Eoin Morgan Biography
Eoin Joseph Gerard Morgan is an Irish cricketer who is the captain of the England cricket team in One Day and Twenty20 Internationals.
He was born on 10th September 1986 in Dublin,Ireland.
He is a left-handed batsman and has played for England in Test, ODI and T20I matches.
He originally represented his native Ireland at international level before switching to play for England in 2009.
He was the first of only two players in history to score an ODI hundred for two nations.
Morgan started his career by representing Ireland's youth teams and was capped at Under-13, Under-15 and Under-17 level and eventually became Ireland's youngest senior international player.
He was selected in the Irish under-19 squad for the 2004 Under-19 Cricket World Cup, and was Ireland's top run-scorer in the competition.
Two years later in 2006, he was appointed as the captain of Ireland in the 2006 Under-19 World Cup where he finished as the second-highest overall run-scorer.
Morgan plays county cricket for Middlesex from 2006 and he has played for four IPL teams.
Morgan made his One Day International debut for Ireland on 5 August 2006 at the European Championships against Scotland.
He fell one run short of a century,scoring 99 before he was run out.It was the first time in ODI history that a player had been dismissed for 99 on debut.
In May 2009 he was named in England's 14-man squad to face West Indies in a three-match ODI series.
Morgan made his England debut in the second One Day International but he was not given much of a chance to impress with the bat, due to not coming in to bat until late in the innings, making scores of 2 and 6 not out, but was praised for his athletic fielding.
Rise to Glory
At the age of 23, he shot to prominence on the back of two match winning innings against South Africa.
In the year 2010, Morgan was in a purple patch, and continued his good form and led his team to victories on several occasions.
In 2009, his score of 85 runs from 45 balls helped England win the match by just a run with innings earning him the man of the match award.
Another score of 71 runs from 31 balls against India in 2014 was one of his best performance to send England on their way to a narrow victory.
Morgan was one of England's stand out batsmen and his performances earned him praise from the media.
Morgan’s career was surrounded with many injuries and surgeries which was the reason he could not perform consistently for his team.
His poor form continued for longer period of time and was a difficult phase for Morgan to come out with.
Morgan took part in the 2010 Indian Premier League and was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for a sum of $220,000.
Morgan was purchased by the Kolkata Knight Riders for $350,000 at the 2011 IPL auctions for the next 3 years.
In 2015, Eoin Morgan was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad for $150,000 and played 7 games for the Sunrisers in IPL 2016.
In 2017 IPL Auctions, he was bought by Kings XI Punjab for Rs. 2 Crore.He appeared for 52 matches in the IPL and scored 854 runs with an average of 21.35.
Morgan also played for the Peshawar Zalmi in 2017 season where he was bought for US$140,000 in Platinum Category.
He represented Karachi Kings in the 2018 season of the Pakistan Super League.
He also plays for Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League in 2017.
On 19 December 2014, 2 months before the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, it was announced that Alastair Cook had been removed as one-day captain due to poor form, and replaced by Morgan.
Morgan promised a more aggressive approach as captain and said England would be a more dynamic team.
He has also been the captain of England in T20 Internationals and was previously the captain of Ireland.
However,he has not been the best captains for his side but would definitely love to win big tournaments in near future in limited overs cricket.
Morgan's Record in Numbers
Morgan was the first cricketer to score a first-class double century for Ireland, with an unbeaten 209 against the United Arab Emirates in February 2007 at Abu Dhabi.
He is the only England captain to have scored more than 4 ODI centuries. He is the leading run scorer in U19 Cricket World Cup history with an aggregate of 606 runs.