England’s limited-overs captain, Eoin Morgan believes that the experience his players will gain in the upcoming 14th edition of the IPL will be useful in preparation for the T20 World Cup later in the year in India.
On Saturday, England lost the 5th T20I against India and the series by a 3-2 scoreline. But Eoin Morgan opines that his side has learned plenty about playing in the Indian conditions and also take back positive with their two victories.
Morgan, who took over Kolkata Knight Riders captaincy reins from Dinesh Karthik mid-season last year, says that any opportunity in the IPL 2021 for his players will help them get acclimatized to the conditions.
“Taking advantage of the upcoming IPL is going to be huge. As a team and individuals, we don’t want to stand still, we want to continue to move forward. Any opportunity guys get at the IPL, you want to try to make the most of it,” Eoin Morgan said on Saturday.
“We’re going to be playing at home all summer and then we got to Bangladesh and Pakistan. You know, there’s limited opportunity to get our best XI in those games. So I think the experience over the next couple of months is probably the most valuable, and then having the time to work on your game after that,” he added.
Nobody’s position is nailed on, including myself: Eoin Morgan
Despite England being considered as one of the favorites for the World Cup owing to their almost settled eleven and brilliant white-ball form in recent years, the skipper says that nobody, including himself, has a position fixed and cannot take their spot in the eleven for granted.
The Three Lions are supposed to take on Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Bangladesh in the lead-up to the World Cup – with several players to be rested at a different stage in the summer, Eoin Morgan asks for flexibility and commitment from the fringe players.
“I think we’re too far away from the World Cup to see who could be in and out of the squad, what we will have throughout the summer is opportunities for those guys to stake their claim. Nobody’s nailed on. If any player including myself looks that far ahead and think that their position is nailed down, they’re mistaken because we want to improve as the rest of the world progresses.
“T20 as a game is progressing faster than any other of the formats, so we need to be quite flexible in how we want to improve. We can’t be rigid. We looked at it last summer with guys like Tom Banton, Sam Billings, and Moeen Ali (who has) taken on great responsibility when he’s had the opportunity,” the 34-year-old skipper asserted.