Niall O’Brien

Country: Ireland
Born: November 08, 1981, Dublin
Height: 5ft 7in
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Playing role: Wicketkeeper Batter

Niall O’Brien Bio

Niall John O’Brien is a legendary cricket player from Ireland known for his impressive skills as a left-handed batsman and wicketkeeper. With his fierce competitiveness and relentless chirping behind the stumps, O’Brien has left a notable impact on the cricketing world.

One of O’Brien’s most memorable moments came in the 2007 World Cup, where he single-handedly led Ireland to victory against Pakistan on St Patrick’s Day. Scoring a magnificent 72 runs, which accounted for over three-quarters of Ireland’s total while he was at the crease, O’Brien showcased his immense talent and determination on the international stage. He further solidified his reputation by scoring 63 runs against England in the same tournament. These outstanding performances made the cricketing world sit up and take notice of Ireland as a formidable team.

Prior to his international success, O’Brien had already made a name for himself as a player for Kent in English county cricket. However, his fortunes took a turn when Geraint Jones lost his England place, resulting in O’Brien’s release from Kent. Nevertheless, he quickly found a new home in Northamptonshire, where he enjoyed tremendous success. O’Brien’s exceptional performances led to him being named Northants’ Player of the Year in 2008, and he secured a three-year contract with the club.

O’Brien’s career hit a stumble in 2010 when he was stripped of his vice-captaincy position and banned from the Northamptonshire team due to a breach of team disciplinary rules. Although he was later cleared at a disciplinary hearing and reinstated, he struggled with injuries, including a fractured finger, which limited his playing time.

Despite these challenges, O’Brien’s form remained consistent throughout his career, averaging an impressive 35.72 in first-class cricket for Northamptonshire. In 2013, he made the decision to join Leicestershire on a three-year contract, lending his experience and stability to their batting lineup. O’Brien had a stellar season in 2014, scoring 971 first-class runs, the highest tally he achieved during an English season.

As the son of Brendan, a former Ireland captain, cricket runs in the O’Brien family. Niall had the opportunity to play alongside his younger brother Kevin for the Ireland national team. However, he attracted controversy when he played in the Bangladesh Premier League against Cricket Ireland’s wishes in 2012. As a consequence, he was left out of subsequent World T20 qualifiers and found himself replaced by Gary Wilson behind the stumps.

O’Brien’s confident and combative nature has occasionally landed him in trouble, including a one-match ban for an outburst at officials during an Intercontinental Cup game against Scotland. His strong personality also clashed with legendary West Indian batsman Brian Lara during a match in 2004 when O’Brien believed Lara was caught at the wicket but opted not to walk.

In 2016, as O’Brien neared his 35th birthday, he decided to retire from county cricket and pursue a career in talent management. However, he did not retire from international cricket and expressed his intention to play for Leinster Lightning in the new first-class competition scheduled for 2017.

Niall John O’Brien’s contribution to Irish cricket cannot be overstated. His remarkable performances, both domestically and internationally, have left an indelible mark on the sport. With a strong determination, competitive spirit, and impressive skills, O’Brien’s legacy will undoubtedly endure for generations to come.

Niall O’Brien Career Stats

Niall O’Brien Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 1 2 0 18 18 9 55 32.72 0 0 2 0 2 0
T20Is 30 28 2 466 50 17.92 475 98.1 0 1 40 7 17 10
ODIs 103 101 9 2581 109 28.05 3638 70.94 1 18 218 30 90 14
FC 176 283 28 9057 182 35.51 16371 55.32 15 48 - - 492 48
List A 238 214 26 5700 121 30.31 7364 77.4 4 36 - - 210 44
T20s 147 127 18 2329 84 21.36 2091 111.38 0 5 203 41 82 35

Niall O’Brien Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 1 - - - - - - - - - - - -
T20Is 30 - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 103 - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 176 - 18 19 2 1/4 1/4 9.5 6.33 9 0 0 0
List A 238 - 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0
T20s 147 - - - - - - - - - - - -

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