England’s fast bowler Jofra Archer has expressed surprise about the retirement of England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan. He has said that this was something that he did not expect. Jofra Archer made his debut for England under the captaincy of Eoin Morgan. He said that Morgan reposed full faith in his players. Along with this, he also told about an incident related to the 2019 World Cup.
Jofra Archer mentions the 2019 World Cup final
In his column for the Daily Mail, Jofra Archer said he did not expect Morgan to retire. At the same time, he also told what happened between him and Morgan in the final of the World Cup 2019 when New Zealand needed three runs in the last two balls in the Super Over. Archer said,
To be honest, I didn’t expect it at all. I remember an incident in the 2019 World Cup final when I was doing a Super Over against New Zealand at Lord’s. The Kiwi team needed three runs in two balls to win. Morgan came up to me and said it was a gamble, and I would try to take wickets or bowl a dot ball. I said I wanted to bowl a bouncer. He said if I am sure, then I said yes, decorate the field for this. I didn’t expect Morgan to let me bowl because it was too risky at the time.
Let us tell you that Eoin Morgan has retired after more than 15 years of his career. The 35-year-old Morgan is the leading run-scorer for England in ODIs as well as the most successful captain in ODI cricket.
“I Didn’t Expect Eoin Morgan Retiring”- Jofra Archer
Morgan led England to their first 50-over World Cup title after defeating New Zealand on boundary count in the final. Archer, who bowled the tense super over in the final at Lord’s, said it was difficult to accept Morgan’s departure as England captain.
“We still use the WhatsApp group from that World Cup, and the message from Morgan to let us know he was retiring was waiting for me when I woke up this morning.” To be honest, it took some getting used to because it was so unexpected,” Archer wrote in his Daily Mail column.
“Leaving a few months before the World Cup is probably a surprise to many,” he added. “But he sees it as the right time and felt he was no longer influencing results with personal contributions.”
The absence of Eoin Morgan will undoubtedly have an impact on the team: Jofra Archer Morgan was out of shape and hadn’t been able to yield runs from his willow for over a year. In 2021, the Dublin-born player’s batting average in the shortest format fell to 16.67 T20Is.
Morgan played the first two T20Is against West Indies in early January. But, was subsequently ruled out of the five-match series due to a quad injury. Morgan had two consecutive ducks in the first two ODIs against the Netherlands.
Archer stated that it would not matter for England if Morgan did not score runs in the T20 World Cup. But, the way he inspired players to give their all under his leadership will be missed.
“However, I don’t believe that, and I don’t believe other players do either.” Archer wrote that it wouldn’t have mattered if Morgan didn’t score a single run at the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia as long as he was present.