Kevin O'Brien
Kevin O’Brien. (Photograph by SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP through Getty Photos)

Irish all-rounder and cult hero Kevin O’Brien introduced his retirement from Worldwide cricket on Tuesday (August 16) afternoon. The announcement was made through the participant’s official Twitter account, the place he posted a observe thanking his coaches, household, spouse, and followers for his or her unimaginable help all through his worldwide profession.

Kevin O’Brien has been one of many longest-serving Irish cricketers, that includes for the facet in 266 matches throughout all codecs throughout a 16-year years tenure with the nationwide staff. The belligerent batter revealed in his publish that he was contemplating retirement publish the T20 World Cup in Australia later this yr. Nonetheless, due to his omission from the Irish T20 squad since final yr’s embarrassing World Cup marketing campaign, he determined to name it quits prematurely.

Eire have been subjected to a humiliating defeat to Namibia of their final outing within the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. By the way, that was the final time the Irish all-rounder featured for the staff. He’s the one Irish cricketer to hit a Take a look at ton thus far and is the third highest run-getter for the nation in 50-over cricket with 3619 runs to his title together with 114 wickets.

Kevin O’Brien rose to fame after a memorable night at Chinnaswamy in 2011

Kevin, the youthful brother of former Irish cricketer Niall O’Brien, performed alongside his brother for almost all of his profession earlier than the latter determined to hold up his boots in 2018. The 38-year-old is the nation’s second-highest run-getter within the recreation’s shortest format, behind Paul Stirling, having registered 1973 runs for the Males in Inexperienced. His prolific tally of 729 runs in T20Is in 2019 is the fourth highest by a batter in a calendar yr.

The all-rounder registered two centuries in his ODI profession, with a type of being arguably the very best innings by an Irish batter ever as he slew the English bowlers in a memorable World Cup conflict in 2011. The Bengaluru crowd witnessed the quickest century in World Cup historical past because the Irishman blazed 113 off simply 63 deliveries to stun England as Eire defeated them by three wickets in an exciting encounter.