Eoin Morgan Heads To The Maldives After IPL 2021 Was Postponed

Eoin Morgan, Kolkata Knight Riders skipper has headed to the Maldives as the foreign players who were part of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) started exiting India after the tournament was postponed. England and Kolkata Knight Riders captain, Eoin Morgan, has headed to the Maldives alongside pacer Pat Cummins, all-rounder Ben Cutting and mentor David Hussey. Eoin Morgan Heads To Maldives After IPL 2021 Was Indefinitely Postponed The 14th season of the Indian Premier League was suspended for an indefinite period by the BCCI earlier this week due to multiple covid cases across four different franchises,

Eoin Morgan Heads To The Maldives After IPL 2021 Was Postponed

Eoin Morgan, Kolkata Knight Riders skipper has headed to the Maldives as the foreign players who were part of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) started exiting India after the tournament was postponed.

England and Kolkata Knight Riders captain, Eoin Morgan, has headed to the Maldives alongside pacer Pat Cummins, all-rounder Ben Cutting and mentor David Hussey.

Eoin Morgan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Eoin Morgan Heads To Maldives After IPL 2021 Was Indefinitely Postponed

The 14th season of the Indian Premier League was suspended for an indefinite period by the BCCI earlier this week due to multiple covid cases across four different franchises, including Kolkata Knight Riders. With the IPL getting suspended, overseas players have started leaving the country.

The official Twitter account of KKR posted the update about Eoin Morgan’s departure that read:

Taking to Twitter, KKR wrote: “#KKR Overseas Players & Support Staff Travel Update: Goodbye to the Skipper, Mentor, Carnage Cummins and our ace all-rounder as they safely exit the Indian border into the Maldives. Wishing you legends safe transit home & see you soon! @DavidHussey29 #IPL2021 #StaySafe.”

Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders (Image Credit: Twitter)

Earlier on Wednesday, Danny Reuben — head of team communication for the England cricket team – had confirmed that 8 players were back in the UK and the remaining three players were set to leave India in the next 48 hours.

“I can confirm that 8 of the 11 England players in India managed to get on a flight to Heathrow last night and have landed this morning. They will now quarantine in government-approved hotels. The remaining three — Jordan, Malan, Morgan — should leave India within the next 48 hours,” he had told India.

An Irish-born Englishman with a reputation for inventive and audacious stroke-play, Eoin Morgan has proved to be one of the most innovative players in international cricket. Eoin Morgan is a natural finisher. He has spent most of his IPL career with KKR but represented the Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2015 and 2016 and played for Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) in 2017.

The 2019 World Cup-winning captain made a return to the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2020 after being one of the top buys for KKR in the 2020 IPL Auction. He also took over captaincy duties from Dinesh Karthik mid-season in 2020 and under him, KKR is placed 7th with 2 wins and 5 losses (4 points). Eoin Morgan failed with the bat amassing 92 runs in 7 games averaging a dismal 15.33 at a below-par strike rate of 112.19.

Eoin Morgan Is In the Maldives With The Australian Contingent

Jonny Bairstow (SunRisers Hyderabad), Jos Buttler (Rajasthan Royals), Sam Curran (Chennai Super Kings), Tom Curran (Delhi Capitals), Sam Billings (Delhi Capitals), Chris Woakes (Delhi Capitals), Moeen Ali (Chennai Super Kings) and Jason Roy (SunRisers Hyderabad) were the eight players who arrived in the UK on Wednesday, reported Sky Sports.

Moeen Ali (Photo Credit : CSK Twitter Handle)
Moeen Ali (Photo Credit: CSK Twitter Handle)

The Australian contingent is also currently in the Maldives as they look to follow the protocols of the Australian government to get a clearance to return home.

While postponing the league on Tuesday, BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said the Indian board didn’t wish to compromise on the safety of those involved in the league.

“The BCCI and the IPL GC have unanimously decided to postpone the 2021 season till further notice. We don’t wish to compromise the safety of the players, the people involved, the employees, the groundsmen, the match officials, every single person involved,” Jay Shah had said.

The IPL 2021 season had to be suspended after 29 games in the campaign. Indian Premier League Governing Council chairman, , has confirmed that the BCCI is looking at pre and post-T20 World Cup windows to organize the remaining IPL 2021 games. When asked about the plans in store for the league to return, Brijesh Patel said that the remaining 31 games of IPL 2021 are likely to either be held before this year’s T20 World Cup or after it.

