England’s World Cup winning captain Eoin Morgan announced retirement from international cricket on June 28, 2022. The Dublin-born cricketer stepped down as England’s leading run-scorer and most-capped player in both white-ball formats.
Morgan played 225 ODIs for England, scoring 6,957 runs, including 13 hundreds. In T20Is, the left-handed batter represented England in 115 matches and scored 2458 runs. Morgan captained the English team in 126 ODIs and oversaw 76 triumphs with a win percentage of 60 per cent – the best win record by any England Men’s ODI Captain. He also led the Three Lions in 72 T20Is, equal to India’s MS Dhoni as the most in the shortest format.
“After careful deliberation and consideration, I am here to announce my retirement from international cricket with immediate effect. To call time on what has been without a doubt the most enjoyable and rewarding chapter of my career hasn’t been an easy decision, but I believe now is the right time to do so, both for me, personally, and for both England white-ball sides I have led to this point,” said Morgan in an official statement.
Following Morgan’s retirement, the cricket fraternity paid tribute to the legendary England captain. India legend Sachin Tendulkar extended his good wishes to Morgan.
“Congratulations on a wonderful career, @Eoin16. You gave cricket fans several moments to cherish. Best wishes to you. May your 2nd innings be as successful as the first,” tweeted Tendulkar.
Congratulations on a wonderful career, @Eoin16. You gave cricket fans several moments to cherish. Best wishes to you. May your 2nd innings be as successful as the first. pic.twitter.com/zLSvaluZQr
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) June 28, 2022
Morgan’s former teammate from Ireland, Niall John O Brien, reckoned the left-handed batter changed the game in a global context.
“What a career you have had. Changed the way people think and play the game not just in England but globally. Wishing you well in your next chapter. @Eoin16,” tweeted John O Brien.
What a career you have had. Changed the way people think and play the game not just in England but globally. Wishing you well in your next chapter. @Eoin16
— Niall John O Brien (@niallnobiobrien) June 28, 2022
Pakistan cricket icon Mohammad Hafeez wrote: “Congratulations mate on fantastic desirable career. To me, u are game changer for @ECB_cricket in white ball cricket as captain. Loads of respect for ur services. Real entertainer @Eoin16 cricket world wil miss u. Best wishes for future endeavours. Stay blessed.”
Congratulations mate on fantastic desirable career. To me u are game changer for @ECB_cricket in white ball cricket as captain. Loads of respect for ur services. Real entertainer @Eoin16 cricket world wil miss u. Best wishes for future endeavours. Stay blessed https://t.co/FYrqvfrq92
— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) June 29, 2022
Here is how others reacted:
Captain leader legend. Thanks for everything boss ️ pic.twitter.com/U5bMBPbgZI
— Jos Buttler (@josbuttler) June 28, 2022
Thank You for everything Boss @Eoin16 pic.twitter.com/PQggDGIcez
— Liam Livingstone (@liaml4893) June 28, 2022
Congrats on an incredible career @Eoin16
— Danielle Wyatt (@Danni_Wyatt) June 28, 2022
ℂ𝔸ℙ𝕋𝔸𝕀ℕ. 𝕃𝔼𝔸𝔻𝔼ℝ. 𝕃𝔼𝔾𝔼ℕ𝔻
Wishing @Eoin16 a happy retirement. pic.twitter.com/RjJWDwDOvA
— ICC (@ICC) June 28, 2022
A leader par excellence!
Wish you a happy second innings, @Eoin16 #ThankYouMorgs #AmiKKR #EoinMorgan pic.twitter.com/dLIPYLjbUL
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) June 28, 2022
Well done @Eoin16 on a fantastic career for England. As the skipper you changed the mind set with which white-ball cricket was played in the country.
All the very best for the second innings!
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) June 28, 2022
’s World Cup-winning captain and our former 🦁 @eoin16 has called time on his majestic international career! ️
PBKS family wishes him all the very best for the second innings of his life! #SaddaPunjab #PunjabKings pic.twitter.com/ojxELk1SEH
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) June 28, 2022
To the skipper who led @englandcricket to their #SeasonOfFirsts
Congratulations on a stellar career, @Eoin16!
[: Outlook India] pic.twitter.com/XxvmHqrnvm
— Gujarat Titans (@gujarat_titans) June 28, 2022
Congratulations on a very fine career @Eoin16. I’ve loved watching how you lead, you’ve changed the game. Happy retirement! https://t.co/DWLMyxJ61H
— Heather Knight (@Heatherknight55) June 29, 2022
Congratulations, Eoin Morgan @Eoin16. I have admired & respected your outlook towards the game enormously.What a career & what a transformational leader. Few players have had as much of an impact on the white ball game as you have. Well done, hopefully our paths continue to cross
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 27, 2022
Congrats on a top and telling career, Eoin.
All the best with the next chapter.
— Mpumelelo Mbangwa (@mmbangwa) June 29, 2022
Congratulations @Eoin16 on a fantastic international career. Best of luck with the next chapter of your life. https://t.co/yLy7v3iT6I
— Shadab Khan (@76Shadabkhan) June 28, 2022
Be very proud of your career @Eoin16! You have done a fantastic job and inspired many. Wishing you the best in all your future endeavours
— Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) June 28, 2022