England’s limited over skipper Eoin Morgan has unearthed that his teammate’s participation in the 2019 IPL played a key role in helping the team claim its maiden World Cup triumph.
IPL was a part of our plan- Eoin Morgan
Morgan said he propelled chairman of England and Wales Cricket Board”s Cricket Committee, Andrew Strauss, to take the decision because he felt the pressure correlated with a world tournament can only be related by the cash-rich IPL.
“Playing in IPL was part of Strauss”s plan. I pushed him to make that call because in international bilateral series, it”s so difficult to replicate the pressure that”s there in Champions Trophy or the World Cup,” Morgan told Harsha Bhogle on ”Cricbuzz in Conversation”.
“He asked me what”s different? One, you play as an overseas player so there”s huge expectations. If you play in IPL, there”s different pressure and different expectation. Sometimes you can’t get away with it and you have to find a way to deal with it.” Morgan added.
Morgan said IPL helps players come out of their comfort zone.
“It takes you out of your comfort zone. It is completely beneficial to play in IPL. That was a big mindset shift for us. And I hope Indian cricket is alright with us because we are using it as a vehicle to try and grow players,” Morgan said.
Last year, England won their maiden World Cup title at home country, defeating New Zealand on boundary count rule in a spectacular final at the iconic Lord’s.