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Michael Vaughan Looks Back At India’s Historic Test Series Win In 2020/21 Against Australia

Michael Vaughan looked back at India’s historic Test series win in Australia in the 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, calling it a ‘brilliant series to watch’. After losing the first Test in Adelaide by eight wickets, India roared back to take the series 2-1, winning the second and fourth Tests in Melbourne and Brisbane respectively, while the third Test match in Sydney ended in a magnificent draw. Michael Vaughan: India And Australia Series 2020/21 Was A Brilliant Series To Watch With regular skipper Virat Kohli returning home after the first Test, the odds were stacked against India and their stand-in captain Ajinkya

Michael Vaughan Looks Back At India’s Historic Test Series Win In 2020/21 Against Australia

Michael Vaughan looked back at India’s historic Test series win in Australia in the 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, calling it a ‘brilliant series to watch’.

After losing the first Test in Adelaide by eight wickets, India roared back to take the series 2-1, winning the second and fourth Tests in Melbourne and respectively, while the third Test match in Sydney ended in a magnificent draw.

Michael Vaughan. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Michael Vaughan: India And Australia Series 2020/21 Was A Brilliant Series To Watch

With regular skipper Virat Kohli returning home after the first Test, the odds were stacked against India and their stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane. Despite losing several key players to injury as the series progressed, India fought back to register one of their greatest Test series wins of all time.

“It was a brilliant series to watch. The Aussies pummeling them at the Adelaide Oval – 26 all out. Then Virat going back home to be next to his wife giving birth. No one gave India a chance, I don’t care who you are,” Michael Vaughan, the former England captain, said while talking on Fox Cricket.

“The way that they bounced back and Ajinkya Rahane’s captaincy was spectacular. And then to get to Sydney and the Aussies just pummel them for a few days. There’s nothing like the last day battling out for a draw, ” Michael Vaughan said.

If winning the second Test was remarkable in its own sense, what followed in Sydney and Gabba were on epic proportions. With their back against the wall, India produced a memorable draw in Sydney.

Hanuma Vihari
Hanuma Vihari. AP Photo

Starting the final day at 98/2 and needing 309 to win, India battled throughout the day with Rishabh Pant scoring a magnificent 97, along with Cheteshwar Pujara’s knock of 77. They added 148 runs and even though the partnership was broken, Ravichandran Ashwin and an injured Hanuma Vihari produced a marathon match-saving effort.

Michael Vaughan: Very Special Rishabh Pant Enlighted Last 2 Tests

As the action moved to Gabba for the final game of the series – a venue where Australia had not lost a Test match since 1988, no one gave India a chance, and yet, the visitors proved everyone wrong, winning the match by three wickets, with Rishabh Pant once again leading India’s charge with an unbeaten 89, along with half-centuries from Cheteshwar Pujara (56) and young Shubman Gill (91).

“It’s a great spectacle when a team just trying to hang in there. A little bit of banter – Ashwin taking a little bit of talking from behind the stumps. And then the Aussies arriving at the Gabba thinking that’s all. They just can’t get beaten at the Gabba… they’ll steamroll them,” Michael Vaughan added.

Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: BCCI)
Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: BCCI)

“Throughout the whole tour, we knew Rishabh Pant was a player. We all know that he’s got something very special, but I thought particularly those last two Test matches, Pant came to light. It was a brilliant series. I can only imagine how much red wine Ravi Shastri must have had,” Michael Vaughan concluded.

India was bundled out for just 36 runs in their second innings in the first Test against Australia in Adelaide, losing the day/night Test by 8 wickets. India bounced back to win the second Test in Melbourne, showed remarkable resilience to draw the third Test in Sydney, and won the fourth Test in Brisbane for their second successive Test series triumph on Australian soil.

Rishabh Pant’s 97 nearly turned the Sydney Test in India’s favour which India managed to draw while his 89 not out at Brisbane won them the series Down Under.

Ajinkya Rahane set the tone for a dramatic turnaround for the visitors with a match-winning ton in the 2nd Test at Melbourne. He was the guiding light for the youngsters like Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj and T Natarajan who stepped up in the absence of senior players and gave their best to outclass the Aussies in their own backyard.

Being 1-0 down, losing the services of regular skipper Virat Kohli due to his paternity leave, having lost several key players like Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, , Ravichandran Ashwin, KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja due to injuries at various stages of 4 match Test series, a second-string Ajinkya Rahane-led India staged a comeback as they won their second straight Test series on Australian soil. The win at Brisbane was more creditable as they even struggled to field an XI and eventually fielded a team without any frontline bowler.

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