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Towering sixes, fourth-fastest century: How fantastic Morgan stole the show

Eoin Morgan. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi Jun 19, 2019, 12.23 PM (IST)

England captain Eoin Morgan's name was added in the record books of cricket when he smashed a career-best 148 runs off 71 balls in a World Cup match against Afghanistan.  

Morgan hit 17 sixes in his knock to break the record of most sixes in One-Day International (ODI) innings and also his century was fourth fastest in World Cup history. 

His record-breaking innings inspired England to their highest -- 397/6 -- World Cup total.  

"There are many guys in the dressing room and who can produce an innings like that - but to match up to the youngsters is amazing," said Morgan after England's 150-run win over Afghanistan

Due to a back spasm during last week's win against West Indies, Morgan's participation was in doubt for the Afghanistan clash but he led from the front and played a captain's knock to prove why England are favourites for the title, it's just not the home advantage. 

"Didn't really think it was going to be my day at any point, to be honest. I've had a bad back, looks like I'm getting old," said Morgan while receiving Man of the Match award. 

Getting old? On the contrary, the way Morgan batted, it was a treat to watch him hit those towering sixes at Old Trafford cricket ground.  

It felt captain Morgan is fighting to avenge the embarrassing ouster from the 2015 World Cup when a defeat to Bangladesh, saw England crash out in the group stage. 

In previous three-four years, England have risen to the top of the 50-over rankings in a quest to win the tournament for a first time. 

As England have never won the World Cup despite featuring in every edition since it was established in 1975. 

However, in this edition, Morgan-led England are tipped for glory and he is well supported by Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes and the universe.