Former England captain Nasser Hussain hailed current white-ball captain, Eoin Morgan, as the best leader they’ve ever had in the 50-over and 20-over format of international cricket.
Morgan was at the center point of England’s white-ball revolution after the horrendous showing in the 2015 ODI World Cup. He changed the thought process in the 50-over format, which eventually resulted in England’s first-ever ODI World Cup win in 2019.
“Eoin Morgan has been the most influential white-ball cricketer, white-ball captain that England have ever had. He’s been our best white-ball captain, he’s been a fantastic player, and he gave us the best moment in English white-ball cricket. Of late, by his own high standards, he has been short of runs.”
“He’s also been short of fitness. And he will not want to happen to the next captain what happened to Morgan in 2015 in Australia when he was given a hospital pass three months before the tournament. There’s a World T20 in Australia in October-November, he wants to give whoever takes on the captaincy enough time to mould the side,” Morgan mentioned.
“He was crystal clear on the direction of the team” – Nasser Hussain
Hussain praised Morgan for having a clear-cut idea of where he wanted to take the team. Under his leadership, England has posted over four totals above 400, including the two biggest totals ever (498/4 against The Netherlands & 481/6 against Australia).
“This bloke was crystal clear on the direction of the team. He viewed 50-over cricket as an extension of the 20-over game. Every single ball was an opportunity to score.”
“Not only did he change the culture of the squad of 15, all the way through English cricket we are now producing white-ball batters, from every county. That’s probably another reason for him to stand down, he doesn’t want to hold anyone back,” he also mentioned.