In a blistering display of power hitting, England Captain Eoin Morgan left both spectators and record-keepers astounded at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
The last 100 of his 148 came off just 36 balls as Afghanistan’s bowlers were hit all over the ground.
It was the left-hander at his unrelenting, brilliant best.
Tuesday’s innings was no flash in the pan either.
Morgan already stands well clear as England’s leading boundary clearer in ODI cricket and his form over the last 18 months is arguably the strongest of his international career.
Indeed, aside from years in which he played only once, Morgan’s 2019 average of 66.9 is the highest of his career, as is his strike rate of 120.98.
He has two hundreds and five fifties in the last 12 months, leading the way for his side with responsible as well as devastating innings.
It’s little wonder his team speak so highly of him, Joe Root yesterday hailing the example he sets in all departments for his side.
A consistent performer as well as a calming dressing-room figure, he has revolutionised England’s ODI game irreversibly.
Sporting Index’s player performance markets offer 1 point per run, 10 points per catch and 20 points per wicket and they have a spread of 40-45 on Morgan’s performance against Sri Lanka.
Given his recent fabulous form, I’m keen on buying at 45.
As well as his in-form batting, Morgan is an active part of the England fielding unit having taken two catches in the tournament already, so the 45 looks worth taking.
After hitting 25 maximums in their last innings and 14 when batting first against Bangladesh, Sporting Index’s quote of 8-8.5 for total England match sixes looks a bit on the short side, so with that in mind, buying at 8.5 looks the way I’d go.
Buy Eoin Morgan Performance 45 (Sporting Index)
Buy England Total Team Sixes 8.5 (Sporting Index)