Play as much franchise cricket as you can - Eoin Morgan

Play as much franchise cricket as you can – Eoin Morgan

Back in 2013 when Eoin Morgan was on his way to be a part of his first ever IPL, he had received some backlash. In England, playing in IPL was seen as going against the establishment. He was dropped from the test side owing to his rebellious decision. Andy Flower had warned him that if he wishes to play Test Cricket again, he must come back. Morgan denied the request then, stating that he is “learning a lot more in IPL”. 

Everyone knows how far Morgan has come since then. He is the ODI World Cup winning captain, a regular at franchise cricket and now playing for Delhi Bulls at Abu Dhabi T10. Guess what, who is the coach of Delhi Bulls? Andy Flower. Quite an interesting story, isn’t it?

“Ten years ago, I didn’t ever realise how many franchise leagues there would be around the world,” Morgan told ESPNcricinfo. “The level of opportunity that players have now is great.
 
“I think a young Eoin Morgan, as a 22-23-year-old going to the IPL, it was a huge opportunity for me and I feel like I made the most out of it, learning from other players. But if I rewind to that same Eoin Morgan, having the opportunity to go out there and make mistakes as a young player and go head to head, almost three or four times every winter in different competitions with other people around the world that are really, really good international players, it’s an opportunity that can’t be missed.”
 
Morgan now being the veteran of short-format, has some advice for the youngsters. “The majority of the younger guys that haven’t played a lot of franchise cricket that come to T10 do really well, because they show a new attitude towards addressing what you need to do… it’s about eliminating any risk and looking at the challenge that lies ahead of you, without getting upset about it,” he said. “I think batters, certainly when I was growing up, would become precious about not getting out, whereas the game is changing at a fast rate.”
 
“The price on your wicket is nowhere near as much as it used to be. I say used to be, that’s five years ago… the game has changed so much over the last five years, guys are hitting it further, the fielding is a lot better, and the younger generation is doing that at ease. It’s great to see.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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