England’s limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan on Tuesday became the first English player and overall fourth cricketer to play achieve the feat of playing 100 T20s in international cricket.
He achieved the feat during the third T20I game between India and England which the visitors won by eight wickets in hand. Before Morgan, New Zealand’s Ross Taylor, India’s Rohit Sharma and Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik are the only three cricketers to have featured in over 100 T20I matches.
Eoin Morgan was also the man with a smile after the third T20I as Jos Buttler took down every Indian bowlers for cleaners as he scored 83 runs off 52 balls and helped England win the game by 8 wickets.
Morgan praised the wicket-keeper batsman for his match-winning knock and said, “Jos is a world-class player, we are very lucky to have him. He competes with the best in the world when it comes to opening the batting. There’s very little you have to say to Jos. He’s a great leader within our group, been around for a long time,” Morgan told host broadcaster Star Sports at the post-match presentation.” Morgan said.
“Obviously, he’s a huge influence in the dressing room. He’s a great friend of mine. Playing 100 games is a proud moment for me. The words that he said really warmed my heart and I am very grateful for that,” he added.
It was initially Mark Wood who shook the Indian batting lineup by taking down their openers within the powerplay overs. He also dismissed Shreyas Iyer and finished with 3/31 after his spell.
Following the win, England are now 2-1 in the five-match T20I series, with rest of the matches set to be played at Narendra Modi Stadium.