Kolkata, Mar 29: Kolkata Knight Riders' Eoin Morgan is eager to play the fifth edition of Indian Premier League, as he thinks it is a crucial part of the global cricket season.
"IPL's 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 who has been dropped from the England squad due to poor performances.
Morgan, keen on performing well in the fifth edition of IPL says, he has high regard for the Indian Premier League and feels can perform better in other cricketing events as well after performing well here as this forms the foundation ahead of the cricket season.
"I always look to learn a lesson from here 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 on the sidelines of a practice session of KKR ahead of the fifth edition of the IPL.
When asked about if there is a change in batsman's style for the longer and shorter formats of the game, he said, things remain simple to a considerable degree irrespective of formats.
"No matter how 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 much taking into account a little bit of expansive the game allows batters to be."
Morgan said, Eden Gardens pitch has similarities with the Chennai track while the pitch might not favour batsmen every time having been considered as tricky for batsmen in recent years.
"It has some similarities with the one at the M.A. 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 pitch will not always work on your favour," he said.