England’s limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan revealed on Thursday that they have “massively benefitted” by the IPL and its “priceless” experience would help them in the upcoming T20 World Cup which is slated to take place in India in October as well. Notably, they are often criticised by the former cricketers for playing in the cash-rich league.
“Yeah, we have benefitted from it (the IPL) massively and we are thankful for it and it has been a huge part in our development, particularly in the 50-over campaign towards 2019 World Cup,” Eoin Morgan said at a virtual press conference.
Prior to the series opener, Morgan was asked about this and the captain revealed how the English players got benefitted from this league. He even said that from his personal point of view, he has learnt many things by playing in the league as well. Eoin Morgan, who has so far played 97 T20Is, referred to the league as “huge”.
“I think even regardless of the players involved in the World Cup, the development process that they go through just by being there, rubbing shoulders with the best in the world, being exposed to the pressures of being an overseas player in the biggest tournament in the world, priceless in many ways,” he further explained.
While Team India will host the next T20 World Cup, the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League will start on April 9 and play in six venues as well.
Meanwhile, questions were going around regarding the opening pair as to who should fit into the place alongside Rohit Sharma? However, India captain Virat Kohli has revealed India’s openers for the series opener. Kohli has confirmed that it will be KL Rahul who will open for India with Rohit Sharma in the first T20I against England. He also added that Shikhar Dhawan will be a ‘third opener’, ruling out the speculations of all three of them playing together in the playing XI.
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