Full name: Eoin Joseph Gerard Morgan
Born: September 10, 1986, Dublin
Current age: 24 years
Major teams: England, Ireland, Bangalore Royal Challengers, England A,
Ireland A, Ireland Under-19s, Middlesex, Middlesex 2nd XI, Sir Paul
Batting style: Left-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm medium
Fielding position: Cover point
Height: 5 ft 9 in
Eoin Morgan has risen in stature in the 2009/2010 season to become
one of the most prolific and dangerous batsman in world cricket.
Originally a represented of his native Ireland at international
level, Morgan made the switch to play for England in 2007. He is the
only player in history to score an ODI hundred for two nations and is
particularly noted for his lower-order hitting ability, seeing him
labelled as a 'finisher'. He is also noted as being a great player of
the reverse sweep shot.
His growing stature was confirmed when he was the only England player
to be awarded a new contract at the auction for the third season of
the IPL in January 2010. He was signed for $220,000 by Royal
Challengers Bangalore, where he joined England team-mate Kevin
Pietersen. With much expected he failed to make an impression and was
soon left on the substitutes bench. However, he returned to his best
for England in the World Twenty20 that followed, as his powerful
shot-making and coolness under pressure helped him to 183 runs and
England to their first ever triumph in global limited-overs events.
Since then, he has been instrumental as a competent, tactical and
technically gifted innings finisher, whether batting first or last –
a role that England has long struggled to fill. His ODI record reads
well for someone at the start of his career, with his 55 matches
producing 1798 runs at an average of 40.86. His strike rate of 81.24
is impressive too, indicating his ability to manoeuvre the ball
around the park, as well as strike boundaries.
In the field, Morgan must be counted in the top 5 most agile
fielders, and although he is capable of taking the gloves if
required, his influence is most felt when he fields at cover point.