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Fortune beckons for Ireland cricket hero Kevin O'Brien

By Ian Callender

Ireland cricket hero Kevin O'Brien could land a half million pound fortune after his World Cup heroics in the sensational win over England in Bangalore.

Offers are being prepared by cash-rich Indian Premier League franchises, convinced his style suits their game — and O’Brien today hinted he would be prepared to consider the move.

The 26-year-old has gone from virtual cricketing unknown to household name after smashing 113 to help Ireland surpass England's 327 in Bangalore.

Bookmakers have already offered odds on England asking the former Nottinghamshire man to play for them, while the performance also put him on the radar of some IPL sides.

“Who wouldn't want to play in the IPL?” responded O’Brien, currently with Dublin side Railway Union. “A lot of people have said that Twenty20 suits me, the way I swing the bat and hit a few sixes. If something comes of that, even better. Right now I am just concentrating on Sunday's game against India.

“Beating England in any form of the game in any sport, not only at a World Cup, is always a fantastic occasion.”

Ireland still need to win at least two of their four remaining games to have a hope of progressing to the quarter-final stage.

Defeated England captain Andrew Strauss, 34 yesterday, graciously turned up at the Irish team hotel last night to offer his congratulations and was treated to a rendition of Happy Birthday by celebrating players and fans.

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