IPL 2021: England’s limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan opens up about playing in IPL. The English batsman feels the Indian Premier League has massively helped England and its cricketers to evolve in their game. Especially in the 50 over format which England won in 2019.
Often former cricketers from England are seen criticising the players for prioritising franchise cricket especially IPL.
“Yeah, we have benefitted from it (the IPL) massively and we are thankful for it and it has been a huge part in our development, particularly in the 50-over campaign towards the 2019 World Cup,” Morgan said at a virtual press conference.
When asked about getting criticism for playing IPL more often, Eoin Morgan said, “With two T20 World Cups just around the corner, we will be focused to play in the competitive T20 cricket. IPL helps us develop our game and boosts our confidence.”
“I think it (the IPL experience) is huge. I think even regardless of the players involved in the World Cup, the development process that they go through just by being there, rubbing shoulders with the best in the world, being exposed to the pressures of being an overseas player in the biggest tournament in the world, priceless in many ways,” he explained.
India vs England T20I Challenge:
England will get to know where they stand in the T20 World Cup race in the coming five T20Is against India. The ICC T20 World Cup 2021 is slated to be conducted in India around October-November. India will be a huge test for the Englishmen ahead of the T20 World Cup later this year.
“It is going to be from our point of view a learning process, going through what positions we might find ourselves in seven month’s time at the World Cup, with a perfect case scenario that we are playing against one of the best sides in the world, in their backyard and we know they are very difficult to beat,” Morgan said.
Morgan admitted India to be a formidable side, particularly on their home conditions. The limited-overs leg will be a good challenge for them ahead.
“India are a tough side to defeat, they have done well in the past and now we are playing in their backyard. It will be a good series from a learning and competition point of view.”
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