T20 World Cup: England captain Eoin Morgan said that the team has learned from their stunning defeat to the West Indies in the final of the 2016 tournament at the Eden Gardens and said the players from that team wouldn’t have grown the way they did since then had they been scarred by the experience.
Morgan led England to their maiden ODI World Cup title in 2019. (Reuters Photo)
- Morgan said players have learned from the defeat in the final
- Brathwaite hit Stokes for four sixes when West Indies needed 19 off the last over
- It made the West Indies the only team to win the T20 World Cup twice
England has learned from their stunning defeat to the West Indies in the final of the 2016 World Cup and has grown since then, captain Eoin Morgan has said. England starts their 2021 T20 World Cup campaign with a match against the West Indies on Saturday.
“I think some of the biggest disappointments in anybody’s career are more learnings than scars,” said the 35-year-old, who led England to their maiden 50-overs World Cup title in 2019.
Needing 19 off the last over from Ben Stokes, Carlos Brathwaite smacked four consecutive sixes in a breathtaking display of power-hitting to secure West Indies’ second 20-overs World Cup title in Kolkata.
“I think if there were scars, we’d have lost a lot of players that wouldn’t have progressed, like they have done over the last four or five years, throughout their careers.
“I think the development of the side has reinforced that anytime we’ve come up against a side that has beaten us in whatever fashion they have, we’ve always looked to learn and progress and become a better side.”
Morgan said that the West Indies remain a strong team with a lot of experience in the format.
“They have a lot of guys who have been around for a long time. It has been a long time since we’ve played them in a T20 World Cup and we look forward to it,” he said.