MANCHESTER: England captain Eoin Morgan stated he by no means thought he might shatter a six-hitting report or blast a century with a strike fee of over 200 after pulling off each in Tuesday’s World Cup romp towards Afghanistan.
Morgan clobbered 17 sixes, yet another than the earlier report shared by India’s Rohit Sharma, West Indies’ Chris Gayle and South African AB de Villiers, in an audacious show of ball-striking at Previous Trafford.
“By no means, by no means have I ever thought I might play a knock like that. I’m delighted that I’ve,” Morgan informed a information convention after his career-best 148 earned him the man-of-the-match award.
“I feel coming in on the time the place it was a 50-50 shout whether or not myself or Jos (Buttler) went in in all probability helped that, as a result of after I confronted a couple of balls, I had no alternative.
“I needed to begin taking dangers due to him coming in subsequent, after which after I obtained dropped, it was a matter of simply maintain going. Yeah, a kind of days.”
Morgan was on 28 when Dawlat Zadran dropped him within the deep, a mistake Afghanistan had been left to rue because the southpaw tore into them throughout his 71-ball blitzkrieg.
“To be truthful, the final 4 years, I’ve in all probability performed the very best in my profession, however that hasn’t concerned a 50 or 60-ball 100.
“I scored one in Middlesex…So I assumed I’d have it within the locker someplace, but it surely’s by no means occurred. So I kind of gave up on it a bit of bit.”
Morgan was significantly harsh on Afghanistan’s spin spearhead Rashid Khan whose 9-0-110-Zero is the worst bowling figures within the historical past of World Cup.
Requested the way it felt to own the brand new six-hitting report, Morgan stated, “Actually, I don’t know. It’s bizarre. Like I discussed, together with the innings, it’s one thing I by no means thought I’d do. It’s a pleasant place to be.”
Morgan was not even sure to play the sport after struggling again spasm in final week’s victory towards West Indies however assured it was holding up.
“Completely delighted with the way in which it’s come by means of that, significantly with the fielding. That was one of many larger worries, turning and diving and all types,” he stated.
England rode on Morgan’s innings to plunder practically 200 of the final 15 overs and the captain admitted they exceeded the their very own expectations.
“We had been heading in the right direction for 280, 290, possibly 300,” Morgan stated.
“I assumed it was fairly cagey. I assumed the wicket was a bit of bit cheesy and we had been at all times speaking about getting a late 200 rating, and we thought that will have been sufficient to be aggressive.”