Eoin Morgan was a picture of contentment as he showed off the World Cup to children mingling with England’s heroes at the Oval on Monday but he will soon be faced with the biggest decision of his career.
Should the man who has, after one extraordinary day at Lord’s, become one of the most influential captains in English cricket history bow out on the ultimate high of winning the World Cup on home soil?
After all, not many have the chance to ‘do an Alastair Cook’ and depart at the very top of their game — and after the biggest day of their career — rather than go on just that little bit longer and risk it all ending in tears.
Eoin Morgan captained England to an incredible victory at the Cricket World Cup on Sunday
Now that he's achieved his goal of the World Cup, will he walk away from England while on top?
Morgan, 32, does now. The first England captain to win a cricket World Cup in the longer form of the limited-overs game, the Irishman who has joined Bobby Moore and Martin Johnson in the pantheon of great England leaders can go with his audience — and his bosses — wanting more. He will soon meet Ashley Giles to discuss his future with the England team director hopeful Mogan will continue as captain and lead the team at next year’s World Twenty20 tournament in Australia.
It is not easy to discover what Morgan is thinking at the best of times but there were perhaps clues at Lord’s that he knows he would be writing the perfect fairytale script if he stepped down as England captain after that barely believable victory over New Zealand.
One of the most inscrutable and private figures in the game was unusually open about his future in the aftermath of one of the greatest days in English cricket history and surely the best one-day international of them all. ‘I haven’t looked beyond this,’ said Morgan, as he sat at Lord’s with the glittering World Cup alongside him. ‘We’ll let the dust settle and we’ll celebrate as hard as we can because I think we deserve it. And then we will look at things.
‘The next World Cup is four years away and that’s a long time. I think the big question I have to answer is will I be in the team in four years? Will I be good enough? These guys are improving very quickly. Will I be able to keep up with them?’
The only way from here is down, so will Eoin Morgan see out his days in franchise cricket?
Then there was the sight on TV of Morgan’s closest friend in cricket — former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum — giving the impression he knows exactly what his friend plans to do next, but could not possibly let on what that is.
It would, of course, make perfect sense for Morgan