Victory in T20 will boost confidence for ODIs: Morgan
Posted on: 11:10 AM IST Dec 23, 2012
Mumbai: England Twenty20 captain Eoin Morgan, whose last-ball heroics helped the tourists square the series against India, said the victory will boost his team's confidence for the one-day series, which starts after the Christmas and New Year break. "The young guys who are involved in the one day series will take great confidence from this (victory). I know I certainly will, considering our one-day record over here isn't fantastic," Morgan said after the six-wicket win, which was achieved after his last-ball six.
"So, we would like to have the run we have had in the last couple of years under Cookie (Alastair Cook). Then again compete and hopefully win the series," he told reporters at the post-match conference. The five-match ODI series commences on January 11 at Rajkot.
Morgan, who held his nerves to hit a six off the last ball of Ashok Dinda to see his team through, said it was one the best shots he has played under pressure. "It's certainly up there. There was one against Pakistan a couple of years ago that sailed into the stands as well. But the last ball of the game, and an atmosphere like that, I don't think so.
"Off the top of my head, this is the first time (we have scored a boundary off the last ball) and what a time, a full house at the Wankhede," he said. Asked if he was rattled by Dinda's tactics to pull out of the stride while bowling the last ball, he said, "It didn't really bother me. The game was at a pace where everything was at a snail's pace.
"I couldn't blame the tactics, to disrupt the rhythm of the batters. But it does the same thing to a bowler, because he only asks himself more questions." He said the win was satisfying after losing the first match by five wickets.