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23 January 201501:51

Around the wicket with: Kevin O’Brien

Kevin O’Brien set the cricket world alight when he blasted the fasted hundred in World Cup history, off 50 balls, against England during the 2011 tournament.

Around the wicket with: Kevin O’Brien - Cricket News

Kevin O'Brien hit the fastest World Cup century off just 50 balls during the 2011 tournament

We went around the wicket with O’Brien to ask him six questions about the World Cup, ODI cricket and what we can expect to see at #cwc15.

What venue are you most looking forward to playing at next year?
“I think the Gabba. We had a training session there and did some fielding out in the outfield and it looks like an unbelievable stadium. It will be one of the biggest stadiums that I’ve played in attendance wise, so I’m really looking forward to getting out there.

If not Ireland, who will win the 2015 tournament?
I think there’s probably four or five teams that will start out as favourites. The likes of Australia on home soil will be a very difficult team to play against, while South Africa of course are a very good side as well and India always play well.

Do you have a dark horse?
New Zealand on home soil will know the conditions very well and they’re playing some good cricket at the moment. I think they’re well lead by Brendan McCullum and they play some aggressive cricket. I think a lot of teams will go into the tournament confident they can go on to win it.

Who is the best one-day international player you’ve played with or against?
“There are probably too many, to be fair. I’ve played against Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting as well. The list will go on, Jacques Kallis, Graeme smith, Virat Kohli. It’s been a great experience for me over last eight years to say I’ve played against them and played with a few of them too, which is something I never thought I’d be able to achieve in my cricket career.

Who do you think is the current best ODI player in the World?
“I think maybe AB de Villiers or Virat Kohli, and if you look at fast bowlers Dale Steyn is bowling very well, and Mitchell Johnson has had a very good 12 to 14 months.

What are your favourite memories from the 2007 and 2011 tournaments?
In 2007 it was just the whole experience. It was our first World Cup as a squad and as a country. We tied the first world cup game and won the second and made it through to the knock out stages. Fast forward four years to 2011 and I think on a personal note, obviously the England game (where O’Brien scored his 50-ball ton) was a standout. The whole experience of playing in India in front of such big crowds and such passionate supporters it was a great experience for us all.

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