London, March 3 (IANS) Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien hopes his heroics against England would open an opportunity for him to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The 26-year-old smashed the fastest World Cup century enroute to his 63-ball 113 to help Ireland surpass England’s 327 in Bangalore.
Brien now eyes a lucrative contract from one of the cash-rich IPL franchises.
“Who wouldn’t (want to play in IPL)?. A lot of people have said that Twenty20 suits me, the way I swing the bat and hit sixes. If something comes of that, even better. If not, just concentrate on Sunday’s game and see what happens,” Brien was quoted as saying by Sportinglife.com.
Brien feels that beating England in any sport is a big achievement for Ireland.
“From a personal point of view, and I think I speak for a lot of Irish sports teams, not just cricket, beating England in any form of the game in any sport not only at a World Cup is always a fantastic occasion. I’m sure a lot of people watched that game, just like they watched the Bangladesh game (last week).
“We gave a lot of people something to smile about back home and a lot of people got behind us from then. It’s great to put a smile of their faces and really showed what we’ve been threatening to do for a while now and really back-up the performance,” he said.
“We’ve had that belief for a long time now that we can do something like that and to actually go out there and do it is a different story to thinking you can do it. It’s not just something that you can get overnight.
“We’ve had that belief for a couple of years now that we can beat anyone on our day and if we click in all departments of the game, which we know we have to in this tournament, then we can roll off results like this.”