Paul Stirling

Country: Ireland
Born: September 03, 1990, Belfast
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Batting Allrounder

Paul Stirling Bio

Paul Robert Stirling, born on September 3, 1990, in Belfast, Ireland, is a highly talented and formidable cricket player who has made a significant impact in the sport both in his home country and beyond. With his natural swagger and belligerence at the crease, Stirling has often been compared to the explosive New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder. His ability to generate enormous power with seemingly little effort has made him a force to be reckoned with in the world of cricket.

Stirling’s cricketing journey began at a young age, and he made his One Day International (ODI) debut for Ireland when he was just 17 years old. He caught the attention of cricket enthusiasts worldwide when he scored two ODI centuries against Pakistan before his 23rd birthday, showcasing his exceptional talent and potential.

In 2009, Stirling represented Ireland in the World Twenty20 tournament held in England. Later that year, he signed a three-year contract with Middlesex, a county cricket club in England, further solidifying his career in the sport. The following year, he astounded critics and fans alike by scoring a phenomenal 177 runs off just 134 balls against Canada in Toronto. This remarkable feat became the highest ODI score achieved by an Irishman at the time.

Although Stirling faced challenges during the 2011 World Cup, he ended the tournament on a high note by scoring a century in Ireland’s victory against the Netherlands. His impressive performance continued in the ODI series against Pakistan in May 2011, earning praise from Pakistani cricket legend Waqar Younis. Stirling went on to score another century against Pakistan in a thrilling tie between the two teams two years later. He consistently exhibited his big match temperament with blistering innings against Afghanistan in the finals of the World T20 qualifiers in 2012 and 2013.

While Stirling initially struggled to make an impact in first-class cricket, he utilized his opportunity with Middlesex in 2014, showcasing his capability to transition between limited overs and longer format games. Despite a back injury that hindered his ability to bowl, he demonstrated his proficiency as a competent offspinner, often bowling a full allocation of overs for his country in ODIs. Notably, Stirling was the most economical bowler for Ireland during their victory over England in the 2011 World Cup with figures of 1-45 from ten overs.

Stirling’s cricketing prowess continued to grow, culminating in his maiden century in the first-class format against Yorkshire at Lord’s in 2017, coinciding with Ireland’s elevation to Test status. This achievement perfectly symbolized the progress Ireland made in international cricket. Stirling acknowledged the need to strike a balance between his attacking instincts and consistent scoring, striving to further develop his game.

Beyond his achievements on the field, Stirling’s leadership qualities became evident when he captained Ireland for the first time in 2018 at the Hong Kong Sixes tournament. He often found himself assuming the role of captain in the absence of the first-choice skipper.

In 2019, Stirling faced a critical decision as Ireland gained Test status. He had to choose between continuing to play for Ireland as an overseas player in county cricket or renewing his contract with Middlesex and forfeiting his international career. Despite being perplexed by the situation, he opted to represent Ireland and count as an overseas player in county cricket. Showing his dedication to the sport and his desire to contribute to the growth and success of Irish cricket.

As his journey in cricket continues, Stirling remains an integral part of the Irish national team and continues to make a significant impact in both limited overs and first-class cricket. His explosive batting style, formidable power, and competitiveness make him a force to be reckoned with on the field. Paul Robert Stirling’s contributions to Irish cricket have established him as one of the most talented and celebrated players in the country’s cricketing history.

Paul Stirling Career Stats

Paul Stirling Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 5 10 0 253 103 25.3 415 60.96 1 0 33 4 4 0
T20Is 134 133 11 3438 115* 28.18 2533 135.72 1 23 399 123 35 0
ODIs 159 152 3 5645 177 37.88 6472 87.22 14 28 609 136 60 0
FC 73 115 5 3188 146 28.98 5122 62.24 8 14 438 35 40 0
List A 255 244 9 8637 177 36.75 9560 90.34 22 39 950 203 98 0
T20s 341 339 17 8191 119 25.43 5784 141.61 3 52 950 330 94 0

Paul Stirling Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 5 1 12 11 0 - - - 5.5 - 0 0 0
T20Is 134 42 546 679 20 3/21 3/21 33.95 7.46 27.3 0 0 0
ODIs 159 76 2441 1942 43 6/55 6/55 45.16 4.77 56.7 1 1 0
FC 73 56 2338 1118 27 2/21 3/31 41.4 2.86 86.5 0 0 0
List A 255 120 3579 2978 71 6/55 6/55 41.94 4.99 50.4 2 1 0
T20s 341 136 1760 2159 77 4/10 4/10 28.03 7.36 22.8 1 0 0

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