Eoin Morgan - The Dangerous Left-Handed Batsman
The outstanding southpaw was born on 10 September 1986 in Dublin. His father, Jody Morgan, used to play for Rush Cricket Club and was the Third XI captain. Morgan's cricket career started from a very early age as he used to play for the Leinster Senior Schools Cup Champions teams. He represented Ireland youth team and was capped at Under-13, Under-15 and Under-17 level and became Ireland's youngest senior international player. He was then selected in the Irish under-19 squad for the 2004 Under-19 Cricket World Cup and was also the top run-scorer in the competition for Ireland Team. After two years, he was made the captain of Ireland Under-19 squad for the 2006 World Cup, where he was the second-highest run-scorer. Morgan has also played for Finchley CC and is also the leading run-scorer in the Under-19 Cricket World Cup history with an aggregate of 606 runs.
Test Cricket Career
Eoin Morgan made his test debut on 27 May 2010 against Bangladesh, in which he made 44 runs in his first innings, and England won the match by eight wickets, making Bangladesh follow-on. He scored 37 runs in the second test match, and England won by 80 runs, also taking the series. When Morgan played his second test match against Pakistan team, he made a century and helped England win. Though he was inconsistent in the series, people had begun noticing his talent. He followed it up with good performances, which were impressive, to say the least, like in the series against India wherein in the second, third, and fourth Test match, he played exceptionally well and scored a century. All these knocks bode well for England’s future.
Moreover, Eoin Morgan got his big breakthrough during the Champions Trophy in South Africa, held in 2009. Matt Prior wasn’t playing and Morgan made it count by making back- to -back 60s against Sri Lanka and South Africa.
Eoin Morgan ODI Career
He made his ODI debut on 5 August 2006 for Ireland against Scotland, where he was dismissed on 99, making him the only player to get out for 99 on debut. He got a chance to celebrate his first hundred against Canada on 4 February 2007 and became the youngest known non-sub continental player to score a hundred in ODIs.
Morgan represented Ireland in the 2007 World Cup, but they didn't qualify for the finals. The tournament was sub-par for him personally, too, as he scored only 91 runs in 9 innings. Morgan became the first Ireland cricketer to make a first-class double century, being unbeaten for 209 runs against UAE in February 2007 at Abu Dhabi. Morgan played 23 ODIs in total for Ireland, in which he made 744 runs with an average of 35.42.
Eoin Morgan’s batting talent came to the fore and he started representing England when he played for England Lions in a tour match against South Africa. He made a partnership of 113 runs with Samit Patel and took England Lions to victory. Because of his performance in the game, he was selected for the 30-man squad for T20 World Cup by Ireland. He quit the series as he was chosen for the 15-man team for the T20 World Cup for England Cricket team, thus starting his journey as an England player.
During that time, the England team went through a very rough phase, losing many matches and didn't even qualify for the 2015 World Cup playoffs. This is when this dynamic captain took over with his fearless attitude and made a new team with young, talented players and it paid off. Morgan also led the team in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, which they won by beating New Zealand in the finals.
This match was played at Lord's in London on 14 July 2019. it was an edge-of-the-seat thriller, both teams finishing at 241 by the end of the game. Then Super over was played in which both made 15 runs, ending in a tie again. England was declared the winner based on the number of boundaries. They had hit 26 as against New Zealand’s 17, making them World Cup champions for the first time in history.
Eoin Morgan IPL Career
This left-handed batsman has played under many IPL teams and has been praised for his powerful and audacious batting.
Eoin Morgan debuted for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2010, but he spent two years with Kolkata Knight Riders from 2011 to 2013, where this ‘finisher’ made significant contributions. He was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2015 and also played for them in 2016. In 2017, he was bought by Kings XI Punjab but failed to make a mark. Morgan has not been a regular in the IPL, as he has had to skip the mega event to fulfill national duties as England’s captain. With his hard work and aggressive leadership, he has made England the number one team in ODI today. This year, Eoin Morgan’s current team is KKR and he was purchased for an auction price of $350,000. He will undoubtedly be a valuable addition to the team because of his extraordinary batting and leadership skills.
Other T20 Career
Eoin Morgan had also played in the Pakistan Super League for Peshawar Zalmi in 2017; he was bought for US$ 140,000. He became a part of Karachi Kings next year, where he scored a good amount of runs.
He was drafted into Tshwane Spartans in October 2018 for the first edition of the Mzansi Super League T20 tournament. Below are Eoin Morgan’s stats in ODI, Test, T20 and IPL matches.
Eoin Morgan’s wife, Tara Morgan, got married to him in November 2018. They are proud parents of a boy named 'Leo Louis Oliver Morgan.'