Ireland’s all-rounder Kevin O’Brien on Friday announced his retirement from the ODI format of Cricket. He has taken the decision of retiring from ODI cricket to concentrate on T20 Cricket.
“After playing 15 years for Ireland, I feel now is the right time to step away & retire from the ODI Cricket. It has been truly an honor & a privilege to represent Ireland 153 times & the memories I take from them will last a lifetime”, said Kevin O’Brien in an Official Statement.
The 37-year-old had finished his ODI career after playing 153 matches & massing 3,618 runs at an average of 29.41 & a strike rate of 88.72. he has also scalped 14 wickets finishing as the highest wicket-taker of Ireland in the ODI format. Shedding some more light on his illustrious career in ODI cricket, O’Brien has also finished by taking the maximum number of catches i.e. 68 in ODI cricket. He has captained the team on four occasions & has registered three wins of four matches being played.
“I have spent unbelievable moments with the team since 2006- three world cups, the personal successes which I have enjoyed & spending time all over the world. But I will now shift my focus to T20 Cricket with two T20 World Cups scheduled in the next 18 months. I am also looking forward to adding three caps in test cricket”, said Kevin O’Brien.
“This has not been an easy decision for me, but after ongoing consideration, I don’t feel that I can contribute to the ODI team as much as I did in the past. The hunger & love for the ODI format is no longer the same & it was & it wouldn’t be fair to Andrew, Graham, the team & our supporters to continue to play while no longer feeling at 100%”, O’Brien added.
Kevin O’Brien’s most impactful innings in the ODI cricket is no doubt but the record-breaking 113 runs scored in the 2011 ICC World Cup against England. During that innings, he brought up a gleaming century in just 50 balls. Ten years have passed & O’Brien’s 100 off 50 balls is still the fastest century ever registered at a World Cup.
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