NOTHING BIG IN BILATERAL SERIES
Eoin Morgan is rejoicing the prospect of the ODI series winner at Headingley, Leeds on Tuesday, July 17 after England won the three-match series with a victory by 86 runs over India in the second ODI. But the captain declared he does like bilateral series as such, even one as competitive as this.
The third ODI on Tuesday will decide the series winner.
Morgan said, “I am not a huge fan of bilateral series”.
“But having a game like this is extremely important for us.”
“I do prefer a tri-series. The context. Every game brings along with it something different and significance.”
THIS SERIES DOESN’T DECIDE THE WORLD CUP
But Morgan is not getting ahead of himself, even if England’s win means that they will retain their number one ranking despite the result.
According to him this bears no resemblance to next year’s World Cup final.
“No not at all,” replies Morgan. “The world cup format has changed so much with the Round Robin, so you have a lot of games.You have to turn up and perform well on that day. This will be one of them. Given circumstances, conditions. Kuldeep might bowl really well but we just need to be focussed to play well.”
When asked about Kuldeep’s delivery,Morgan says,”We started better against him. And the more we face him the easier he will be to pick. But you still have to be concentrated. I thought Joe did quite well in that, his rotation of strike, his calm head. I thought we did much better.”
NOT DHONI’S FAULT
Lastly, he chose the diplomatic reply when asked about the majority Indian crowd blaming Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the game slipped away from his side. He came on the crease at 140 for four, with 23 overs left to take India to their target of 323.
Yet Dhoni did not hurry, taking up 59 balls for a modest 37. Morgan, who has plenty of IPL experience, explained,”It is something that happens in India often, and when you are playing in front of a largely Indian crowd, you will get reactions like that.
So when you hit a boundary there will be absolute silence,no one would say anything or even when you take a wicket. In fact,the ground half empties when you are winning.”