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India is a great place to come and win a series : Eoin Morgan

By Rashmi -
Eoin Morgan, the limited overs skipper of the England Cricket team, said that the forthcoming three-match ODI series against India is a frightening confront. He also said that Indian is a great place to come and win a series because they are very good at home. The skipper also articulated contentment at the quality of the teams his side, which will face in the two warm-up games tomorrow and on January 12 here.

On the eve of England’s opening game against an India A side led by India’s most successful captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the Irish-born captain stated, “Playing abroad is a different challenge, a challenge which everyone is looking forward to. India is a great place to come and win a series because they are very good at home. I think the two warm-up games (at the Cricket Club of India) have strong sides. It’s a great preparation to adapt and perform at skill levels that are needed here to win,” 

England has a poor record in the 50-over format of the game record in India of three successive defeats, which includes 5-0 whitewashes in 2008-09 and 2012 followed by the 3-2 defeat in their previous series in 2013.

The hard-hitting batsman said about the captaincy skills of MS Dhoni, who has recently stepped down from the limited overs captaincy. He said, “MS is obviously a very good captain, has been for a long time and his leadership in the 2011 World Cup was exceptional. His record speaks for itself.”

This is the first ODI, which will play under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, the English skipper stated on this, “Virat has a little bit of an advantage in that he has been captain in the Test scene now. Of course, he is a very good player. (But) You know, until you captain (lead), you don’t know how things will go,”

The English men are now only focused on white ball cricket till the Champions Trophy, which is host by the country in June. As a result, the series supposed additional significance for them, says Morgan.

The 30-year-old Dublin-born cricketer, “I am extremely excited about the next five-six months leading towards the Champions Trophy as we have only white ball cricket from now up to that. I think in the context of the next five months it’s important to get a good start. For the built-in that we have had and our record at home, considering that the next two (ICC) tournaments are at home, it’s crucial.”

There have been nine of his team members took part in the 4-0 Test series defeat and they are also selected for the upcoming ODI series against India. When asked would have any effect on how they will play in the limited overs versions? 

Morgan responded, “They are very motivated. In India, regardless which format has been played first, the side generally improves and since this side has been together there has been no backlash or no repercussions from any performance. I don’t expect it to have any effect,” 

The skipper said, “Before we played together as a group two years ago there was always nervous anticipation about what to come. I have been surprised at the level of skills and consistency we have shown between now and then. I am impressed.”

The skipper said that they have a fantastic bunch of players and they have achieved great success in little periods. 

When asked whether he considered himself as a certainty for the Champions Trophy? He replied, “We have grown and learnt and also got a small bit of success. Nothing is a certainty, absolutely nothing. I think things have gone pretty well for us. Over a small period of time, we have had a little bit of success. We have a fantastic group of players, very talented and very driven, and they want to do well,”

He also said that he has no regret of not having Bangladesh tour due to security concerns. He added, “I don’t regret that at all. I am comfortable about that decision.”

Morgan also informed that key batsman Joe Root has not traveled with the team for personal reasons, but he will be available for selection for the first ODI against India at Pune. Root is expected to arrive here on January 12. 

The English skipper stated, “They (Root and his wife) have had a baby and he should be here and ready for selection for the first ODI,”