Eoin Morgan retirement: five moments that defined one of the best modern-day captains

One of the best modern captains in the world, Eoin Morgan took off his shoes on Tuesday. However, he had already revealed that he was going to take a big step, especially after pulling out of the third ODI against the Netherlands in Amsterdam.

Dublin-born Morgan is an Irishman who represented his country before moving to neighboring England, where he made a name for himself as a batsman and then as a captain. We take a look at five moments that defined Eoin Morgan as we know him.

go to england

Dublin-born Eoin Morgan moved to England in 2009. But before that he had represented Ireland in 2007 Cricket World Cup in West Indies where he had a dry run. Batting at 3, he managed to score 91 runs in nine matches which was shocking. A year earlier, as a youngster, he had scored 338 runs and was the second highest run-scorer just behind Cheteshwar Pujara for Ireland in the 2006 Under-19 World Cup.

Tasted the first win in 2010

Morgan’s decision to switch allegiance paid dividends as he won his first major trophy within a year in the 2010 T20 World Cup in the West Indies. England defeated Australia in the final and Kevin Pietersen was the man of the tournament. But the 24-year-old caught the attention of the selectors as he managed to score 183 runs at an average of 36.6. As a result, he became a mainstay in the English middle order and was promoted to the position of captaincy for the 2015 World Cup when Alastair Cook announced his retirement from white-ball cricket.

world cup of doom

A young Morgan was bad enough to handle the old, conservative England team, stubborn enough to adapt to the ever-changing white-ball cricket. As a result, his first major tournament as captain was a blast. England never progressed as they lost the trophy opener against Australia and were later ousted by Bangladesh, paving the way for a complete restructuring. However, he was retained as the captain.

Morgan Mocks Afghanistan with explosive batting

Morgan found himself in action as England faced a home World Cup four years later. Although he started the tournament with a half-century, it was the game against Afghanistan that he really stood tall. To score some runs, Morgan launched a tsunami of sixes, scoring an impressive 148 in just 71 balls.
His innings included 17 sixes – the most by any player in an ODI innings – while his century came from just 57 balls, the fastest by an England batsman in a World Cup match.

won the world cup

Four years later, life came full circle for the Irish-born cricketer as he won the World Cup in a close encounter with New Zealand that saw a Super Over. It was a competition like any other. Although he failed with the bat again, he was instrumental in keeping the team calm as England pulled the match into the eliminator, only to win it. Morgan, who had come to England in search of a bright future, had finally made his dream a reality. Eventually he got emotional.

“It’s been a four-year journey, we’ve developed a lot in those years, especially in the last two years,” he said after the nail-biting victory.

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