Meet the players
- Born On: 4 March 1984
- Club: Railway Union
- Cap Number: 655
- Debut Match: June 2006 v Sussex
- Batting Style: Right-hand
- Bowling Style: Right arm medium-fast
- Career Best: 171* v Kenya in 2008 & 5-39 v Canada in 2010
Kevin Joseph O’Brien
Kevin is a man who will forever be remembered for one particular innings, though that alone will not do justice to one of Ireland’s most talented cricketers. That innings was, of course, his wonderful knock of 113, off only 63 balls, which enabled Ireland to resurrect their record chase of 327 from the desperate low of 111 for 5, to beat England by 3 wickets. His century was reached in only 50 balls, which made it the fastest ever in World Cup history. That innings contained 6 sixes and 13 fours and will live long in the memory of cricket lovers across the world.
Kevin made his debut against Sussex at Castle Avenue in June 2006. As of the end of the the 2012 ICC World Twenty20, Kevin has played 186 matches, which is the 3rd highest of those who have played for Ireland. He has scored just under 4,151 runs (3,957 to be precise). This is 4th highest in terms of aggregate scorers for Ireland. Turning to bowling, Kevin has taken 141 wickets, and is the leading catcher for Ireland with 90 catches in all.
Kevin comes from a family steeped in cricket, all of whom have played their club cricket for Railway Union. His father, universally known as “Ginger”, played 52 times for Ireland (during a time when Ireland played significantly less internationals) and captained them on occasion. Kevin and his brother Niall have emulated their father in captaining Ireland, becoming the only father and two sons to do so.
While Kevin has played most of his cricket in Ireland, he has played in County Cricket also, representing Gloucestershire, Nottingham and Somerset.
Kevin O’Brien's statistics coming soon
May 24th 2013
Ireland once again underlined their ability to compete with the heavyweights of world cricket as they came agonisingly close to recording another famous victory over Pakistan but in the end had to settle for a tie in the first One-Day International in Clontarf on Thursday.
May 8th 2013
Just two days left for fans to avail of special Early Bird tickets for the RSA Insurance Series - Ireland v Pakistan.
April 30th 2013
Phil Simmons has challenged every player in Ireland to use the RSA Inter-Provincial Series as a route into the international team when the revamped tournament gets underway at The Hills next week.
April 23rd 2013
Every fixture in the 2013 Cricket Ireland calender to be live scored via CricHQ on www.cricketireland.ie
March 26th 2013
Full details of how clubs across Ireland can avail of special prices for the 2013 RSA Challenge
March 21st 2013
Tim Murtagh produced his best spell in Irish colours to help his country finish their tour of the United Arab Emirates on a high, with a six wicket win over their hosts in a Twenty20 fixture.
March 20th 2013
A sensational bowling spell from Trent Johnston coupled with a disciplined batting effort ensured Ireland won their second World Cup qualifying encounter against the United Arab Emirates in Sharjah.
March 20th 2013
Full highlights of Ireland's 5 wicket win over the UAE on Monday in Sharjah where Gary Wilson's Composed 72 not out steered Ireland home to crucial victory.
March 17th 2013
Ireland were superb in the field in Sharjah and a gem of an innings from Gary Wilson with a little help from Kevin O'Brien and John Mooney steered Ireland home to send them 4 points clear at the top of the ICC World Cricket League Championship Table.
March 15th 2013
Cricket Ireland looks for the Irish public to get behind their nation's cricketers as they push for qualification to the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand
March 14th 2013
Ireland's cricketers endured a tough examination in the searing sun of Sharjah but still have the upper hand after the third day of their InterContinental Cup clash against the UAE.
March 2nd 2013
Nick Royle from Setanta Sports talks to some of the Irish team from that glory night in the Indian city of Bangalore.
February 15th 2013
Cricket Ireland have named an experienced squad of 14 ahead of their crucial tour of the UAE next month.
February 14th 2013
Max Sorensen and an exciting quartet of youngsters are the major beneficiaries of the 17 contracts announced by Cricket Ireland for the 2013 season, with a further five contracts to be offered in due course.
January 3rd 2013
A look back on the year of Irish cricket in 2012. With footage and coverage from right across all areas of the sport here in Ireland.
September 21st 2012
Video Highlights of Ireland's seven wicket loss to Australia in the opening match of Group B of the ICC World Twenty 20 on Wednesday in Colombo. Ireland must now re-group ahead of their crucial match against the West Indies on Monday at 3pm Irish time.
September 19th 2012
The first match of Group B in the ICC World Twenty 20 was a very one-sided affair as Ireland were outplayed by Australia and lost by 7 wickets.
September 17th 2012
Kevin O'Brien's third blog from Sri Lanka features the news of more warm up wins and a glitzy evening on the red carpet that saw the ICC Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the year award deservedly go to an Irishman.
September 13th 2012
Ireland continued their positive build-up for ICC World Twenty 20 this week by beating Zimbabwe by a comfortable 54 runs and retaining their unbeaten record in their warm up matches.
September 11th 2012
In the second of Kevin O'Brien's 'blog's from Sri Lanka, he gives us the updates from Ireland's first two warm up matches that ended with a win and the plan for the coming weeks which will include a trip to the red carpet for some of the Boys in Green! More information and photos of the trip so far can be viewed at www.kevinobriencricket.com
September 10th 2012
Ireland continued ideal preparations for the ICC World Twenty20 in Colombo today as they made it two wins in two days following a comprehensive win over Sri Lanka 'A' today at the Sinhalese Sports Ground.
September 7th 2012
In addition to the 'World T20 Tour Diaries', we will also be featuring regular blog updates from Ireland's vice-captain Kevin O'Brien as he writes on the sights and sounds of Sri Lanka throughout the coming weeks. Kevin departed Ireland on Tuesday and gives his first update from Colombo
August 30th 2012
The short-list for the LG ICC Awards has been finalised and sees Irish players dominating the short-list with four of the five nominees for the ICC Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year.
August 15th 2012
Ireland announced their squad for the three match 50 over series against South Africa A that starts this Sunday at Strabane Cricket Club.
August 14th 2012
The second day of the 4 day match saw a full day's cricket played with South Africa A probably just edging the contest at the moment.
August 13th 2012
Irish players have dominated the shortlist for the Annual ICC Awards with six of the ten players nominated for the associate and affiliate player of the year coming from Ireland
July 28th 2012
The inaugural winners of the Battle of the Big Hitters were the Leinster Rugby XI on a memorable day that saw vital funds raised for Spinal Injuries Ireland
July 19th 2012
Highlights from yesterday's 1st RSA Twenty20 International Series match against Bangladesh
July 13th 2012
Highlights from all of Wednesday and Thursday's action at Leinster Cricket Club in Rathmines
July 12th 2012
Ireland were left to settle for a draw in the truncated ICC Intercontinental Cup game at Leinster Cricket Club in Rathmines.
July 11th 2012
Cricket finally got going at Rathmines at the third time of asking with Ireland dominating the 62.1 overs that were possible today and Ireland will take a lead of 42 into the final day tomorrow.
July 10th 2012
Ireland’s Road to the T20 World Cup: The Celtic View from Sri Lanka (part 1)