We take a look at the facts & figures of Kevin O’Brien.
Full name: Kevin Joseph O'Brien
Born: March 4, 1984, Dublin, Ireland
Current age: 30 years 349 days
Major teams: Ireland, Gloucestershire, Ireland Under-19s, Marylebone Cricket Club Young Cricketers, Middlesex 2nd XI, Nottinghamshire, Rangpur Riders, Somerset, Somerset 2nd XI, Surrey, Trinidad & Tobago Red Steel
Playing role: Allrounder
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm medium-fast
Few that saw it will ever forget what Kevin O’Brien did to England at the 2011 World Cup. Chasing 328 to win, O’Brien walked out to bat with Ireland 111-5 in the 25th over.
He went on to score 113 runs off 63 balls, the fastest World Cup hundred of all time. Since then he has gone on to make a name for himself as something of a T20 specialist turning out in county cricket, in New Zealand, at the Bangladesh Premier League and most recently a successful stint with Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean Premier League.
O’Brien is capable of some explosive hitting, and plays the role of finisher in this Ireland team, but he is an all-rounder. His medium pace bowling is very useful, and he has 68 ODI wickets at an average of 28.
It might be too much to hope for another hundred like the one against England in 2011, but I am going hope anyway.