Kevin O'Brien out to mark Irish milestone with title delight
Kevin O'Brien will chalk up another landmark in his Ireland career on Sunday when he becomes the first to play 250 internationals. The perfect way to celebrate would be in the World Twenty20 Qualifying final.
O'Brien and Ireland first have the semi-final against the Netherlands to negotiate on Saturday afternoon and memories of that 'freak result' in the teams' last meeting, at the last World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, are still raw.
"We know how cruel T20 can be with defeat by the Dutch last year, but they are a good team," O'Brien said. "We know what they bring with the bat and ball and in the field and Peter Borren has led them for the last five or six years, so we know their strengths and weaknesses but, ultimately, they know ours as well.
"I don't play to reach landmarks, I play to win games and be successful in a winning team and over the last eight years we have gone from strength to strength.
"It will still be a very proud moment and, fingers crossed, it will be a final and I will be lifting the trophy with the boys."