Three Players to watch out for Ireland in the 2020 ICC T20 World Cup

Ireland will be looking to make an impression in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in Australia. Captain Andy Balbirnie will be hoping that the side can do well in this year’s T20 World Cup.

With the likes of Paul Sterling, Kevin O’Brien and Gareth Delaney in their squad, Ireland cannot be taken lightly in this showpiece event. In the past, Ireland have shown the ability to pull off upsets against top-ranked teams in the previous big tournaments.

Let’s take a look at the three players that can help Ireland do well in this 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia.

Paul Stirling

Aggressive opener is widely known for his all-out assault in the initial Powerplay overs. Paul Stirling has consistently produced scores for Ireland in the T20 format. Since previous T20 World Cup played in India, Stirling has been the leading run-scorer for the side in the format.

The 29-year old has accumulated 1373 runs in 41 T20 matches at a strike rate of 146.21 with 13 half-centuries to his name. Since past 12 months, Stirling has shown excellent form with the bat for Ireland in the T20 format. His best batting performance of 95 runs came against West Indies in a T20I match played at St George’s in Grenada.

Ireland will be hoping that opener can deliver decent scores for the side in this year’s T20 World Cup.

Kevin O’Brien

All-rounder’s power-hitting abilities are widely acknowledged in world cricket. Since his batting heroics against England in 2011 Cricket World Cup, Kevin O’Brien has suffered from inconsistency with the bat. Being promoted to open the innings has certainly worked wonders for O’Brien who likes to take the attack to the bowlers.

Since January 2019, Kevin O’Brien has accumulated 897 runs in 29 T20I matches with one century and three half-centuries to his name. His best batting performance of 124 runs came against Hong Kong at Al-Amerat in Oman in October 2019. The 36-year old will be keen to prove a point with the bat which might probably be his last hurrah in a World Cup competition.

Andy Balbirnie

Ireland Captain will be looking to lead from the front with the bat in the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in Australia. Since taking over captaincy duties, Balbirnie has been a consistent run-getter for the side in the 20-over format. Since May 2016, Balbirnie has scored 861 runs in 33 T20I matches at a strike rate of 135.80 with four half-centuries to his name.

For Ireland to progress to the next round, Balbirnie will need to put in notable scores in 2020 T20 World Cup.

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