Kevin O'Brien hopes for IPL contract

Published: Friday, March 4, 2011, 11:47 [IST]
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Bangalore, March 3: He dazzled Chinnaswamy stadium and indeed, the whole cricketing world with his hurricane 113 off 63 balls and fastest World Cup century (off 50 balls) en route, in Wednesday's match against England. Now Kevin O'Brien hopes he has caught the fancy of franchises associated with the money-spinning Indian Premier League (IPL).

Kevin O'Brien hopes for IPL contract

"Who wouldn't (want to play in the IPL)? A lot of people have said that Twenty20 suits me, the way I swing the bat and hit a few sixes," said O'Brien."If something comes of that, even better. If not, I'll just concentrate on Sunday's game against India and see what happens."

The 26-year-old, currently plays for Irish club side Railway Union following a brief spell with English county side Nottinghamshire in 2009. But playing for Ireland and especially fashioning a victory against England is an ambition that has reached its fruition.

"From a personal point of view, and I think I speak for a lot of Irish teams not just cricket, beating England in any sport is always a fantastic occasion."

His team's win on Wednesday was effected from a relatively hopeless position of 111/5 as Ireland, a non-Test nation, broke Sri Lanka's previous record for a successful Cup run chase of 313 against Zimbabwe at New Plymouth in 1992.

"That's a long way the best innings I've ever played," said O'Brien, who smashed six sixes and 13 fours. "It even eclipses playing in the back garden with Niall (his brother who also plays in the Ireland squad), where hitting it out of the garden was out.

O'Brien didn't hesitate to rank this innings as the best of his life so far. "I think anyone is going to struggle to beat that innings. A World Cup hundred off 50 balls, in front of a billion people under lights against England. It doesn't get any better."

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