Eoin Morgan, England white-ball captain, once again displayed during the 3rd One-day International game against his native Ireland, that why he is one of the most fearsome hitters of a cricket ball in the current era. The English thumped the Irish bowling attack to all corners of the Ageas Bowl to help England get into a commanding position in the third ODI.
After having won the toss and decided to bat first, Morgan found himself on the crease as early as the 4th over after the world champions lost both of their openers in Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow.
With England reeling at 2-14, Morgan player a perfect captains knock to register his 14th hundred in 50-over cricket. On a pitch that showed signs of a hint of movement in the initial overs, Morgan looked like he was batting on a completely different track.
Eoin Morgan breaks MS Dhoni’s record of most sixes by a captain in ODIs
His innings have finesse, elegance, brutality, and astounding authoritativeness, so much so that it looked like a hundred was well and truly in the offing.
The English captain registered his 54th 50+ score- the most by an England batsman in history. Morgan was tested with the shortish stuff but the southpaw dealt it with disdain, smoking them for sixes over deep backward square-leg and fine-leg.
Morgan, who stitched a brilliant 146-run partnership with Tom Banton, racked up his 14th hundred [13th for England] in just 78 balls with a sumptuous straight-drive off Josh Little in the 25th over.
Such was the form that Morgan was in that it looked like a 200+ score might be in the offing for the World Cup-winning captain but Josh Little eventually had the last laugh as Morgan holed out at 106. During the course of his brutal knock, Morgan stroked four sixes and in the process, he broke MS Dhoni’s record  for most sixes in ODI cricket by a captain.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Eoin Morgan’s brilliant hundred-
3 – Eoin Morgan scored his 3rd men's ODI century at the Ageas Bowl; the joint-most ever recorded by an @englandcricket batsman at a specific venue (level with Trescothick at the Oval & Lord's). Previous. #ENGvIRE pic.twitter.com/QaTOj2KBov
— OptaJim (@OptaJim) August 4, 2020
• Most Hundreds as Captain Post World Cup 2015 :
Virat Kohli – 17
EOIN MORGAN – 7
Kane Williamson – 6
• Most Runs as Captain Post 2015 WC:
Virat Kohli – 4297 Runs (Avg 75.4, Sr 99)
EOIN MORGAN – 3572 Runs (Avg 46.3, SR 100) pic.twitter.com/2FsyHV2rwX
— Pranjal (@Pranjal_one8) August 4, 2020
What a shot that is to bring up the century!
100 for Eoin Morgan 🔥
That's his 14th ODI century in 239 matches.
It's been a superb innings.
England 182-3 after 25 overs
— Test Match Special (@bbctms) August 4, 2020
✔️ Most ODI runs for England
✔️ Most ODI 50s for England
✔️ Most ODI 4s for England
✔️ Most ODI 6s for England
— LUKE 1977 (@LukeRoper) August 4, 2020
Morgan is getting stuck into the spinners now. Across his ODI career he’s been robust against spinners – averaging more than 50 against them compared to 35 against the quicks. #ENGvIRE pic.twitter.com/XBivRWWF9y
— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) August 4, 2020
Most Sixes in International cricket as Captain:
212* – EOIN MORGAN
211 – MS Dhoni
171 – Ricky Ponting
170 – Brendon McCullum#ENGvIRE
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) August 4, 2020
No English cricketer has ever captained more ODIs, won more ODI games or won more World Cup games than Eoin Morgan.
No English batsman has ever scored more ODI runs or scored more ODI half-centuries than Eoin Morgan.
— bet365 (@bet365) August 4, 2020
Assume everyone else is watching this thinking Eoin Morgan is going to score a double ton.
— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) August 4, 2020
Eoin Morgan makes it look so easy when he is in the zone. Sensational ball-striker. pic.twitter.com/3dByDR0RKI
— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) August 4, 2020
I'm an Eoin Morgan simp fite me
— Butter Chimken simp (@chupliberal) August 4, 2020
Fancy Jason Roy's England record ODI score of 180 might be under threat with Eoin Morgan in this sort of mood – 80 off 69 balls with 28(!) overs left
— Matt Roller (@mroller98) August 4, 2020
🏴 𝙈𝙤𝙨𝙩 𝟱𝟬+ 𝙊𝘿𝙄 𝙨𝙘𝙤𝙧𝙚𝙨 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙀𝙣𝙜𝙡𝙖𝙣𝙙
— The Cricketer (@TheCricketerMag) August 4, 2020