Kevin O Brien retires: The fastest century was studded in the World Cup, yet was out of the team, now forced to retire

Ireland all-rounder Kevin O’Brien announced his retirement from international cricket on Tuesday. Debuting for Ireland in 2006, O’Brien proved to be a key player in his career spanning nearly two decades as a key member of Ireland’s rise from associate member to Test status. O’Brien is the highest wicket-taker for Ireland in the ODI format with several batting records.

He took 114 wickets at an average of 32.68 and an economy rate of 5.20. The Ireland legend announced his retirement in a social media post. O’Brien said in his post that he hoped to retire after playing in the upcoming T20 World Cup, but decided to retire due to lack of opportunities.

“Today I announce my retirement from international cricket after 16 years and 389 matches for my country,” O’Brien said in a statement on Twitter. I hoped to finish my career in the T20 World Cup in Australia, but since last year’s World Cup I haven’t been selected for the Irish team, I think the selectors and management have moved on.

He said, ‘I have enjoyed every minute of playing for Ireland. I have made many friends on the field and I have many fond memories of playing with the national team. O’Brien still holds the record for the fastest ICC Cricket World Cup century for Ireland. Including his incredible match-winning innings against England in Bangalore in 2011. The batsman hit 13 fours and six sixes during his scintillating match-winning knock of 113 runs to complete a century in just 50 balls as Ireland successfully chased down the mammoth 328-run target. This is also the fastest century in the World Cup.

The all-rounder had the ability to perform on the biggest stage, taking a crucial wicket with Zimbabwe in a thrilling encounter against Zimbabwe in the 2007 Cricket World Cup and a difficult chase with Trent Johnson against Pakistan in the same World Cup. Successful follow up.

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