Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien announces retirement from ODI cricket at age of 37

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Kevin O’Brien
Source: Cricket Ireland

In 153 appearances for his nation, Kevin O’Brien finished his ODI career with 3619 runs and 114 wickets.

The 2011 ODI World Cup generated a slew of cricket stars from throughout the world. Among all the stars that stood out in the competition, Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien was near the top after producing one of the finest innings in tournament history against one of the strongest sides. With his team down to 111/5 and chasing a target of 328, the all-rounder created havoc in Bengaluru, propelling his team to a remarkable victory.

O’Brien became a national hero in a few hours, smashing 113 runs off 63 deliveries, including 13 fours and six sixes. On Friday, the 37-year-old announced his retirement from the 50-over format after a stellar career.

I believe the moment has come for me to move away: Kevin

“After 15 years playing for Ireland, I feel now is the appropriate moment to walk away and retire from ODI cricket,” O’Brien stated of his decision to retire. It has been an honour and a joy to represent my nation 153 times, and the memories I will carry with me for the rest of my life. This has not been an easy choice, but after careful deliberation, I no longer believe I can offer as much to the ODI squad as I have in the past.”

He confessed that his passion and love for the One-Day International format are no longer the same as they once were, and he added that it would be unfair to Andrew, Graham, the team, and our supporters to continue playing while not feeling 100 per cent. Kevin went on to say that he will now change his attention and remain totally devoted to T20 cricket, with two World Cups coming up in the next 18 months, with the aim of adding to his three caps in test cricket.

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