Eoin Morgan surpasses MS Dhoni to become most successful T20I captain

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Sharjah: England skipper Eoin Morgan on Monday surpassed India’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Afghanistan’s Asghar Afghan in registering the most wins by a captain in men’s T20 Internationals during his side’s win against him Sri Lanka in Sharjah. England beat Sri Lanka by 26 runs.

Morgan’s victory against Sri Lanka yesterday as the skipper of England was the 43rd win. Morgan now has 43 wins from 68 T20I matches he led England. Previously former India skipper MS Dhoni and Afghanistan’s Asghar Afghan held the record with 42 wins in T20 internationals overall.

Dhoni, who retired last year had won 42 matches out of 72 he played as India skipper. Whereas Afghanistan’s Asghar Afghan, who retired from all forms of cricket on Sunday after the match against Namibia in the ongoing T20 World Cup, had captained Afghanistan to 42 wins out of 52 games.

Morgan also holds the record for the most runs by an English skipper in limited-overs cricket with 6957 ODI runs (223 matches) and 2367 T20I runs from 68 matches. The 35-year-old captained the English side to their first 50 over World cup win in 2019. He is rated among the best captains in the world, it will be interesting to see if he can take England to another successful triumph in the ongoing T20 World Cup.

Speaking of his team’s performance last night Morgan said: “I am incredibly proud of everything we have done tonight. The guys had to fight incredibly hard. Conditions here continued to change, Tymal going out asked another question of ourselves. But Livingstone and Moeen stepped up exceptionally well with the other guys.”

“I can’t fault our guys tonight. I thought Jos Buttler played one of his best-ever innings in an England shirt. It was incredible to be at the other end and watch. He is one of the best in the game and it’s a privilege to have him in our team,” he added.

With the win over Sri Lanka, England now have four out of four wins in Group 1, booked a spot in the semi-finals. England will next take on South Africa in their 5th and final T20 World Cup 2021 group-stage match of the tournament.

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