Kevin Joseph O'Brien
(born 4 March 1984 in Dublin
) is an Irish cricketer
who plays for Railway Union Cricket Club
. He holds the world record for the fastest century ever scored at a World Cup
, coming from 50 balls against England
on 2 March 2011. An all-rounder, O'Brien is an aggressive right-handed middle to lower order batsman and a right-arm medium-fast bowler. He made his One Day International
(ODI) debut in 2006 in Ireland's inaugural match. O'Brien played for Nottinghamshire
in 2009, and in 2010 was awarded a contract with Cricket Ireland
, making him one of six players with a full-time contract with the board.
Personal life and education
O'Brien was educated in Marian College, Ballsbridge
. His brother Niall
is also a member of the Irish team. Their father Brendan
played 52 times for Ireland. He is one of five O'Brien brothers to play cricket.
Kevin O'Brien represented Ireland in the Under-19s World Cup of 2004 in which he made 241 runs to help his country reach the Plate Semi-Final before being defeated by Australia
. The following year he played for the MCC Young Cricketers.
In June 2006 he made his One Day International
debut in Ireland's inaugural ODI game, against England in Belfast
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