England captain Eoin Morgan wasn’t too perturbed at the presentation party in the wake of the collapse of his batting-unit in the first One-day International against India, stating that going hard at the opposition bowlers has been the mantra of their success in white-ball cricket in the last six years and one bad batting display will not change their approach in the future.
Chasing 318 to win, England got off to a blazing start thanks to the opening duo of Jason Roy and especially Jonny Bairstow, who en-route to his whirlwind 66-ball 94, smashed the Indian bowlers to all corners of the MCA Stadium.
England blazed away to 0/135 in a mere 14.1 overs before Prasidh Krishna finally ended the onslaught by claiming the wicket of Jason Roy [46 off 35 balls]. The wicket of Roy opened the floodgates as the visitors proceeded to lose their last nine wickets for 116 runs to hand India a 66-run win.
Speaking at the post-match presentation, Eoin Morgan defended his teams’ No holds barred approach, stating that with one eye on the World Cup, the batting-unit is eyeing at pushing the envelope and that they don’t mind losing a game by a margin that they eventually did as compared to losing by 10-20 runs,
”Did a lot of things right today. Wicket was brilliant as well which made for an entertaining game. There was something for the seamers but if you got in, you could score heavily too. Our bad days with the bat make it look worse than usual. Need to execute better than we did today. When you look at our top seven in particular, we’ve all scored under 60 ball hundreds. That’s the way we want to play. With one eye on the WC, we want to try and push the envelope in that regard. Sometimes it doesn’t work. But for us it’s better to lose like that than losing by 10-20 runs,” said Eoin Morgan.
Morgan reiterated that England will continue to play with the same approach but he lamented on the fact that his batsmen couldn’t take advantage of the dew. He also heaped praise on his fast bowlers for employing traditional Test match lengths.
”That’s the way we’ll continue playing. Fitness levels have moved the game forward, bats have moved the game forward. Important for us to dictate the way we play and reinforce the method that’s worked for us. Our bowlers did an outstanding job with traditional Test lengths and line that proved effective. Didn’t probably play well enough to take advantage of the dew. Which is disappointing because the toss is an advantage here in India,” he added.