Ex-England captain Eoin Morgan retires from all forms of cricket

LONDON: One of the most prolific cricketers of the recent era, Eoin Morgan, who took England to their maiden ODI World Cup triumph, has announced his retirement from all forms of professional cricket.

Taking to Twitter on Monday, Morgan shared a note to bid adieu to his illustrious cricketing career, saying he would “still be involved in the game, working alongside broadcasters at international and franchise tournaments as a commentator and pundit”

“I believe that now is the right time to step away from the game that has given me so much over the years,” said the 36-year-old.

The former England captain had already called time on his international career in June last year.

During his 13-year international career with England, Morgan became the first captain to lead England to World Cup glory in 2019. The left-handed batter was also a part of England’s 2010 T20 World Cup-winning squad, held in the West Indies.

The left-handed batter is the all-time leading run-scorer and most-capped player for England Men in both ODIs and T20Is. In his record-breaking 225 ODIs, Morgan scored 6,957 runs, including 13 centuries at an average of 39.75.

In his 126 ODIs as captain, Morgan enjoyed 76 victories at the winning percentage of 60 – the best by an England captain in ODIs. In T20Is, however, he captained the England side in 72 matches, equal to India’s MS Dhoni as the most in the limited-overs format.

He also holds the world record for the highest number of sixes in an ODI inning, with 17 against Afghanistan at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.

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