi Bulls, London Spirit

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
243
226
34
7681
148*
40.01
8407
91.36
14
49
652
220
T20I
111
103
20
2302
91*
27.73
1695
135.81
0
12
176
110
Test
16
24
1
700
130
30.43
1278
54.77
2
3
77
6
IPL
82
74
14
1372
68*
22.87
1120
122.5
0
4
109
63

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
243
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
T20I
111
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
Test
16
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
IPL
82
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0

Eoin Morgan started his cricket career with Ireland and later switched to England. A finisher who can play shots all around the wicket, Morgan became an instant hit in the limited-overs formats for both countries. Eoin Morgan came into the limelight the moment he started playing reverse sweeps that no other player could time as well as he did. Over the years, Eoin Morgan has had one of the most interesting careers ever made by a player in the history of cricket.

Eoin Morgan’s ODI Career

Eoin Morgan made his ODI debut for Ireland way back in August 2006 as a 16-year-old playing against Scotland. By May 2009, he was picked in the England team and played his first ODI for England against the West Indies at Bristol, a month after he had last played for Ireland. In March 2010, he made a century against Bangladesh for England and became the first-ever player to score ODI hundreds for two countries. All in all, Eoin Morgan has played 236 ODIs, amassing 7368 runs at an average of 39.4 with 13 hundreds and 46 half-centuries. Moreover, Eoin Morgan has played 29 World Cup matches, appearing for Ireland in 2007 and England in 2011, 2015 and 2019. Morgan has 672 runs in World Cups including a century and three half-centuries. In the 2019 World Cup game against Afghanistan, Morgan hit a record 17 sixes as he made 148 in 71 balls. In the semi-final game against Australia, he remained unbeaten on 45 as England reached the finals of the World Cup for the first time since 1992.

T20I Career

Unlike performing in ODIs for both countries, Eoin Morgan has only played T20 Internationals for England. His debut came in an epic game in the 2009 World T20 against the Netherlands. England were defeated by the Netherlands as Morgan did not have much to show in the game. However, throughout his career, his innovative batting earned him a place in the England T20 side. Eoin Morgan has played 89 T20Is, making 2138 runs at an average of 30.98 and a strike rate of 137.49. Morgan has 13 half-centuries for England in the shortest format of the game. Morgan has played 23 T20 World Cup games for England and has 484 runs including three half-centuries. Eoin Morgan was a pioneer of innovative shot-making of this format in England and has proved to be a key middle-order player for his side in T20Is. Morgan was appointed captain in 2012 and has been the team’s leader for the last eight years, having to play under Stuart Broad’s captaincy from time to time. Eoin Morgan has played 367 List A matches in total, scoring 11321 runs at an average of 38.90 with 21 centuries and 67 fifities.

Test Career

Always considered a short-format player, Eoin Morgan has not really achieved much success in Tests. He was criticised for not having the right technique or temperament to survive the longest format of the game. However, he still managed to make an appearance for England in Test cricket through his compelling performances in limited-overs cricket. The fact that England were one of the top Test nations at the time made Morgan’s selection kind of dubious and it didn’t take them long to realise that Morgan’s full potential could be achieved in limited-overs cricket. Morgan made his Test debut in 2010 against Bangladesh at Lord’s. He made a 44 on debut and showed reasonable application. In just his third Test, Morgan hit a Test century playing at Nottingham against Pakistan. He went on to play a few rather good innings including another century against India at Birmingham in 2011. However, in 2012, Morgan wasn’t considered good enough for Tests and was dropped out of the team. He played 6 Tests, averaging just over 30 and didn’t quite seem interested to play the longest format of the game once he got a bigger role in the shorter formats. Eoin Morgan has played a total of 102 first-class matches, scoring 5042 runs with 11 centuries.

Eoin Morgan in the IPL

At the time England players weren’t given the leeway to play in other franchise leagues, Eoin Morgan went against the flow. Morgan left county cricket for the Indian Premier League starting his career there. Eoin Morgan was picked up in the 2010 IPL auction by Royal Challengers Bangalore for $220,000. The next year, Morgan was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for a bigger sum and he stayed with them for three years although opportunities were difficult to come by. Having skipped the Indian Premier League in 2014 to play for England, Eoin Morgan played the 2015 IPL for Sunrisers Hyderabad and stayed with the team for one more year. In 2017, Morgan was bought by Kings XI Punjab for Rs 2 crore but he missed a large part of the season performing in England cricket. After missing the next two years, Morgan was bought back by Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2020 IPL auction for Rs 5.25 crore. All in all, Morgan has played 52 IPL matches, scoring 854 runs at an average of 21.35 with four half-centuries and the highest score of 66.

Eoin Morgan’s Franchise Cricket

Other than the Indian Premier League, Eoin Morgan has also played in other franchise leagues around the world. Morgan played for Peshawar Zalmi in the 2017 Pakistan Super League. In 2018, Morgan was bought by Tshwane Spartans in the inaugural Mzansi Super League in South Africa. He was also due to play for the Dublin Chiefs in the first Euro T20 Slam but the tournament was cancelled. In 2020, he was named captain of the Middlesex T20 team for the 2020 Vitality Blast. Eoin Morgan has played in 285 T20 matches in total, making 6321 runs at an average of 27.12 and a strike rate of 132.01. Surprisingly, despite his reputation as a big-hitter, Eoin Morgan has scored no centuries in T20 cricket. 

Eoin Morgan’s Captaincy and the 2019 World Cup

Eoin Morgan’s main legacy will probably be him leading the team in the 2019 World Cup. In a very dramatic final at Lord’s in 2019, England won the World Cup under Eoin Morgan’s captaincy. 

Speaking of the epic triumph, the match as such and the four years England took to polish their limited-overs game, Morgan said in an interview: “Going through the highs and the lows of that four-year period, the very similar highs and lows of that campaign is something that all of us will have until the day we die. We should try to share that with a lot of people because winning world cups isn’t easy and doesn’t come around very often.”

Captaining the team was a huge honour for Morgan and he did it with distinction. Eoin Morgan has led the England team in 114 ODIs, the most by any captain, winning 69 and losing just 36 matches. No other England captain has skippered the side for more than 70 matches. In T20 Internationals, Morgan once again leads the pack, captaining the England team in 46 T20Is, winning 25 and losing just 19 matches.

From Ireland to England

Without a shadow of a doubt, Eoin Morgan was a child prodigy. Morgan was selected in the Ireland under-19 team to play in the 2004 Under-19 Cricket World Cup. He finished the tournament as Ireland’s top run-scorer. Two years later, Morgan captained the Ireland under-19 team in the 2006 Under-19 World Cup where he once again made a mark becoming the second-highest run-scorer. Morgan made his Ireland senior team debut at the age of 16 and was an instant hit. However, the richer England Cricket Board seemed like a better opportunity.

It wasn’t a split-second decision for Morgan as he had ambitions to play for England since he was 13.

“From the age of 13, I wanted to play cricket for England. I’ve never felt any shame in saying this is what I wanted to do. And the people at home involved in cricket, they were like, ‘Fair play, it’s going to be unbelievable if you make it’. So I’ve never had any shame about this and my father’s never had any shame about it”, Morgan said in an interview.

Eoin Morgan went on to have an illustrious career with England, even leading them to their first-ever World Cup win in 2019. Morgan’s career with England started off in a pretty sedate fashion but two months prior to the 2015 World Cup, he was appointed skipper of the England team. They had a horrible World Cup, losing to Bangladesh to be dropped out of the tournament. However, Eoin Morgan led their comeback, changing England’s mindset in limited-overs cricket which culminated in one of their biggest ever moments in sporting history.

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