3 franchises that can choose Eoin Morgan as their captain
The 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) mega auction is set to take place next month, with two new franchises making their debut in the tournament.
In addition to the eight franchises present last season, Lucknow and Ahmedabad will be the two new franchises of the IPL 2022.
The eight existing franchises were authorized at four retentions each. Meanwhile, the two new franchises will each be allowed to choose three players from the remaining player pool.
There have been a lot of rumors about possible retentions and signings before the retention deadline, which is 12 p.m. on November 30.
Prior to the mega-auction, many franchise players will enter the player pool and auction, if they are not selected by their respective teams. One of those players will be Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Eoin Morgan.
After a lackluster start in the first half of the 2021 IPL season, KKR drastically changed things in the second half with Morgan leading them to the playoffs.
Morgan’s form with the bat has been far from its best lately, however, and KKR is set to relinquish their skipper’s services.
This opens the door for other franchisees to sign not only for the chance to sign one of whiteball cricket’s most successful captains, but also a proven middle-order hitter who recently went through a rough patch.
We’re looking at three IPL franchises that could target Eoin Morgan in the next auction:
# 1 Hyderabad Sunrises
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) had one of its worst IPL campaigns last season. While the saga surrounding David Warner’s downfall was the big story of their season, their performances on the pitch fell short of the standards they have set in recent seasons.
The franchise is likely to undergo a complete overhaul ahead of the next auction and could look to Eoin Morgan to lead them into a new era. While Kane Williamson and Rashid Khan seem to be the obvious retention choices (if any), Morgan could still fit into an SRH mid-order that lacks firepower and experience.
# 2 Royal Challengers Bangalore
With Virat Kohli stepping down as captain, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will have to seek out capable candidates to lead the franchise. RCB could certainly see Eoin Morgan as someone who could lead them to that elusive title.
Morgan also allows the Bangalore franchise to achieve two goals with one stone. AB de Villiers, one of the pillars of the middle order for RCB, has announced its withdrawal from all formats of the game.
Morgan offers a perfect replacement to add experience and firepower and fill in the Villiers AB shaped hole on the side.
# 3 One of the new IPL franchises (Lucknow, Ahmedabad)
With two new franchises looking to leave an instant mark on the IPL, Eoin Morgan would be a captain they could certainly consider. While reports suggest Lucknow will sign KL Rahul as captain, the door will be open for Ahmedabad.
Eoin Morgan is one of the most decorated captains of recent times and knows the ins and outs of the shorter format. While Morgan may not be selected for initial player retentions, the England captain will certainly have bidders in the 2022 IPL auctions.