Ireland all rounder Kevin O’Brien retires from ODIs


Ireland allrounder Kevin O’Brien has announced his retirement from One-day Internationals, admitting that he no longer has the “hunger and love” for the format needed to compete.

The 37-year-old Dubliner, who remains available for Test and T20 cricket, won 153 caps in the 50-over format, scoring over 3,000 runs and taking a national record 114 wickets in the format with his lively medium pace.

But he is best known for a blistering World Cup hundred that saw Ireland beat England by three wickets in Bangalore during the 2011 edition.

O’Brien’s magnificent 113 – made after coming in at number six – featured 13 fours and six sixes, with Ireland chasing down a seemingly stiff target of 328 for a memorable win.

His 50-ball hundred remains the quickest in World Cup history, with O’Brien hammering an England attack that featured James Anderson, Stuart Broad and off-spinner Graeme Swann.