O’Brien announces Irish retirement after 216 caps
Wicketkeeper-batsman Niall O’Brien has announced his retirement after 16 years and 216 caps. It brings an end to a distinguished international career that embraced some of Ireland’s finest cricketing successes.
O’Brien’s reputation as a battler on the pitch was apparent from the start as he had to fight hard to earn senior international recognition. First capped by Adrian Birrell in 2002, the left-hander’s finest moment came at the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies – his match-winning innings of 72 rightly regarded as one of the greatest in the history of Irish cricket. He finishes as the most successful gloveman and the fourth highest run scorer in Irish history, his 6,097 runs coming at an average of 31.59. The 36-year-old scored eight centuries and 33 half-centuries.
Niall O’Brien: first capped by Adrian Birrell in 2002