Kevin O’Brien, the top all-around cricketer for Ireland, announced his retirement from international cricket on Tuesday. O’Brien made his international debut for Ireland in 2006. During the course of a nearly two-decade career, he assisted the squad in reaching new heights. O’Brien announced his retirement on Twitter. He also said that he had initially intended to do so during this year’s T20 World Cup. But was not chosen for Ireland’s World Cup squad. So he made the decision to end his remarkable career.
“Today I announce my retirement from international cricket after 16 years and 389 caps for my country. I had hoped to finish my career at the T20 World Cup in Australia but having not been picked for the Irish squad since last year’s World Cup, I feel that the selectors and management are looking elsewhere,” Kevin wrote in the Twitter post.
O’Brien had a stellar career, playing for Ireland in three Tests, 153 ODIs, and 110 T20Is. He had amassed 5850 runs and took 172 wickets in his career. O’Brien initially gained international recognition at the 2011 ICC World Cup. At the time, his century was the fastest World Cup century ever.
In the tweet, O’Brien praised his wife Ruth-Anne, his parents, as well as his brother and teammate Niall O’Brien. Acknowledging the massive support that he received from his fans, he wrote, “To the fans, not just in Ireland but around the world, I hope you enjoyed watching the way I played cricket. All my proudest moments and favourite memories were playing in front of Irish fans whether in Ireland or overseas, so thank you for the incredible support over the years.”
He further stated: “I have enjoyed every minute of playing for Ireland, made many friends on the pitch and I have so many happy memories to remember from my time playing for the National side. It’s now onto the next stage of my life and my career for me, the time is right.”