England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan achieved a world record on Tuesday (August 04) during the third and final One-Day International (ODI) against Ireland. Morgan leapfrogged former Indian captain MS Dhoni to become the player with most sixes in international cricket as captain.
It all happened in the 12th over of England’s innings bowled by Joshua Little when Morgan sent a ball over the square-leg boundary for a maximum. The 33-year-old has now 213 sixes to his name whereas Dhoni had 211 while captaining the ‘Men in Blue’.
After Morgan (213) and Dhoni (211), former Australian captain Ricky Ponting is on the third place in the list with 171 sixes whereas former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum has 170 maximums in his account. Also, Morgan has just taken 163 games to register his name in the record books.
Most sixes as captain in international cricket:
- 213 – Eoin Morgan (163 matches)
- 211 – MS Dhoni (332 matches)
- 171 – Ricky Ponting (324 matches)
- 170 – Brendon McCullum (121 matches)
- 135 – AB de Villiers (124 matches)
Last year, Morgan led England to their maiden 50-over World Cup triumph. During the mega showpiece event, the Dublin-born played some crucial knocks to help his side dominate the rest of the teams. The left-handed batsman was the leading run-scorers for the English team. He played 11 games and amassed 371 runs, including a magnificent 148-run knock against Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, in the ongoing third ODI against Ireland, Morgan (106) slammed his 14th century. It took just 78 deliveries for the Irish-turned-British cricketer to reach the ton.
Ruthless from the skipper.
A beautifully timed shot to reach his century 💯 pic.twitter.com/iSdkKQfwOf
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) August 4, 2020
Most hundreds for England in ODI cricket:
- 16 – Joe Root
- 13 – Eoin Morgan (He slammed one hundred for Ireland in 2007 against Canada)
- 12 – Marcus Trescothick
- 9 – Bairstow, Roy, Buttler, Pietersen
England would be eyeing a clean-sweep against Ireland after winning the first two matches of the series.