Star Ireland batsman says he fears no bowlers
On Tuesday afternoon, the ICC asked fans on @cricketicc to pose questions on Twitter to Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien. We picked five of your best questions and this is what he had to say.
@NIL_lionaire wanted to know the one bowler he likes to face the most
I don't really fear any bowler, but respect quite a few in the competition. Obviously I'm concentrating on those we'll be facing in the group stages initially. Australia have got some good young pace bowlers in Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc, while Shane Watson is a quality performer. The West Indies look very strong, and Fidel Edwards, Darren Sammy and Sunil Narine all offer challenges which hopefully I'll be able to overcome.
@YouKay007 wanted to know if he wants to break Richard Levi's record of fastest century in T20 cricket
That would be fantastic, but given that I bat usually at five or six it would be pretty difficult. That was an incredible effort by Richard Levi who I've played with at Somerset this year in the Twenty20 game. Maybe I'll have to settle for the quickest fifty in the competition!
@arj_90 wanted to know if he has worked on his hair colour this time
Not this time though - it's my natural red colour. The hair colours were for an Irish cancer society and our exposure helped them raise a lot of money for the cause. We really couldn't have scripted it better as the day after we all either shaved or dyed our heads, we beat England in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. The guys saw it as a lucky omen so maybe it's something we'll do again in the future at tournaments.
@iamvinodr wanted to know on how it felt to play against idols
As cricketers you always want to be playing at the highest level and there are no bigger stages than the finals of World Cups playing against the elite. As professional sportspeople you always want to be testing yourself against the best. This is our fifth major tournament in five years so we've lost the starstruck mentality of the early days. It's great to play against quality players and hopefully learn from them as well.
@dasikaravi wanted to know if he feels if he could repeat his exploits of ICC Cricket World Cup 2011
Who knows! I feel I'm striking the ball well and have been preparing well in Sri Lanka. The Ireland team have been out here a week before everyone else acclimatising, so hopefully that will stand us in good stead. The pitches look good for batting so hopefully I'll clear the ropes and provide excitement for all the fans who are so passionate about the game in these parts.
Thanks for all your questions. Keep checking www.facebook.com/cricketicc and @cricketicc to find out when you can next ask player questions.