I really wanted to work with Karthik, McCullum: Morgan
LONDON: captain of England Eoin Morgan said he was excited to work with Calcutta Knight Riders Pattern Dinesh Karthik and coach Brendon McCullum . Morgan was slated to appear for KKR in the 2020 season of Indian Premier League that should have started on March 29 but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
I have talked to DK a lot and met him just before Christmas when he was in Mumbai. He is a fantastic guy, a great Cricket player and I am eager to help him in any way I can, he said. The 33-year-old 2019 World Cup winner said.
While I'm here to help, I also want to learn as much as I can from him. There are many dynamics about being a captain when you play in India that I don't know, I'm going to be picking up his brain all the time, he said.
Morgan is held responsible for turning England into limited change Cricket and finally won the World Cup for the first time last year. He has spoken about the inspiration that McCullum's leadership in New Zealand gave him.
I am very lucky to be able to call him one of my good friends. Over the years, we have come to know each other very well. Actually, our relationship flourished for the first time in Kolkata, where we both played together. Morgan said about McCullum.
"I think his contribution not only to New Zealand Cricket but to world Cricket really took the front in 2015 with their campaign - throughout the 2015 World Cup. They really did, I suppose, transform the fate of a nation and the hope of a nation in the way that they played," said Morgan.
"They played aggressive, positive Cricket but also in a way that wasn't in your face the whole time. It was really good to watch, it created a huge amount of attraction and I think majority of the time actually the way that they play and the manner that they play overlooks the skill level that they produce.
And I think Baz is the reason for that change. I think he has had a great contribution in the way they have played and in all formats, not only in the cue ball.
Morgan also said that it will be fascinating to see how it shapes up after Cricket is restarted. "It's going to be fascinating to see how and when we get to play and how the competition lines up. Because everybody is going to come out of isolation extremely excited, raring to go, batting, bowling, fielding the whole lot," he said.