Calcutta: Kolkata Knight Riders’ Eoin Morgan is eyeing the Indian Premier League (IPL) as an ideal platform for making a comeback to the England squad.
Morgan arrived with Dutch player Ryan ten Doeschate on Wednesday morning and joined his teammates for a one-and-a-half hour practice session at the Eden. The left-handed batsman said he was looking forward to making an impact in the IPL.
“I always look forward to play in the IPL... The tournament is of utmost importance to me. The crowd and the passion for the game here inspire me to perform well.
“I always look to learn a lesson or two during the tournament. Interestingly, I have always fared better in competitions after playing this particular T20 event. Hopefully, I will strike form during this season too. Overall, it’s a crucial part of the season as far as I’m concerned,” Morgan said.
That Morgan wasn’t in form can be gauged from the fact that he scored only 180 runs at an average of 16.36 in three Tests, four ODIs and three T20s during England’s last series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates. He was dropped from the squad that is currently touring Sri Lanka.
Morgan said that he will stick to the basics during the IPL. Despite knowing that the T20 format demands batsmen to play extravagant shots every now and then, Morgan wants to take calculated risks.
“No matter how the format is, things do remain simple to a considerable degree. The basics do not change even if you are playing in the shortest format of the game.
“Even the likes of Sachin (Tendulkar), (Jacques) Kallis don’t need to change their style of play much apart from being a little bit expansive in their shot making,” asserted Morgan.
Asked about the controversy that the Eden pitch had created last season, Morgan said: “Eden pitch is different from anywhere else in India. It has some similarities with the one at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
“But we certainly played skilfully in most of the matches here last time round and would like to continue that with some sort of a plan. At the same time though, you got to admit that pitch will not always work in your favour.”
Morgan lauded the team management’s decision to include Rudi Webster as the mental skills coach. “I had a brief chat with Rudi as of now. Apart from dressing room staff and others, hearing things from a fresh voice does make sense (sometimes). It’s up to you to take it and learn from it,” Morgan said.
Meanwhile, KKR team director Joy Bhattacharjya informed that Wasim Akram’s arrival has been postponed. “He has some family issues,” Bhattacharjya said. Akram was supposed to join the camp on Thursday.
It was also learnt that KKR principal owner Shah Rukh Khan will arrive on April 5, the day of KKR’s opening match against Delhi DareDevils. “He will meet Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and invite here for the opening ceremony,” a source said.