Eoin Morgan refused to blame any of his teammates for the massive 66 runs defeat in the first ODI against India. Morgan feels that there were positives in the way his team played the game though they lacked strong partnerships in the big target chase.
Chasing a mammoth target of 318 runs, England’s top-order got off to a spectacular start against the Indian bowling attack however visitors couldn’t stay strong in front of India’s restricted bowling attack & fall prey to Prasidh Krishna & Shardul Thakur’s bowling attack who changed the momentum of the game by scalping seven wickets at regular intervals to derail England’s Innings.
“I strongly believe that we are a dangerous team to play against, particularly the way we went about our business, the majority of today’s match if we had played well we would have chased that total in no time”, Morgan said at the post-match conference.
“India are one of the strongest teams in the World. Majority of the time, it was a tough challenge to win the match”, he added.
“I can’t completely blame our group as India bowled very well & we made major mistakes & could not stitch a strong partnership in the middle order”.
When asked about how big the loss is for the reigning World Champions to which Morgan said, “It’s not about carrying the number one status, it’s about building a group of players that will give to the team something really of quality”.
Not just the loss but also injuries have troubled the visitors a lot as Morgan himself suffered an injury during the 1st ODI match.
Eoin Morgan split the webbing between his right thumb & index finger, while Billings injured his collar bone joint while fielding at the boundary region.
“I will wait for 48 hours & see how the injury is”, Morgan said. When the captain was asked whether the injury has affected his batting to which Morgan replied, “It’s never going to be 100 per cent but it’s not that I can’t hold the bat.”
India & England will now face each other in the 2nd ODI match which is scheduled to be played on 26th March at the Maharashtra Cricket Stadium in Pune.