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Full name Kevin Joseph O'Brien
Born March 4, 1984, Dublin, Ireland
Current age 31 years 27 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||Ireland v Pakistan at Adelaide, Mar 15, 2015 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Ireland v Scotland at Belfast, Aug 2, 2008 scorecard|
|Last T20I||Ireland v Netherlands at Sylhet, Mar 21, 2014 scorecard|
|First-class debut||United Arab Emirates v Ireland at Abu Dhabi, Feb 10-12, 2007 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Surrey v Hampshire at The Oval, Jun 28-Jul 1, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||United Arab Emirates v Ireland A at Abu Dhabi, Apr 22, 2006 scorecard|
|Last List A||Ireland v Pakistan at Adelaide, Mar 15, 2015 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Ireland v Scotland at Belfast, Aug 2, 2008 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Auckland v Northern Districts at Hamilton, Dec 6, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|8, 0/49||Ireland||v Pakistan||Adelaide||15 Mar 2015||ODI # 3639|
|1, 0/42||Ireland||v India||Hamilton||10 Mar 2015||ODI # 3631|
|24, 2/90||Ireland||v Zimbabwe||Hobart||7 Mar 2015||ODI # 3627|
|1/95, 48||Ireland||v South Africa||Canberra||3 Mar 2015||ODI # 3621|
|2/61, 50||Ireland||v U.A.E.||Brisbane||25 Feb 2015||ODI # 3613|
|1/71, 0||Ireland||v West Indies||Nelson||16 Feb 2015||ODI # 3603|
|1/39, 23||Ireland||v Bangladesh||Sydney||12 Feb 2015||Other OD|
|0/20, 7||Ireland||v Scotland||Sydney||10 Feb 2015||Other OD|
|-||Ireland||v Scotland||Dubai (CA)||19 Jan 2015||ODI # 3584|
|3/49, 21||Ireland||v Afghanistan||Dubai (DSC)||17 Jan 2015||ODI # 3581|
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
The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to
This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.
The difference between New Zealand and South Africa in Auckland was a matter of moments: fleeting minutes that laid bare the fickle beauty and cruelty of sport
India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan
A World Cup 2015 composite XI as selected by ESPNcricinfo staff