The beauty of the Cricket World Cup is that the greatest teams in the world face off against lineups that are not so powerful. Yet, the weaker teams pose a threat to every team. These teams make their way to the World Cup by playing various tournaments and they dream of leaving their mark on the mega-event.
Though the number of Associate Nations taking part in the ongoing World Cup is zero, many such teams have raised the prestige of this tournament. Teams like Scotland, the Netherlands, Bermuda, Kenya, Canada, U.A.E, Namibia and East Africa have all tried to play their best in the World Cup. While some have been unsuccessful, teams like Ireland have been able to obtain Test status with their consistent performances at the World Cup.
In this article, we will have a look at the 3 players of Associate Nations who will be remembered fondly by the fans.
#3 Kevin O' Brien
The man who became the face of the Irish squad with his fiery century against England, Kevin O’ Brien has a special place in the hearts of cricket fans. Kevin and his brother Niall have played a huge role in the upliftment of Irish cricket. The former’s rise to stardom took place in the year 2011 when he played the innings of his life versus England.
All the fans in attendance at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium were lucky to be treated with a special knock from the bat of this Irish hero. Though Ireland could not qualify for the quarterfinals of the 2011 World Cup, Kevin O’ Brien etched his names in the history books by scoring the fastest century in World Cup history. His 63-ball 113 helped Ireland record a famous win over England.
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