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O'Brien looks back at WC win over Eng

Press Trust Of India
Mar 02, 2012 at 06:07pm IST

Dubai: Ireland's middle-order batsman Kevin O'Brien hopes the country continues to build on the gains it derived from the 2011 World Cup in the Indian sub-continent.

It was on the same day last year that O'Brien slammed a breathtaking 113 off 63 balls to turn the tables on England at Bangalore's Chinnaswamy stadium.

That giant-killing feat notwithstanding, O'Brien believed Ireland still have a long way to go.

O'Brien looks back at epic WC win over Eng

Kevin O'Brien slammed 113 off 63 balls as Ireland upset England in the ICC World Cup last year.

"That match brings back great memories. It is simply brilliant. When I look back at that game it was a great day for Irish cricket and for me personally," O'Brien said.

"I got a contract with Gloucestershire thereafter. I was also nominated for a few awards back home and my profile was raised in India. So it was great for me in every sense," he said.

O'Brien struck 13 boundaries and six sixes en route to his 113 as Ireland chased 327. It was also Ireland's first victory over their neighbours.

The batsman along with the rest of the Ireland squad is currently preparing at Port Elizabeth, South Africa, for the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier, scheduled to be held in the United Arab Emirates from 13-24 March.

Ireland are placed in Group B of the 16-team tournament alongside Kenya, Scotland, Namibia, Uganda, Oman, Italy and USA.

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