Kevin O’Brien, the Ireland allrounder who stunned England at the 2011 World Cup with his record-breaking hundred, has announced his retirement from the 50-over format.
Kevin will continue to play the Test and T20 format but has decided to quit the ODI Cricket. He made his debut at the age of 22 against England in 2006. He scored 3618 runs from 153 ODIs and claimed 114 wickets, the most wickets by any Ireland bowler. His 68 catches is a national record while he played 95 matches alongside his elder brother, Niall O’Brien, who got retired in 2018.
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“After 15 years playing for Ireland, I feel now is the right time to step away and retire from ODI cricket,” O’Brien said. “It has been an honor and a privilege to represent my country 153 times. The memories I take from them will last a lifetime”.
“This has not been an easy decision, but after ongoing consideration, I don’t feel I can contribute to the ODI team as much as I have in the past,” he said. “The hunger and love for the ODI format is no longer the same as it was and it wouldn’t be fair to continue to play while no longer feeling at 100%
“I’ve had some unbelievable moments with the team since 2006 – the three World Cups, the personal successes and spending time travelling and playing all over the world, but I will now shift my focus and remain fully committed to T20 cricket – with two World Cups in the next 18 months – and hoping to add to my three caps in Test cricket.”