Erstwhile all-rounder and one of the leading members of Ireland’s cricketing lore, Kevin O’Brien called it a day in his cricketing career on Tuesday afternoon. The announcement came on the player’s official Twitter account where he posted a thanking note, expressing gratitude for his close people.
Kevin O’Brien had a long standing career in cricket and is the longest server of Ireland in the 22 yards. He played a staggering 266 matches for Ireland across a span of 16 long years. He was the face of Irish aggression across the ages, where he would stitch together crucial knocks, bringing out the heavy artillery if needed.
Thanks ☘️ pic.twitter.com/E4335nE8ls
— Kevin O’Brien (@KevinOBrien113) August 16, 2022
Here is a glimpse at the iconic career of Kevin O’Brien
The Irish batter quoted that he was planning to stitch together a show in the upcoming world but an incessant run of lean patches forced him to call it quits before the biennial extravaganza could allow him to return. The omission from the national squad also played a significant part in his decision to step down from the sport.
The last time the hard-hitting Irish star featured in the national side was in the 2021 T20I World Cup where his exploits weren’t good enough. He is the only Irish batter to score a Test ton while he is the third-highest run-getter for Ireland in ODIs with an overwhelming haul of 3619 runs next to his moniker that was also coupled with 114 wickets.
Kevin played alongside his elder brother Niall in the Irish for a major part of his career before the latter chose to call it a day in 2018. Kevin’s fairytale outing came in 2011 when he scorched an imperious 113 off just 63 balls to inflict a punishing defeat on England as history would remember it as a three-wicket win for Ireland against England.
Twitter bowed down in utmost respect as a towering moniker in Irish cricket hung up his boots after a career that could be labeled as a glistening one in the context of modern cricket.
Kevin O’Brien really transformed cricket in Ireland. Wonder how things would’ve been had Morgan decided to stay.
— shadab (@farzeeiqbal) August 16, 2022
The world is a Kevin O’Brien fan. Thank you for a lifetime of memories.
Happy retirement, 👑. pic.twitter.com/DVh7Y0PhwD
— Sritama (Ross Taylor’s version) (@cricketpun_duh) August 16, 2022
🚨Irish Legend Kevin O’Brien retires from international cricket.
Happy retirement, Kevin. You played the game with all your heart. Thank you. 🇮🇪 pic.twitter.com/b9alkIl6Ve
— KnightRidersXtra (@knightridersxtr) August 16, 2022
Kevin O’Brien retires from International Cricket after a 16-year career! 🏏 pic.twitter.com/cJMaQudrnY
— sportsfile (@sportsfile) August 16, 2022
Kevin O’Brien was the reason why I started following Irish Cricket.
Thank you for everything you gave to the game.
— Third Man 🏏 (@Sulay177) August 16, 2022
Happy retirement Kevin O’Brien.
We will never forget this all time greatest ODI knock.pic.twitter.com/2cvMsHneve
— CRICKET VIDEOS🏏 (@Abdullah__Neaz) August 16, 2022
Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien has announced his retirement from international cricket.
— Prasenjit Dey (@CricPrasen) August 16, 2022
Kevin O’Brien has announced his retirement from international cricket. He played over 250 matches for Ireland with over 5,500 runs. A legend for Ireland!
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) August 16, 2022
Kevin O’Brien announced his retirement from International cricket, An Irish Legend.
— John. (@CricCrazyJohns) August 16, 2022
JUST IN: Ireland allrounder Kevin O’Brien has announced his retirement from international cricket pic.twitter.com/Bvorc8R47m
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) August 16, 2022
Kevin O Brien announces retirement from international cricket #CricketTwitter
— Krithika (@krithika0808) August 16, 2022