Eoin Morgan revealed that England cricketers’ participation in IPL 2019 was part of participation in the World Cup. He said that he had pushed Andrew Strauss, the ECB chairman to send players to IPL as a build-up to the showpiece event.
Eoin Morgan reveals England’s strategy
England’s maiden World Cup title saw Eoin Morgan’s able captaincy throughout the tournament. A dramatic win in the final match again Kane Williamson’s New Zealand turned out be one of the most memorable moments in the history of ODI cricket. In a recent conversation with Harsha Bhogle for Cricbuzz, Morgan revealed how IPL had played a big part behind the historic triumph.
Morgan said that he had pushed Andrew Strauss to take a decision in favour of sending England cricketers to play IPL ahead of the World Cup. To Morgan, the pressure of playing in an Indian Premier League is never less than playing in the ICC World Cup. “Playing in IPL was part of Strauss’s plan. I pushed him to make that call because in international bilateral series, it’s so difficult to replicate the pressure that’s there in Champions Trophy or the World Cup.”
The important of IPL
Eoin Morgan, England’s World Cup-winning skipper further recalled the conversation he had with Andrew Strauss regarding the same. “He asked me what’s different? One, you play as an overseas player so there’s huge expectations. If you play in IPL, there’s different pressure and different expectation. Sometimes you can’t get away with it and you have to find a way to deal with it.”
Eoin Morgan opined that in IPL it is important to come out of one’s comfort zone. So the league helps the players to change the mindset which is highly beneficial. “It takes you out of your comfort zone. It is completely beneficial to play in IPL. That was a big mindset shift for us. And I hope Indian cricket is alright with us because we are using it as a vehicle to try and grow players,” he said.