Bengaluru century still O’Brien’s best
Despite scoring Ireland’s first-ever Test hundred in their inaugural Test, Kevin O’Brien rates his magical century against England at 2011 World Cup as his No.1 innings.
Back in 2011, O’Brien smashed the fastest (50 balls) World Cup hundred against England in Bengaluru. His 63-ball 113 helped Ireland chase 328 to complete a memorable victory.
Ireland’s first World Cup centurion is now their first Test centurion as well. At the end of day four of only Test against Pakistan, O’Brien is unbeaten on 118 runs at Malahide, Dublin. His ton has kept Irish hopes alive of doing something special as they are 319/7 following-on at stumps, leading by 139 runs.
“For me, Bangalore is definitely No.1, for the sheer moment of where it was and who it was against, in the World Cup. If I I can continue [tomorrow] for another hour and a half, to 170-odd, this could top it,” he said after the stumps.
“It was a very proud and emotional moment, to get there is a great honour, and hopefully we’ve put ourselves in a good position to go on and win it. There’s no reason why we can’t. We’ve just got to start off well tomorrow.”
Meanwhile, Malahide Cricket Club now officially has an honours board for Test matches. O’Brien is proud to be the first on list but he hopes he puts his name in Abbotstown (new stadium under construction).
“It’ll be nice to be on the imaginary honours board here in these portacabin changing rooms,” O’Brien joked. “But hopefully when Abbotstown is fully built I can get my name up there.”
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com