Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Eoin Morgan on Wednesday said that he always looks forward to learning lessons from the Indian Premier League (IPL), which the left-hander feels as a crucial part of the global cricket season.
"IPL is a part of cricket I always look forward to. The crowd, passion here is an inspiration and urges all of us to strive for more," said Morgan.
"I always look to learn a lesson from IPL and have fared better in competitions after this particular T20 event. Overall, it's a crucial part of the season as far as I'm concerned," he said.
Morgan was speaking on the sidelines of a practice session of the KKR ahead of IPL 5.
Asked whether the T20 format like the IPL entails any change of style for a batsman in comparison to the longer versions of the game, Morgan said: "No matter what the format is, things do remain simple to a considerable degree. Even the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Jacques Kallis don't need to change their style of play."
Asked about the Eden Gardens pitch, which many batsmen have found tricky in recent years, he said the track was different from the surfaces found on the other Indian grounds.
"It has some similarities with the one at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Now we had certainly played skilfully during most matches here last time and would like to continue that with some sort of a plan. At the same time though, you got to admit that the pitch will not always work in your favour."