If Ireland are to reach the Cricket World Cup knockouts they will need Kevin O’Brien to be at his best in Australia and New Zealand. O’Brien represented Ireland in the Under-19 World Cup in 2004 where he made 241 runs to help his country to reach the plate semi-final, before being defeated by Australia. The all-rounder also represented his country in the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies where he showed promise.
The 30-year old was selected in the Irish 15-man squad for the 2011 World Cup hosted by Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka. The Dubliner made his strongest mark against England by hitting the fastest century in World Cup history off just 50 balls helping his team to successfully chase down a target of 328 when at one stage they were struggling at 111/5. The Irishman will be a key member of the squad in the middle order as well as in the bowling department, where he can also bowl some tidy overs. The right-hander is well known as a strong hitter of the ball and has a reputation for destroying bowlers on his day.
O’Brien’s statistics as at 19 January 2015: