Gargi Raut ∙ Sep 10 2022, 9:05 AM

#OTD: England's greatest ODI skipper Eoin Morgan was born 

image-l7vm3s2rEoin Morgan 

On this day 36 years ago, Eoin Morgan was born in Dublin, Ireland. 

The man who completely changed the face of England's white-ball cricket. After a disappointing loss in the 2015 World Cup, Morgan took the reins of transforming the white-ball approach. 

With his charismatic persona, never-ending patience and leadership skills, Morgan transformed England cricket, all with a smile on his face. 

Morgan takes the reins 

England had a heartbreaking run in the 2015 World Cup and followed a phase of dark and dispiriting losses. The team, was so far unsatisfactory in the shorter formats. Slow, steady and 'textbook' cricket was their go-to plan for every white-ball game.  

Morgan was quick to turn the screws deep in how England approached white-ball cricket. He instilled in the management and the squad an agenda to play fearless, aggressive and almost combative style of cricket. 

England now had an explosive partnership, but off the field. Alongside Trevor Bayliss, the duo revolutionised the mindset of the team. 

Credit where it's due 

Leading with example, Morgan was all talk and all play, leading the team from the front, he went out to bat and put big runs on the scoreboard. 

Morgan captained 126 ODIs, and clinched 76 wins (most by any England ODI captain). He also has recorded the most T20I wins as captain (42). 

Morgan scripting history 

  • Most ODI appearances for England (248)
  • Most ODI runs for England (7701 in 248 matches)
  • Most ODI sixes for England (220)
  • Most ODI sixes in an innings (17)
  • Most ODI 50s for England (42)
  • Most wins as England captain (76)
  • Most wins as T20I captain (42)

All's well that ends well 

After almost a couple years of tormenting and unnerving batting form, Morgan bid farewell to the game from the international stage. The former skipper should feel nothing but chest swelling pride looking back on his career. 

The skipper single-handedly transformed the game, walking into the field wielding a weapon more dangerous than anything a batter could possibly carry - his smile. Win or lose, runs or duck, with the weight of the world on his shoulders; Morgan always walked around with a menacing smile on his face. 

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