Batsman who scored fastest century in ICC World Cup announced retirement

New Delhi: Ireland's most successful batsman Kevin O'Brien has retired from international cricket. O'Brien has announced his retirement by tweeting. O'Brien, who scored the fastest century in the history of the ICC World Cup, has played a total of three Tests, 153 ODIs and 110 T20 Internationals for Ireland. From his Under-19 days, O'Brien started showing his strength. In the 2004 Under-19 World Cup, Ireland's team reached the semi-finals and Kevin O'Brien was included in that team.  

In June 2006, he made his international debut with an ODI match against England. O'Brien had taken the wicket of then England captain Andrew Strauss in his first match. Apart from this, batting at number-8 in his debut match, he scored 35 runs off 48 balls. In March 2011, this batsman played the most memorable innings of his career. In the ICC World Cup against England, Brian scored a century in just 50 balls, which is still the fastest century in the ICC World Cup.

In that match, England had set a huge target of 328 runs to win in front of Ireland. Which Ireland achieved by losing seven wickets in 49.1 overs. O'Brien then smashed 113 off 63 balls and was the hero of Ireland's win. This match is counted among the most exciting matches in ICC World Cup history. No one would have thought that Ireland's team would defeat the England team in the World Cup.

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