Full name Kevin Joseph O'Brien
Born March 4, 1984, Dublin, Ireland
Current age 34 years 50 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
|ODI debut||Ireland v England at Belfast, Jun 13, 2006 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Afghanistan v Ireland at Harare, Mar 23, 2018 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Ireland v Scotland at Belfast, Aug 2, 2008 scorecard|
|Last T20I||Afghanistan v Ireland at Greater Noida, Mar 12, 2017 scorecard|
|First-class debut||United Arab Emirates v Ireland at Abu Dhabi, Feb 10-12, 2007 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Ireland v Scotland at Dubai (DSC), Nov 29-Dec 1, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||United Arab Emirates v Ireland A at Abu Dhabi, Apr 22, 2006 scorecard|
|Last List A||Afghanistan v Ireland at Harare, Mar 23, 2018 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Ireland v Scotland at Belfast, Aug 2, 2008 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Leinster Lightning v North-West Warriors at Dublin, Jul 21, 2017 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|41||Ireland||v Afghanistan||Harare||23 Mar 2018||ODI # 4006|
|46, 0/12||Ireland||v Scotland||Harare||18 Mar 2018||ODI # 4001|
|1/22, 7||Ireland||v Zimbabwe||Harare||16 Mar 2018||ODI # 3999|
|50*||Ireland||v U.A.E.||Harare||12 Mar 2018||ODI # 3995|
|0/66, 38||Ireland||v West Indies||Harare||10 Mar 2018||ODI # 3993|
|2/53, 12||Ireland||v P.N.G.||Harare||6 Mar 2018||ODI # 3986|
|4, 2/28||Ireland||v Netherlands||Harare||4 Mar 2018||LA|
|0/23, 9||Ireland||v Scotland||Bulawayo||1 Mar 2018||Other OD|
|46, 1/55||Ireland||v Scotland||ICCA Dubai||18 Jan 2018||ODI # 3956|
|1/53, 13*||Ireland||v Scotland||ICCA Dubai||16 Jan 2018||ODI # 3954|
Kevin O'Brien wrote his name into Irish cricketing lore with a magical innings against England on a balmy March evening in Bangalore. Entering the fray with his team 106-4 - and soon 111-5 - in pursuit of England's 327, he hit six huge sixes in a 50-ball century - the fastest in World Cup history - to set up a historic three-wicket win. It was the highest successful run chase in World Cup history and imbued new urgency into Ireland's claims for greater opportunities against Test-playing sides. Stocky and with his hair dyed pink, in aid of a cancer charity, O'Brien instantly became a poster boy in Ireland and beyond.
In the years since, O'Brien developed into a regular presence on the domestic T20 circuit, although his primary contract is with Cricket Ireland. By the end of 2014 he had played for four English counties, and in T20 competitions in Bangladesh, the West Indies and New Zealand. While Ireland have been disappointed by their lack of opportunities - they played fewer ODIs against Full Members from 2011 to 2015 than 2007 to 2011 - O'Brien has remained a formidable cricketer for them, and hit 84* from 47 balls to secure a tie against Pakistan in 2013. He has also captained Leinster Lightning in the new Irish interpro series, and has been given the responsibility of captaincy when Ireland's county professionals have not been available. O'Brien hit consecutive half-centuries as skipper in the ODI series win against Scotland in September 2014.
As well as a belligerent batsman, O'Brien is also a canny medium-paced bowler, and he has developed his variations during his time in foreign T20 leagues. He is the younger brother of Niall O'Brien, although the two have very different characters, with Kevin known as being far more laid back.
Kevin has had a critical involvement in Ireland's rise. He represented Ireland at the 2004 Under-19 World Cup in which he racked up 241 runs and, laying down a marker for the future, also struck 35 from 48 balls against England during Ireland's maiden ODI. He also performed usefully in the 2007 World Cup, including making a priceless 52-ball 16* during the victory over Pakistan on St Patrick's Day: one of his most uncharacteristic innings but no less valuable for it.
ICC Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year 2013